June 20, 2018
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Man spends Christmas alone at Cutler lighthouse

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Little River Lighthouse seen in Cutler in July 2011.
The Associated Press

CUTLER, Maine — A lighthouse keeper is spending Christmas alone at the most northeastern island lighthouse in the country.

It’s the first time in the 164-year history of the lighthouse off the coast of Cutler, Maine, that someone will be there alone on Christmas. A family last spent the holiday at the lighthouse 36 years ago.

Bill Kitchen is taking on the yearlong endeavor as part of a living history program to show the hardships and experiences learned by living in seclusion at an island lighthouse.

Unlike lighthouse keepers in the early days, Kitchen is able to communicate through the Internet. His experiences and photographs can be viewed at www.LittleRiverLight.org or at TheLighthouseEndeavor.com.

Kitchen says he would love to receive holiday greetings from the public at kitchsync@gmail.com.


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