Restoration of clock tower cel­e­brated

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Martha Gehringer For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

BOY­ER­TOWN » The ren­o­va­tions on Good Shep­herd United Church of Christ’s clock tower are al­most done.

The clock is now il­lu­mi­nated and keep­ing per­fect time. The bell has been cleaned and pow­der coated. The ham­mer strikes the au­to­mat­i­cally on the hour and the clap­per works when the rope is pulled. Just like old times, only bet­ter. The only thing left to do is re­point the bricks, which will be fin­ished next year.

A pub­lic cer­e­mony in honor of the com­pleted re­pair work was held Sun­day, Oct. 1, in the church’s park­ing lot.

The pro­ject is the re­sult of sev­eral years of plan­ning by the Boy­er­town-based Save Our Boy­er­town Town Clock Foun­da­tion, ac­cord­ing to Glenn Wer­stler, chair­man of the Save Our Boy­er­town Town Clock Foun­da­tion com­mit­tee charged with fix­ing the clock and tower.

At the be­gin­ning of May, the re­pair work started with the dis­as­sem­bly of the clock.

The bell level is the next sec­tion up , show­ing the ham­mer that strikes the bell hourly.

PHO­TOS BY MARTHA GEHRINGER — FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Good Shep­herd UCC in Boy­er­town held a cel­e­bra­tion on Oct. 1 to mark the com­ple­tion of phase one of their clock tower restoration.

The cen­ter unit be­hind the clock faces. This is the move­ment and the LED lights that back light the clock faces.

In the low­est sec­tion of the clock tower the mech­a­nisms are lo­cated that con­trol when the clock rings, when the lights come on and the mech­a­nism that causes the ham­mer to strike the clock on the hour.

Good Shep­herd United Church of Christ’s sex­ton, Pete Trout, and Glenn Wer­stler, chair­man of the Save Our Boy­er­town Town Clock Foun­da­tion stand next to one of the clock faces. Each of the six sec­tions of the clock face weigh about 75 pounds.

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