Ringing in the Centennial
A piece of Clarks Green's history has now found a permanent home on the grounds of the borough's municipal building.
The bell that once graced the bell tower of the former Baptist Church of Clarks Green was originally slated for the junk yard but the current owners of the former church property, the Waverly Masonic Lodge No. 301, have instead decided to donate it to the borough. The Waverly Masonic Lodge No. 301 is located at 118 N. Abington Road in Clarks Green.
Weighing more than 500 pounds, the will be mounted on a steel frame and placed outside the entrance to the borough building, 104 N. Abington Road. A sign welcoming people to Clarks Green once stood on the spot where the bell will be installed; this sign will be replaced with an electronic sign in the near future. The formal bell dedication ceremony will take place this Saturday, Oct. 5, at noon at the Clarks Green Borough Building.
Clarks Green mayor Bill Thorburn explained that when the borough received the bell, it wasn't in display condition.
"I took it and cleaned it up," he said. "It was green when we got it, so I polished it up a bit."
Thorburn explained that the now-disbanded church was established in 1853. The bell was cast in 1869 at Meneelys Foundry in New Troy, N.Y. Meneelys Foundry was established in 1826 and ceased operations in 1952. The bell will be dedicated in memory of Barton E. Earl, the past master of Waverly Masonic Lodge No. 301.
While the bell dedication will serve as the formal kickoff to the borough's centennial celebration, borough residents will also receive a commemorative calendar featuring photographs depicting the borough's history in the coming months.
Residents have already received information about the centennial clock that will be formally unveiled during the official centennial celebration in 2014.
Thorburn welcomes borough residents to get involved with all aspects of the centennial planning process.
"It has been a nice committee to work with, they are doing great work," he said. "We are trying to get as many people in the community as involved in our centennial as we can."
For more information on Clarks Green's centennial, visit www.clarksgreen.info or call the borough building at 570-586-4446.