Just in time for spring and summer outdoor activities, Waxahachie Lighthouse for Learning is offering something new and different for the spring semester.

Coleman Lantern Troubleshooting will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, outside the Ron Appleton Agri-Science building at the Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy.

Murrie Wainscott of Italy, who was the ag teacher at Italy High School for 30 years, has taught Dutch Oven Cooking for Lighthouse the past five.

“I accumulate Coleman lanterns,” Wainscott said, saying he owns about 200 lanterns he’s obtained from garage sales, flea markets, pawn shops or received from friends.

“I’m not a genius or an expert – I just enjoy messing with them and working on them,” he said.

The two-hour class will cover basic operation, disassembling a lantern to discover the components and trouble shooting. The cost is $10.

Wainscott said this is not a “bring out all the lanterns that don’t work and this guy will fix them kind of thing.” He said the class is not a repair shop, but a hands-on opportunity.

“If they have a problem (with a lantern), bring it and we can diagnose the problem,” he said. “It looks complicated but when you disassemble it and look at the functions, it’s not that complicated.”

There are only about five major parts that can be replaced, said Wainscott, who has some parts that will available for purchase.

“I encourage people to come out to see what is wrong with their lantern or just learn more about them,” he said. “This is a new course. This is kind of a hobby or something people enjoy and take just for fun.”

Waxahachie Lighthouse for Learning is a cooperative effort between Waxahachie ISD, the Texas A&M Extension Agency, Master Gardeners and other individuals, organizations and businesses in the community. Spring semester classes begin Feb. 21. Course catalogs are available at business throughout the community, at the Waxahachie Daily Light, local libraries, chambers of commerce and are being distributed to WISD elementary students to take home.

Online registration with credit card payment is available at http://WISD.revtrak.net. To pay with cash or check, students can register in person or by mail at 411 N. Gibson St. Registration is accepted from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For individuals who can’t fit on-site classes into their busy schedules, an online program offers an extensive selection of courses. Visit www.ed2go.com/lighthouse to register. Click on the orientation link and follow the instructions to enroll and pay for the course.

For additional information, contact Melissa Cobb at mcobb@wisd.org or call 972-923-4631, ext. 142.

Contact Rebecca at rhertz@wninews.com or call 469-517-1451.