Posted on: February 28th, 2013 by Archie Kirk
One of the greatest things about running a Bed and Breakfast in Cape May, NJ is the people you get to meet. This weekend I had the pleasure and honor of serving the Bruckenthal family. As most of you know Cape May, NJ is home of the Coast Gaurd Training base. Their son Petty Officer First Class Nathan B. Bruckenthal joined the Coast Guard on January 5th 1999. He served on the USCGC Point Wells, base out of Montauk, New York, prior to attending Damage Controlman “A” School. After school he was assigned to Coast Guard Station Neah Bay, in the Northwest corner of Washington, on the Makah Indian Reservation. His next assignment was at the Coast Guard Air Station in Miami, Florida with the Tactical Law Enforcement Team (TACLET) South. Nate’s first tour to the Persian Gulf region was from April to June, 2003. His second deployment was in February, 2004 and he was scheduled to return that June. During both tours, his detachment, LEDET 403, was assigned to the USS Firebolt.
In 2004, Bruckenthal and two US Navy sailors, PO1 Michael J. Pernaselli of Monroe, NY and PO2 Christopher E. Watts . of Knoxville, TN were killed while intercepting a waterborne suicide attack on the Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal, off the coast of Iraq, in the Northern Persian Gulf.
For his sacrifice, Nathan Bruckenthal was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Valor, the Purple Heart, and the Gobal War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
His father and step-mother along with other friends and relatives were in town for a special Dedication Ceremony of Bruckenthal Hall and Monument Unveiling preformed at the US Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, NJ. I had the proud honor of meeting some of his fellow servicemen that were with him that day. It is people like this that make me proud to be an American. It is people like this that make what I do every day worth it. I am truly honored to have served his family even though only for a couple of days. I have been touched by people who have paid a huge price for our freedom. It is a reminder for me how no one should take for granted the freedoms that we enjoy in this great nation of ours. May God bless America and this family who have touched my life in a special way. Thank you!
Posted on: September 15th, 2011 by Archie Kirk
Cape May, New Jersey and it’s Bed and Breakfasts survived Hurricane Irene. As usual the weather folks got this one wrong. Don’t get me wrong, we complied and evacuated as requested but how many times can you cry wolf before one starts to ignore the warnings? I am thankful that we have a Cape May to come back to. If the weather folks were correct in their prediction, I think Cape May would have been wiped off the map; so I am glad they were wrong again. It was quite an interesting week for me. Starting with the calls to cancel reservations for the upcoming storm and at this point I didn’t even know anything about it’s pending arrival. It is very frustrating for innkeepers here in town as we are constantly struggling with the poor predictions of the weather people. I have to say as long as I have been here I think they have been wrong 100% of the time. Well, maybe 99.99% of the time. That doesn’t mean I would want anyone to put themselves in danger but when you are trying to survive in our business it really makes it difficult to overcome the poor predictions, even the routine everyday ones, when someone is telling folks it’s going to rain and it turns out to be a beautiful sunny day. I kid around all the time with people. I tell them, “It doesn’t rain in Cape May”. Now in reality it does but very infrequently and definitely not even close to the amount of times they predict it will. So the next time you want to know the weather in Cape May just call me and I’ll stick my head out the window and give you a much more accurate assessment of the current conditions here in Cape May. LOL
Posted on: September 23rd, 2010 by Archie Kirk
It’s getting close to Halloween, autumn arrives this week, and the seasons have already begun to change. Craig McManus the Cape May Ghost writer has some great events lined up this October in Cape May, NJ. Craig will be doing a ghost tour and book signing on Saturday, October 9th between 7 and 10 PM at Kaleidoscope. What used to be “main street”, from Victorian days until the early 1970’s, is now a pedestrian mall with shops, stores and restaurants. After his book signing 7 – 8:30 PM he will be leading the group on a private tour of the mall. He will share with the group the many paranormal activities he has uncovered.