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New town clock dedicated in Elizabethtown

Rev. Fred Shaw speaks to the crowd gathered for the dedication of the new town clock at the United Church of Christ in Elizabethtown Aug. 4. Parishoners and residents dodged the raindrops to attend the event.

Rev. Fred Shaw speaks to the crowd gathered for the dedication of the new town clock at the United Church of Christ in Elizabethtown Aug. 4. Parishoners and residents dodged the raindrops to attend the event. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Parishioners and community members gathered around the front of the United Church of Christ in Elizabethtown Aug. 4 to dedicate a new face for the town clock.

Rev. Fred Shaw and Elizabethtown Supervisor Margaret Bartley spoke during the dedication of the new town clocks, both placed atop the church with one facing north toward the former school and one facing west toward Main Street.

“We have been stewards of this town clock for many years and we come here today to dedicate a new clock,” Shaw said. “It is a privilege to continue to be the stewards of this new town clock and bell.”

During the dedication, Shaw read from a letter written by Melba Wrisley, one of three local residents who are still alive that witnessed the dedication of the original clock in 1928, along with Helen Richards and Katherine Carson. Another resident, Paul Norton, passed away a week prior to the dedication.

“Mrs. Hale came into each class to talk about the clock, and told us that if we listened to the clock, then we would never be late to class,” Shaw read from Wrisley.

Bartley also announced that one of the former clock faces will be displayed in town, either at the town hall or the Adirondack History Center Museum.

“This is an interesting event historically because there was no town hall in 1928 and that is how the town clock came to be here,” Bartley said. “They are beautiful pieces of art and Elizabethtown history.”

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