During this fall, the 177-year-old Tenants Harbor Baptist Church has undergone renovations to the its steeple.

The major repairs have been needed for more than a decade, and the work, done by J. Richardi Construction Inc., is now complete. Church officials said in a news release that they were pleased with the workmanship.

Sunday, Dec. 16, the congregation marked the completion of the project with a ceremonial ringing of the church's bell, located at the top of the steeple in the belfry. Prior to the renovations, the bell could not be rung.

The church, founded in 1842, has played an important role in Tenants Harbor and the larger St. George community, the release said. Sitting high on the hill on Main Street, the church steeple has been referred to as the "Lighthouse on the Hill."

The steeple renovation project was made possible by a matching grant from the Maine Community Foundation