News of the Day


by Craig Altschul

The clock has been keeping time for Waterville residents for over 100 years. But it was getting “tired” after all those hours on duty. Even though it was still running, years of over oiling had slowed it down, said the News and Citizen. The clock sits in the Town Hall tower and since there is no insulation or heat, it must operate at temperatures from well below zero to 100. The clock was designed and built in the 1890s by Boston-based George Stevens. There are 10 of Stevens’ clocks in Vermont, three of which are in Lemoille County. Now, thanks to some cleaning and minor repair, the approximately 300-pound clock and bed are set to keep time for another generation before it ticks off again.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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