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Daily News Record (Newspaper) - December 13, 1982, Harrisonburg, Virginia Life on a Florida Lighthouse december editors note if you want to get away from it join the coast guard and get yourself stationed at the dry Tortugas life there is comfortable enough but it comes in very Small Bojoh Platero associated press writer a when darkness comes and Petty officer 1st class Ronald Mauldin climbs the 226 stairs to the top of this 124yearold Island he feels the loneliness of Island duty and Pines for his wife and two Young but to ships plying the Florida the piercing Light panning the darkened sea is a welcomed Beacon that helps guide them through dangerous its Good but it gets old after a says the 33yearold who has been stationed at coast guard Light station dry Tortugas for the past 17 one More he and ill be trans from Loggerhead key a mile Long and about 700 feet wide resembles an uninhabited tropical Island encircled by a Sandy it changes Little after one Steps onto the single Small Dock at where the Brick Lighthouse is nearby is a modern three bedroom House for Mauldin and the other four men assigned these Are the Only permanent Resi dents at this coast guard but because of rotating leaves and compensatory time Only two or three Are Ever Here at the same those pulling Lighthouse duty on this further most Island of the Florida 70 Miles West of key West in the Gulf of Are provided All the amenities for Normal living with one blatant omission emphasizes Boatswain mate 3rd class Mike a 21yearold from fort As he gazes out the Kitchen window toward a passing yacht and fantasizes about his next Shore military routine and regi mentation Are relaxed somewhat for those selected to spend 18 months on this 16acre the men usually Are on duty 12 or 24 hours at a we provide aids to that our primary says a career coast guardsman with 10 years Active duty and five in the we maintain the Light which is on from Sundown to sunup As a landmark for a radio Beacon for ships and aircraft and we Monitor the emergency Channel 16 on vhf and Channel 9 on cd Mauldin says that every three weather conditions at the Island Are radioed to key West for National weather service and military Broad this information includes sky wind direction and other duties include maintaining the rotating Beacon and three generators that provide electricity for the Light fuel and water their radio sets and several Small Utility buildings on the As at any military grounds and quarters must be kept As officer in charge of the Mauldin prepares a weekly roster and delegates chores to be these May include mowing the Lawn Between the Lighthouse and buildings or working on expansion projects such As finishing a Small recreation coming soon main plus a federally insured investment account that pays High Money Market interest available december Call 4332467 for dominion1 savings loan t it started with a love and now youre planning a say i do the fashionable Way with 14karat Gold Art carved wedding styled for today and crafted to last a Lyric a Utopia americas master jeweler for engagement and wedding charge accounts invited maintenance on a Small whaler at dockside is another routine while the five enlisted men have specialized each knows everyone duties so they can fill in regardless of who is the most unpopular assignments for these men Are cooking and any visitor who admits knowing any thing about cooking is commandeered into we get so tired of our own laments a big treat for the men Here is when a pleasure Craft anchors nearby and they Are invited aboard for a he the five men Pool each per month for they prepare a weekly grocery which is taken to key West every thursday by a Park service boat that brings supplies to seven employees who maintain fort a National Monument on Garden key two Miles East of the a key West supermarket fills their order and sends it Back on the boats return the following fresh water and fuel Are brought monthly by a coast guard vessel and stored in huge of duty hours become laborious after a time for those stationed we sunbathe and explains but most of their spare time is spent in the Small living room watching television or viewing taped movies on a video none of the men has to patrol the Island which is covered with australian Coconut thick underbrush and Brandy and Wally two sea dogs take care of loggerheads Brandy is an Irish setter sent to the Island As a Puppy six years Wally arrived on the Island 10 years ago via the Park service Wallys a crab Digger and Brandy picks up All the Loose coconuts and hides them under the says both animals Are Friendly and enjoy explains but let anyone come near this Island at night and they will let you know about besides the annual leave Given All coast those who pull duty Here get one Day off the Island for every two single men usually stay six weeks and then have three weeks on Mauldin he chooses a plan of four weeks on duty and then two Back in key West where his and 7yearold Tawney and 3yearold the first week out Here is the second is All but the third begins to Spotswood Pat to see Yule program the Spotswood elementary school Pat will see a Christmas program at its meeting 7 youngsters in grades four through six will jury duty excuses abound Denver a some people will say anything to wiggle out of jury just ask Denver jury commissioner Bill one citizen trying to avoid the Job due to a bad Case of i would prefer not to be called to jury since i would hate to offend another sought exemption because i hate i would not find anyone one Man said he worked Rose Felt and would not like listening to someone else troubles Dur ing the morning Devereaux says Hes collected a sheaf of excuses during his nine years As com in going to write a Book about these some most he Are cooperative about serving on a but a few among the roughly Denver residents Eligi ble for service each year Are less a jury Devereaux int a its an order of the people who ignore the summons risk although he said that rarely 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