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Tick tock! New clock will be erected in downtown Springville

TIME TO GET A WATCH — Pictured is an artist’s rendering of the clock that is being planned, for the corner of Mechanic and Main streets in Springville.
SPRINGVILLE — This year marks 43 years since the demolition of the former Farmer’s Bank, at the corner of Main and Mechanic streets in Springville.

For more than 15 years, the Concord Historical Society, Springville Area Chamber of Commerce and the village have been working together, to restore downtown.

A few years ago, M&T Bank gifted the pocket park to the historical society and village of Springville.

Those groups have unveiled plans to complete the park, this year.

More than 49 years ago, the clock in this park stopped. This year, a committee was formed, to bring the timepiece back to the village.

The Springville Community Clock Committee invited Ernie Houthuyzin, regional manager of the Verdin Clock Company, to speak about the clock that the committee will erect, this year. Representatives from the village of Springville, town of Concord and the business community were in attendance.

The clock being considered is a Seth Thomas-inspired, four-faced clock that will stand nearly 20 feet tall.

It will feature computerized clock movements, will be programmed to play the Westminster chime on regular intervals and has the ability to sound different tunes, such as Christmas songs.

Clocks of this nature have already been erected in East Aurora, Hamburg, Lancaster and Franklinville.

According to Concord Historian Dave Batterson, a member of the clock committee, Verdin Clock Company was chosen “because of the quality of its clocks and the reputation they have, in the region.”

June 24 was the kickoff for the summer clock fundraising campaign. The community has been invited to participate in erecting the new clock, which will be a feature of the new park at the corner of Main and Mechanic streets.

The clock committee has announced plans for the completion of this project by Dec. 1. Several levels of sponsorship, including corporate, gold, silver and bronze, are currently available.

All donations to the clock fund are tax-deductible.

For more information, for specific sponsor details or, to have the clock committee give its presentation to a group or business, call 592-0094.

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