Trinidad Tidings: Memorial Lighthouse Ceremony on May 27

The 23rd Annual Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse Ceremony is set for Sunday, May 27 at the “old” Memorial Lighthouse site on Edwards at Trinity streets. The ceremony honors those who were lost at sea or buried at sea and whose names are engraved on the Memorial plaques.

The program includes bagpipe music by Matthew Marshall followed by the flag raising ceremony and Pledge of Allegiance led by McKinleyville Boy Scout Troop 99 and Girl Scouts from Redwood Service Unit.

Dana Hope, Trinidad Civic Club President, will preside at the ceremony. The Reverend Lesley McCloghrie, Priest Associate, from Saints Martha and Mary Episcopal Mission in Trinidad, will give the invocation and vocalist Claire Bent will sing Amazing Grace and Aloha ‘Oe.  Special guest, Captain Gregory Fuller, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay, will address the audience and Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Light Keeper will be read.

Trinidad Mayor Susan Rotwein will ring the Trinidad Head Lighthouse keeper’s cottage bell.  Janine Volkmar will read the 244 memorial names followed by a USCG helicopter flyover. Saxophonist Matthew Brogdon will close the ceremony with Taps. The program is approximately 35 minutes in length. Guests need to stand for the ceremony or bring a portable chair or blanket and sit on the grass. The ceremony takes place rain or shine.

Sun Valley Floral Farms provides flowers for wreaths created by Trinidad Civic Club members.  Jackie Tidwell and McIntire Film Productions will photograph the ceremony. Sound is by DJ Kev with electricity provided by Trinidad Bay Bed and Breakfast across the street. Joan Baker is Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse secretary.

The Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse, now resting at Cher-ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria’s harbor property in anticipation of being located there permanently, was built by the Trinidad Civic Club as a replica of the 1871 Trinidad Head Lighthouse and dedicated on June 26, 1949 on land donated to Trinidad Civic Club by Earl and Neva Hallmark to house the 1871 Fourth Order Fresnel lens decommissioned from the lighthouse when the Fifth Order electric lens was installed in 1947.

The electric lens is on permanent loan from the USCG at Trinidad Museum since 2013, when an LED light was installed at Trinidad Head Lighthouse. The two-ton 1898 bronze Fog Bell from Trinidad Head also was installed in 1949 and it, too, was moved to the Trinidad Rancheria harbor property on January 10, 2018 and will be permanently  located there.

For information about the event, call Trinidad Town Hall (707) 677-0223 or go to to access Trinidad Civic Club website or

New planning commissioner

Trinidad Bay Bed and Breakfast owner Mike Morgan, who formerly served as both a planning commissioner and City Councilman, was appointed to the Trinidad Planning Commission at last Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

Morgan will join Commissioners John Graves, Brett Gregory, Diane Stockness and Richard Johnson on commission which reviews all city building and zoning permits and ordinances. It is a demanding, and often thankless but important post. Hats off to Mike Morgan and the other commissioners who volunteer their time.

In other city business last week, the council voted to go forward with the latest stormwater construction project on East Street and the Rain Garden project at the intersection of Parker, Hector and Underwood streets. GHD engineered the project. Wahlund Construction will perform the work, which will commence in June.

A resolution formalizing principles of cooperation and communication with the Yurok people and the Tribal governments within Trinidad’s greater planning area was read by Mayor Susan Rotwein and passed unanimously by the council.

Mayor Rotwein and City Manager Dan Berman attended a recent Board of Supervisors meeting which allocated Measure Z funds to add a second deputy sheriff to Trinidad’s law enforcement department. Mayor Rotwein commended Fifth District Supervisor Ryan Sundberg for his efforts in securing these funds.

A lengthy discussion on opening up the closed session (since 2005) Tsurai Management Team meetings took place with City Attorney Andy Stunich recommending that a Declaratory Relief Action be sought from the County Court.

Since public property is involved in the discussions, the Declaratory Relief Action would allow the Yurok Tribe, the Tsurai Ancestral Society, the Cher-ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria, the City, other adjacent property owners to the 12.5 acre Tsurai Study area, and the public, to be included in open discussions on the future of the land.

Jazz, Song Village at WCA

Third Friday Jazz with RLA’s Tim Randles, Mike LaBolle, Ken Lawrence and featuring guest vibraphonist Matt McClimon will take place on May 18 at 7 p.m., 501 South Westhaven Dr.  Admission is $5 to $10 on a sliding scale.

Seabury Gould will host Song Village on Sunday, May 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at WCA. Folk songs and uplifting tunes conducive to group singing will be featured.  All are invited. Call (707) 845-8167 for information or go to

The WCA Membership Exhibit is up!  Visit the gallery Friday through Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

Fashion to a Tea

Trinidad Civic Club with Belle Starr will host a formal tea party and fashion show on Sunday, May 20 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Chairmen Joey Wauters and Jan West report that the event is sold out but a waiting list is being kept.  Admission is $25 per person.  Email [email protected] or call (707) 267-5038 for inquiries.

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