Radio group planning event at lighthouse

The lighthouse in Berwick.
(The Daily Review Photo by Diane Miller Fears)


A local amateur radio group will be allowed to participate in an international event under the Everett S. Berry Lighthouse in Berwick.
The Town Council declared the weekend of Aug. 16 to 17 as Lighthouse Weekend, allowing Bayouland Emergency Amateur Radio Service to establish an amateur radio station under the lighthouse.
This will be the first year the group participates in International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend. Founded in Scotland in 1995, the event annually sees participation from about 50 countries.
The basic objective of the event is to promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration, and at the same time to promote amateur radio and to foster International goodwill, according to the group’s website.
The town declared the weekend and gave permission for the event on their property after BEARS representative Jackie Price explained the event, noting it would give international attention to the lighthouse on Berwick’s waterfront.
In other action at Tuesday’s meeting, the council:
—Passed an intergovernmental agreement to pay $14,740 over five years toward a new building for the Center of Hope. The parish is putting money toward the $450,000 project and asked each municipality to do the same. The parish will front the money and the municipalities will pay back their shares over the course of five years, Berwick Mayor Louis Ratcliff said.
—Passed a resolution supporting a request to the Department of Transportation and Development by Berwick High sophomore Hannah Roy to place a red light at Tournament Boulevard and La. 182.
—Approved a parade permit for the 2014 Run for Miles Event, a 5K run/walk in remembrance of former Berwick High student Miles Liner, and the Tommy Bourgeois 1-mile fun run. The event will be held April 5 beginning at Berwick High School.
—Approved a minor subdivision request by Tommy Vaughn to subdivide a property behind his home to be purchased and added to his property.
—Heard from representatives of the Cypress Sawmill Festival, Aqua Safety First Community Program and St. Mary Hazard Mitigation Plan about their programs. The council took no action.

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