'Time' to Celebrate
Published: September 26, 2013
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Clarks Green Borough is set to celebrate its centennial in 2014 and plans on marking the occasion by dedicating a timepiece for posterity.
The Clarks Green Centennial Clock is set to be unveiled during the borough's centennial celebration next May and committee members are currently seeking sponsorships to help this dream become a reality.
"We were looking for something for the town that would be long-lasting and we discovered that the centennial was coming up," said clock committee chair Gail Rees. "We thought it would be natural to partner with the centennial committee and make it into a commemoration for the 100th anniversary of the borough."
The 13-foot-tall clock will be constructed by the Verdin Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio. The entire $20,000 cost of the clock will be paid for through donations and sponsorships. The clock will be placed in Clarks Green Borough Park, near where N. Abington Road meets Glenburn Road by the monument to the borough's namesake Deacon William Clark.
Sponsorship levels are based on the amount of money donated to the project. Bronze-level ranges from $5-$200 and all bronze-level donors will be acknowledged on the clock project's website, www.clarksgreentower.org. Silver-level sponsorships begin at $250 and donors, besides having their names listed on the website, will also receive a working miniature pewter replica of the clock. Gold-level sponsorships begin at $500 and, besides receiving the perks of bronze- and silver-level sponsorships, donors will also receive a personalized inscription on a bronze plaque to be placed on the base of the actual Clarks Green clock. Platinum- level sponsorships begin at $1,000 and donors will also receive prominent recognition on the project website as well as on the advertisements for the unveiling ceremony.
"We thought of something long-lasting and traditional that would respect the age of the borough," Rees said. "It wasn't a brand-new idea, because other towns have done something similar, but we thought it would leave a lasting impression for future generations that would tie in with the centennial. How many times do you mark a 100th birthday?"
Anyone interested in making a donation toward the clock project may contact Rees at 570-587-0505. Sponsorships may be sent to Rees's attention at 318 East Grove St., Clarks Green, PA 18411 or faxed to her attention at 570-585-2061.
Residents will also have the opportunity to purchase engraved paving stones to be placed around the base of the clock. Information on purchasing the pavers can be found at www.clarksgreen.info or by calling 570-586-4446.