Monday, May 28, 2012

Three Years On

I opened up this little blog three years ago today (Memorial Day 2009).  From a very small start the blog has grown ... whereas for a long time the blog was lucky to get 10 hits a day, now I average over 60.... and on big days (like July 4th weekend and last year's hurricane season) I get hundreds of hits. Amazingly, the blog has even made it into the dead-tree edition (the paper edition, not just online) of New Jersey Monthly!  Thanks to Jen Miller (no relation) for that happening.

That's great fun but the best part of the blog is it has caused me to make many friends in Cape May (most online, but a few in person) that I probably would never have met, otherwise.  Since it's been three years, I thought I would copy and past my first blog entry here, to reiterate what it was I was trying to accomplish when I started the blog.

Here's the link: http://bloggingcapemay.blogspot.com/2009/05/welcome-sun-rising-on-new-blog.html

and here's the post:

If you've landed here, it means you and I share an interest -- Cape May. If you know me, you might strike the word "interest" and insert "obsession." I can't argue with that. I'm going to use this blog to highlight the places on the internet where you can address that Cape May obsession, and often learn something in the process. I may also use it to share a photo, or a story or two.

Above you will see the sun rising adjecent to the old World War II Lookout Tower that has just been retrofitted for tourism. That photo pre-dates the recent fix-up that took place. Yes, the Tower is in Cape May Point. I will not make distinctions between Cape May, Cape May Point, West Cape May, etc., for purposes of this blog. I may note that the location or site featured is not in Cape May proper, but Cape May is as much a state of mind as a place.

Anyway, in case you don't know, there's a story below (written by Susan Tischler of CapeMay.com, more about that site and that great writer later) about the "new" Lookout Tower that is obviously quite old. I have driven, walked, and ridden my bike past it many times, and it's fun to know that now I can check it out up close and personal.

And again, Welcome!

Fire Control Tower No. 23 Grand Opening
By Susan Tischler • May 20th, 2009 • Category: Look at This
Grand Opening Ceremony for the World War II Lookout Tower

Lower Township - The Grand Opening Ceremony for the World War II Lookout Tower (Fire Control Tower No. 23) was held Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. Local World War II veterans were present and honored. A dove release was made to honor their service to our country. Dignitaries included Freeholder Leonard Desiderio, Congressman Frank LoBiondo, Senator Jeff Van Drew, Assemblymen Nelson Albano and Matt Milam, representatives from the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC) and those involved with the restoration project.

Fire Control Tower No. 23 was part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles. Built in 1942, the tower was one of fifteen concrete lookout towers that helped aim batteries of coastal artillery, stretching from North Wildwood, N.J. to Bethany Beach, DE. Four were in Cape May County, N.J.-the towers located in North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest were torn down and a third tower is located inside Cape May’s Grand Hotel, Beach and Philadelphia avenues.
With the Tower restored, visitors can climb to the sixth floor observation platform at the top and see equipment used to determine firing coordinates for massive guns on both sides of the Delaware Bay. Each level of the tower includes interpretive panels and photos that explain the tower’s function, as well as Cape May’s important role in homeland defense during World War II. The third level of the tower is dedicated to the brave men and women from the Cape May area who served during World War II and contains the “Wall of Honor” as well as “Cape May’s World War II Honor Roll.”
The World War II Lookout Tower is located on Sunset Boulevard in Lower Township near Cape May Point. The tower is open to the public daily; times vary.

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