Restoration of clock tower celebrated
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.
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.