Heart of it all needs assistance

For more than 120 years, Grand Haven residents and visitors have looked up to the clock atop First Reformed Church.
Feb 6, 2013


They've set their pocket watches, wrist watches and, later, car clocks to the Washington Avenue landmark. They've married, worshipped, baptized or celebrated according to the time it delivers with infallible accuracy. Shops have opened and closed their doors according to its bells or chimes.

The clock has bore witness to the lives of generations of residents. It has been the ticking heartbeat of Grand Haven for more than a century.

But to last another 100 years, or even 50, it must be preserved.

City leaders recognize this and are seeking grants and donations to help cover the bulk of a $25,000 restoration effort for the timepiece.

As Mayor Geri McCaleb said, this is our clock and it "deserves all of the tender love and care it needs."

We couldn't agree more.

The city's responsible stewardship in seeking non-taxpayer dollars to cover the restoration also strikes us as wise.

Some might say that the notion of a town clock is too antiquated, and the clock itself should be moved to a museum, but this clock is a part of the fabric of our community. It has stood the test of time, and is as much a part of our identity as the lighthouse has been in guiding ship captains to safe harbor.

Let us accord it the same vigorous fundraising and care.

Support our clock. Support our community.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.



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