KHYNNA KUPRIAN, Staff Writer
BENNINGTON -- The historic clock located at the Bennington Four Corners faced problems last month when town workers replacing the sidewalk found it in disrepair, but on Friday members of the community watched as it was given a hand back into place.
"The base was rotting out, it was going to tip over eventually," said Dan Nordheim, the facilities manager at People's National Bank.
A gift to the people of the town in 1928 from the former County National Bank, the clock has kept time in Bennington for the past 85 years.
"We kind of inherited it," said Sharyn Brush, vice president of People's National Bank, the current keepers of the timepiece. "The banks have always retained ownership of the clock."
While declining to specify the cost of the maintenance, People's United ticked the cost of the upkeep into their personal checkbook; and all of the work was done locally.
The pole and old base were replaced by L&G Fabricators, while Jamie Jerome of Jerome Construction dismantled and stored the timepiece.
C. L. White Glass, owned by Brian Peat, replaced the glass windows on all four sides, each of which has a door. Joe Cardamone, of Glass Fusion Studios of Vermont, cleaned the stained glass pieces below the clock.
The historic gift was last taken down in 2006, when it was converted to run on a GPS system. "We used to have to set it by hand every year," said Brush.
It now also has LED lights, thanks to John Myers of Myers Electric, and the copper screening has been repaired.
Residents of the community no longer have to be alarmed, exactly four weeks after it was taken down, the clock is back at work in its rightful place in downtown Bennington.
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