Doerner moves the arms of the Ohio Clock to the correct time before winding the historic timepiece on Thursday. The clock had been stuck at 12:14 during the government shutdown due to lack of staff to wind the clock.
But those looking to grab lunch in the Rayburn Deli, or ice cream at the Longworth Creamery were out of luck. The dining services closed during the shutdown will remain out of service until Oct. 21.
The air outside Rayburn carried the scent of fresh-cut grass as AOC employees got to work neatening up grass on the sidewalk. A member of the gardening team pushed a lawn mower in a neat row through the lawn of the horseshoe-shaped drive.
To the delight of a crowd of photographers crowded around the ancient timepiece, Museum Specialist Richard Doerner, climbed three steps of a silver stepladder to wind the clock’s hands, then slipped off an ornate wooden cover reached a glove hand into the mechanism.