Bewley welcomes Sen. Baldwin’s successful effort to preserve historic beacon

Ahead of a ceremony marking the centennial of a treasured Ashland landmark, State Senator Janet Bewley (D-Delta) added her voice to a chorus of local leaders applauding the preservation of the Ashland Harbor Breakwater Light and saluting Senator Tammy Baldwin’s leadership in securing a bright future for a beacon with a proud history.

“The Light was built to guide sailors safely into our harbor.  Thanks to Sen. Baldwin’s skillful effort to navigate the partisan gridlock of Washington this landmark now has a secure future as beacon drawing people to appreciate both the history and beauty of the area we are lucky to call home,” Bewley said. 

Bewley said a beautiful summer weekend ahead offers Ashland the chance to highlight not the only the Light, which will be officially made a part of the Apostle Island National Lakeshore Saturday, but the bustling communities and incomparable scenery of Ashland and the Lakeshore.

Long under the jurisdiction of the US Coast Guard, the landmark will be transferred to the National Park Service for preservation thanks to bi-partisan legislation authored by Sen. Baldwin and signed into law in the waning days of 2014, just in time for the 100th year of the Light.

“I appreciated Sen Baldwin’s statement recognizing the light as a ‘pubic treasure and distinctive marker of Ashland’s role in the region’ when she announced efforts to preserve it,” Bewley said.  “I’m proud to join those recognizing her role in making this weekend’s event and the lighthouse’s future a reality.  Countless sailors since 1915 have welcomed the sight of this light and home.  We can all thank Sen. Baldwin for her leadership in preserving this beacon’s future well beyond 2015.”

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