The Carrabelle Lighthouse Association elected officers for the 2013-2015 biennium at its monthly meeting held on Tuesday, June 4.
They are President Delores Hardin; Vice President for Special Events and Public Relations Lesley Cox; Vice President for Membership and Fundraising Sharon Rider; Secretary Arlene Oehler; Treasurer Kathy Swaggerty and Historian John Canetta.
Hardin, the past CLA treasurer, brings a variety of management experiences to her new position. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay area where she received an associate of arts degree with honors from Contra Costa Community College and Medanos College. Most of her art was abstract wood assemblage inspired by Louise Nevelson.
In 1981 she moved to Arkansas where she was the office manager for the Hardin Family sawmill. She then moved to Little Rock in 1991 and worked at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock until retirement in 2007. Her first year at UALR was spent working with the Arkansas Space Grant Consortium and NASA Epscore Program. She spent subsequent years working in the UALR art department office and taking additional art classes.
She is married to Robert Vernon Hardin (Vern) and has an adult son and a daughter and a pet yellow Lab which is about three years old, named Tramp, aka Mr. T.
Delores began taking trips to the Gulf Coast with her family and moved here in 2002-3. They found their dream lot six miles west of Carrabelle. She has volunteered for Relay for Life, Big Bend Hospice, and the Forgotten Coast Black Bear Festival. She currently spends the majority of her time volunteering at the library and for the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association.
She believes the lighthouse is important because it represents a big part of Carrabelle history and can be a great resource to bring tourists to the Franklin County area. She said the lighthouse and museum draw fans from all over the world. She just met a couple from Sweden.
The Crooked River Lighthouse Keeper’s House Museum is open 20 hours a week with Crooked River Lighthouse climbing on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Between Oct. 2010 and Jan. 2013, a total of 7,478 visitors have signed the guest book.