By Terry Kovarik
UPDATE: Robin Nelson, Chair of the City of Kewaunee Lighthouse Committee, received a telephone call this afternoon from the U.S. Coast Guard saying that, weather permitting, the Kewaunee and Algoma lighthouse lenses will be moved between November 12th through November 14th.
The Kewaunee County History Center will not have to wait until next spring to get the historic Fresnel lens from the Kewaunee Pierhead Lighthouse. The U.S. Coast Guard had delayed the removal of lenses from both Kewaunee and the Algoma Pierhead Lighthouses while historic documentation was being filed on the Algoma lens. Coast Guard Environmental Engineer Wayne Kean says that process is done and the lens removals have been rescheduled.
Once the Kewaunee and Algoma lighthouse lenses are removed only about 10 Great Lakes lighthouse will still have operating Fresnel lenses.