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      Historic Lighthouse helps spread word about autism

      It was the second annual Autism Awareness Family Weekend at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Northport.

      A Northern Michigan lighthouse wrapped up a special weekend long event on Sunday that was all about spreading the word about autism.

      It was the second annual Autism Awareness Family Weekend at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse in Northport. Dozens of families who had been touched by autism in some way, along with folks that were just interested to learn more came out for the event.

      There were games for the kids, special tours of the historic lighthouse, and a flag raising ceremony for a special nautical themed autism flag. Organizers say that it's a special event that hits close to home for many staff members at the lighthouse.

      "We have a member of our board of directors who has a close family friend that has an autistic child," said Programs Coordinator, Lindsey Wooten. "And she started to realize how much it really affects an entire family and thought that it was a very worthy cause to try to bring to public attention and since we're a pretty readily visited historic site we thought it would be a good avenue to do so."

      The Grand Traverse Lighthouse was named the first autism friendly historic site in the state of Michigan last year.