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Centennial Park timepiece to return to village of Hamburg

HAMBURG — Remember the clock that used to sit at the Centennial Park in the village of Hamburg? That fixture has since been taken down, but the Hamburg Village Board recently announced that it will once again position the clock somewhere in the village.

The timepiece, which was previously located on Main and Buffalo streets, was taken down, during the Route 62 Project.

Deputy Village Clerk Mary McKee reported that “it wasn’t functioning properly” and was put into storage.

During its Dec. 16 meeting, the Hamburg Village Board discussed ways to utilize a recent $2,500 donation from the Russo Family Charitable Foundation.

Village Administrator Donald Witkowski noted that the foundation had specified a portion of the donation go toward Hamburgh Holidays decorations.

Several village wreaths and the local timepiece will both receive funding from the foundation’s donation.

“Now that we have a funding source, I’d like to allocate some of that money to the clock, regarding a village timepiece that is currently being repaired,” Deputy Mayor Thomas Tallman said.

The clock will be receiving a new home, however. Since the reconstruction of the Centennial Park, in which the clock was previously located, its former home is no longer available.

“It was nice and strategically located there, but they changed the layout of the park,” McKee said.

Village Mayor Thomas Moses said that the clock was originally placed in the park in the ‘70s or ‘80s. After the timepiece was taken down, during the Route 62 Project, it became apparent that clock was not functioning properly.

During the past year, the village board decided to take the clock out of storage and restore it.

Paul Gong, a repairman who has worked on many clocks in the city of Buffalo, has agreed to take on the job. According to Moses, the repair will cost approximately $1,800.

Some of the piece’s gears needed tweaking. In addition, the clock will now be able to automatically reset itself, in the event of a power outage.
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