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Larchmont Village Clock Marks the Start of Daylight Saving Time Today

The Larchmont Village Clock, installed in 2005 by the Wilshire Rotary, automatically “spring forwards” for Daylight Savings Time, starting today.


The next time you are on Larchmont, take note of our lovely Larchmont Village clock, which resets automatically each season – marking the first day of Daylight Saving Time and then back again, of course!  Last year we learned the story of who is responsible for this wonderful tribute to our community and how it works.

According to John Miron, a local accountant who served as president of the Wilshire Rotary and spearheaded the installation of the clock tower in 2005, the clock automatically resets for Day Light Savings Time, thanks to a computer chip.

Though the first year it was installed, the clock didn’t reset and Miron told us he got nearly 50 phone calls saying the clock was wrong.  But the problem was soon corrected when he contacted the manufacturer, who came out and made the adjustment. Ever since then it’s been running on time.

“We’ll see on Sunday if it’s still working,” joked Miron, who shared the story of how the clock was installed on Larchmont Blvd. “I wish we had the foresight to put it in the middle of the street,” said Miron, looking back, “but it was an ordeal to get the clock installed at all.”

Miron credits then-City Councilmember Tom LaBonge for assigning a staff member to the project and helping Miron get clearances from all the various city agencies involved. The power was provided by the Bureau of Street Lighting, and the Department of Transportation signed off on the location, as well as Building and Safety. City crews came out and dug the hole and laid the small concrete foundation for the clock.

The idea for the clock came from Wilshire Rotarians Sandy McClean, Earl Vaugh and Elsa Gillham, still an active Rotarian you will see at the Christmas Tree Lot and Pumpkin Patch, who was also a member of the Larchmont Boulevard Association at the time, as way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Wilshire Rotary. At the time, the project cost about $15,000 to complete.

Happy 117th Birthday to the Wilshire Rotary, which, like our Larchmont Village Clock, keeps on ticking and serving our community.

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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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