Dec. 15 2010 12:00 AM

Bells are ringing — again

Wentworth Park clock is back to making music after a lengthy silence

Music is in the air. At least it is near Wentworth Park in downtown Lansing.

Across from the Radisson, on the corner of Michigan and Grand Avenues, sits a 31-foot-high steam-powered clock, which — for the past two years — has been rather quiet.

The clock tower was donated by the Rotary Club of Lansing in 1997, but since the Lansing Combined Sewer Overflow Control Project was working in the area, the electricity had to be cut off to the corner. Thus, the clock tower’s 49-bell electronic carillon has been out of commission.

“The time it spent dormant really didn’t bode well for the clock,” said Suzy Carter, executive director of the Lansing Area Safety Council.

The carillon in the tower had to be replaced. The original that was taken out was about 24 inches by 24 inches, and the new system is only about the size of a shoebox.

The clock has its power restored and the new carillon has been installed. The clock now chimes on the hour and the half hour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and from noon to 8 p.m. on weekends.

The clock also plays a song twice a day, at 12:05 p.m. and 5:05 p.m. The carillon can play over 10,000 different songs, ranging from holiday music to patriotic tunes to Beatles hits.

The clock will continue playing holiday tunes for the rest of the season. Carter hopes to keep the theme music running throughout the year, love songs for Valentine’s Day, and Irish songs around St. Patrick’s Day.

The tower itself has four clock faces, three of which stay in sync fairly well and one that tends to rebel, as Carter says.

“This tower is a continual work in progress,” Carter said. “But it’s a really nice aspect