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    MLBaron is an accomplished artist who practices in varied media from the old American Folk Art of Scrimshaw, to award winning videos and photography. Living on West Island, Fairhaven,MA offers an abundance of subject matter. With every changing season along the shore or inside the West Island State Reservation, an opportunity for a special photo is never hard to come by. This small island is located near the Cape Cod Canal and Martha's Vineyard, MA. West Island is small enough to fit inside New York's Central Park. MLBaron is a SkyWarn Weather Spotter and maintains the West Island Weather Station KA1WBH.


   Spotter experience, Deadly heat wave August 1975, The Blizzard of 1978, Hurricane Gloria 1985, Hurricane Bob 1991 Associated Press award to WNBH radio for outstanding coverage  in which I was a live correspondent, my weather communications tower destroyed. The Crow Island 600 ft. radio tower also destroyed, total damage 1.6 billion dollars regionally.   The Perfect Storm October 1991,the Gloucester -based Andrea Gail  lost at sea with all hands.  The Blizzard of March 1993 West Island Weather Station tower top 17 feet  of antenna and 2 weather stations were destroyed.  The Blizzard of 1996, Blizzard of 1997. Rare Tornado warning event 2000, the West Island Weather Station hit by lightning and hail, multiple assets and equipment destroyed. The oil-spill of 2003.

West island Tower

Citations: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts  House of Representatives, the Town of Fairhaven (3), Coalition of Vietnam Vets. Hands Across the River, Fairhaven Rotary Club, the National Academy of Cable Excellence (ACE) nomination. The  Massachusetts Cable TV Commission, First Place award for documentary 1985 Hurricane Gloria. Massachusetts Cable TV Commission First Place Award for a documentary on the 1938 Hurricane. The  Massachusetts Cable TV Commission nomination for a documentary on the abandoned Atlas Tack factory 1987. National Weather Service Citation 1997. Judge for The Academy of Cable Excellence Awards, Gabriel Awards-Catholic Diocese, Massachusetts Cable TV Commission,  Award for dedicated civilian service from The Massachusetts Army National Guard. Certificate of Merit from The American Cancer Society, Person of the Year award from MADD. Person of the Month from the New Bedford Standard-Times. Past Program Director for Fairhaven and Acushnet Public Access TV for 14 years. Publicity Director for Save West Island, Inc., Chairman of the Fairhaven Arts Cultural Council for 6 years. Amateur radio operator., Callsign: KA1WBH, Technician Plus.

(Right: ML with Dr Bob Sheets-National Hurricane Center and Bob Thomspon, Director of National Weather Service-Northeast) 

 

 By a prop of a Hurricane Hunter     With Boston Meteorologist  Harvey Leonard

     

  With Walter Cronkite (KB2GSD)

 

 

With Mass Governor Michael Dukakis, State Rep John Bradford 1989      

With Mass Governor Paul Cellucci 1992

 ML continues his life long practice of Scrimshaw, now in his 38th year. He continues to spot weather since 1975. In his spare time he is a recreational shell fisherman ,avid mountain bike rider, and beach goer with his dogs in the trails of The West Island State Reservation. He also is a storm/weather correspondent for WBSM AM 1420, Fairhaven Neighborhood News and  The Standard-Times.

 

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