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New video highlights lighthouse restoration

A new film by local videographer Nick James is about the restoration of the historic Port Clinton lighthouse. The video, which run just over five minutes in length, features interviews with Conservancy board members and volunteers, accompanied by footage of the restoration work and historical still photos. The film, which James produced in only three days, was conceived as a trailer for a larger documentary about the history, restoration, and return of the Port Clinton lighthouse to the Lake Erie waterfront.

Members of the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy, aided by a team of dedicated volunteers, meticulously restored the lighthouse after it sat alongside the Portage River for over 60 years. James was editor for the Peter Huston film, “The Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Documentary”, which has been nominated for a 45th Annual Lower Great Lakes Emmy Award. 

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Port Clinton Lighthouse ready for its new home

Thanks to John Smothers and Bill Moon, with the help of Jordan Davenport, Brooke Brown and other volunteers, the Port Clinton Lighthouse is 90% restored. The lighthouse, which once sat on the pier that is now property of the Port Clinton Yacht Club, has been going through restoration for roughly two years. Right now, the Port Clinton Lighthouse is kept in a storage facility in Brands’ Marina. The members of the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy hope that will soon change.

“We are ready to move soon,” said Rich Norgard of the Port Clinton Lighthouse Conservancy. “Our moving date is contingent on our agreement with Brands’ and the City of Port Clinton. Both have been very cooperative in our project.”

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