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Let There be Light

Let There be Light
Eagle Tribune
Friday, February 28, 2014

LAWRENCE — A beacon for the Merrimack Valley recently received a bit of a makeover.

The Ayer Mill Clock — the largest mill clock in the world, with a face just a foot smaller than Big Ben’s in London — now boasts new, brighter, energy-efficient lighting to make it visible far and wide.

“It is the face of the city and surrounding countryside,” said Dave Welbourn, president and chief executive officer of Essex County Community Foundation, which oversees the care of the clock. “We figured that now that the clock is working well, we should try to make it more visible to people.”

Charles Waites, who has been the caretaker of the clock for the last 20 years, replaced the old lighting — 16, 400-watt metal halide bulbs with 16, 300-watt compact spiral florescent light bulbs — with the aid of his son, Chris. Read more...

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