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    The Mrs. C.M. Schwab School clock tower bell will chime again on Memorial Day. TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO

Published May 21. 2019 01:12PM

 

The clock tower of the Mrs. C.M. Schwab School in Weatherly has been silent for decades.

But at noon on Memorial Day, the tower’s bell will be heard through the town once again.

Borough council announced Monday that the clock and bell have been fully restored.

While the clock has been keeping time accurately for a few weeks, the volunteers of the Schwab School Restoration Project chose the holiday to officially ring in its return.

The time of noon was chosen so it wouldn’t interfere with the morning’s Memorial Day ceremonies.

“If you’re at a luncheon or a celebration, when you come out at noon, I’m sure you’re gonna hear those bells ring,” Mayor and council President Tom Connors said.

American Legion Post 360 in Weatherly will hold its ceremonies on Monday.

At 8 a.m. there is a ceremony on the memorial grounds in front of the Schwab school.

At 9 a.m., a parade will step off at Tweedle Park, pausing for the Memorial Day service at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, before ending at Union Cemetery for the main service. In the event of rain, ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. at the Eurana Park pavilion.

It has been just over three years since the borough agreed to take ownership of the Schwab school, provided local volunteers raised the money to purchase it.

The volunteers enlisted Bradford Clock, a company based in Packer Township, to dismantle and reassemble the clock. The company did hundreds of hours of work on the clock at no cost. Dawn’s Vinyl Designs printed new clock faces.

It’s the first step in the restoration of the old school. Volunteers have taken off the boards from many of the windows, and are scraping the paint off the front door so they can repaint it.

“I’m really proud of the group for the efforts they’ve made, and the local clock company for all their work to make sure that’s gonna happen,” Connors said.

The borough pays the insurance for the building.

When volunteers bought the school and turned it over to the borough, they paid $50,000 to buy it from a bank which had foreclosed on the previous owner. That owner had bought it from the school district for $40,000 after the school closed in 1991.

The school was opened in 1903 thanks to a gift from Bethlehem Steel executive Charles M. Schwab in honor of his wife, Eurana Dinkey Schwab. She was raised in Weatherly.

The Schwabs also donated Eurana Park.

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