- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

HARRISVILLE, Mich. (AP) - A camera system has been installed at a Harrisville lighthouse to help those with mobility issues see a view from the top of the lighthouse at the bottom.

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse is 70 feet tall and has more than 87 steps, making it difficult for people with mobility issues to reach the top, The Alpena News (https://bit.ly/2cepurU ) reported.

Alcona Historic Society members Bruce Welther and Ron Weidenfeller installed two cameras at the top of the lighthouse and a television monitor at the bottom of the lighthouse two weeks ago for $270.

Alcona Historic Society President Linda Klemens said the cameras connect to the television monitor to show views of Lake Huron and Sturgeon Point as well as details of the workings of the lighthouse’s Fresnel lens.

“It’s kind of fun,” she said. “Now grandparents who can’t climb can see their grandchildren at the top, for example.”

Klemens said there’s also an obstacle that often makes it hard for children to explore the lighthouse.

“There is a hatch at the top that you have to pull yourself through,” she said. “So small children are not able to do that, and anyone who has any kind of physical limitations can’t either.”

Klemens said she is happy with the technology upgrades.

“I’m a person who has a phobia and can’t climb, so it was a big thrill for me to see it,” she said. “It’s my 9th year since I have been society president and I have not been able to see the top until now.”

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Information from: The Alpena News, https://www.thealpenanews.com


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