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Plaque highlighting town clock’s history erected next to it

By Dan Miller, danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 4/19/17

A plaque drawing attention to the story of Middletown’s iconic town clock has been erected in front of the large timepiece at Emaus and Union streets.

The plaque pays tribute to The Mothers …

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Plaque highlighting town clock’s history erected next to it

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A plaque drawing attention to the story of Middletown’s iconic town clock has been erected in front of the large timepiece at Emaus and Union streets.

The plaque pays tribute to The Mothers Congress Circle, a charitable group that almost 100 years ago sold cupcakes to raise money to buy the clock. The circle presented the clock to Middletown Borough Council in 1923 to honor the veterans of World War I from Middletown.

The borough placed the clock in front of what was then The Farmers Bank. Today, it is the Brownstone Cafe.

The plaque is decades old and had been attached to the clock, until the clock was sent to upstate New York for repairs in 2015, said Jenny Miller, chairwoman of the Middletown Historical Restoration Commission.

After the clock returned in June 2016, the borough decided to give the plaque its own space. The project was taken on by the borough’s Public Works Department, using materials that the borough already had on hand, said Director Greg Wilsbach.

“A lot of people never noticed it when it was attached to the clock,” Miller said. “I do think it draws more attention to the plaque” this way.

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