How Timely Is This!

The clock in the tower of the former Central Fire Hall in downtown Welland  provides  opportunity for a timely reminder: Don't forget to turn your clocks back one hour before retiring for the evening! Eastern Standard Time officially begins Sunday morning.

The clock in the tower of the former Central Fire Hall in downtown Welland provides opportunity for a timely reminder: Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before retiring for the evening! Eastern Standard Time officially begins Sunday morning.

The former Central Fire Station at Hellems Avenue and Division Street has a footnote in local history that may have gone forgotten in the passing of time.

William H. Lewis, the late local historian and author, provides this in the second volume of his Welland trilogy, A History of the City of Welland: The Continuing Years:

Central was constructed in 1920 “at a cost of $43, 851. In 1962, like its predecessors, this building suffered damage by fire. The 70-foot tower, erected to dry the hoses, was gutted and the original clock destroyed. Repairs were soon made.”

The clock may be the best known time piece in Welland. Who will turn back its hands to mark the start of Eastern Standard Time, after 2 a.m. Sunday morning? Will it be done on time?

(A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City.)

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