Ink stamp features lighthouse

Lighthouse enthusiasts soon will be able to commemorate a visit to Washington's newest lighthouse with a U.S. Lighthouse Society passport and stamp featuring the Clover Island lighthouse.

The Port of Kennewick worked with the society to create the ink stamp.

The nonprofit society is adding the Kennewick lighthouse to a list of national passport-stamp locations and will encourage its members and lighthouse enthusiasts to visit Clover Island.

The new stamp will be unveiled at the port's commission meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Local lighthouse enthusiast Skip Gest, who championed the project with the Port of Kennewick and U.S. Lighthouse Society, will receive the first stamp, adding to an extensive collection of stamps already in his passport book.

The ink stamp will be available immediately after the Tuesday commission meeting at the Clover Island Inn and Ice Harbor Brewing Company on Clover Island.

Donations for the stamp are requested, with proceeds going to the nonprofit society for preservation and upkeep of lighthouses nationwide. Society passport books are also available for sale ($10 each) at both Ice Harbor Brewing Company at the Marina and at Clover Island Inn.

This is a great time to unveil the new program, said Larry Peterson, Port of Kennewick director of planning and development in a news release.

"In response to numerous public requests, the port just this week replaced the lighthouse light to increase visibility at night. That project will help showcase the island and lighthouse to the many people who travel specifically to visit lighthouses," he said.

Tana Bader Inglima, director of governmental relations and marketing, agreed.

"The USLHS passport stamp program and the port's investments at Clover Island are important for this community," she said in a news release.

"It's about more than just a fun new stamp. When people visit, they take photos, they collect the passport stamps, and they email, post, and share these memories with their family and friends all over the world. ... The Clover Island lighthouse is becoming an ambassador for our community."