Mowens thanked for giving money to paint town clock

Shawn Hardy news@echo-pilot.com
Dirk and Jenna Mowen of Ganoe Paving Inc. have received a certificate of appreciation from the Borough of Greencastle for their donation for the painting of the town clock. From left, front: Joel Amsley, borough council member; Lorraine Hohl, assistant borough manager; the Mowens; and Georgina Cranston, executive director of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce. Back: Eden Ratliff, borough manager; Steve Miller, borough council president; Wade Burkholder, Greencastle borough council member; and Mayor Ben Thomas Jr. with granddaughter Quinn Everetts. SHAWN HARDY/ECHO PILOT

Dirk and Jenna Mowen of Ganoe Paving Inc. were recently recognized for their contribution for the painting of the town clock.

Greencastle Mayor Ben Thomas Jr. gave them a certificate of appreciation during a ceremony on Center Square with the town clock high above as the backdrop.

"Isn't this a beautiful community ... because of the citizens who live here," Thomas said.

Thomas said the Mowens "stepped up to the plate big time when they knew the historic town clock needed painting."

The Mowens donated $25,000 to cover scraping and painting the clock tower, which done in June in preparation for Old Home Week.

Thomas said he heard the comment, "Doesn't the town clock look wonderful?" time and again during Old Home Week.

The certificate signed by Thomas and members of borough council recognizes the Mowens for their "generous contribution for the painting of the historic town clock that serves as a centerpiece of the Square of the Borough of Greencastle, Franklin County, Pennsylvania."

Thomas also gave some history of the town clock. The original First National Bank of Greencastle was built on the northwest quadrant of the square in 1872, although it was not the brick structure occupied today by BB&T.

Citizens of Greencastle felt there should be something atop the building and a subscription drive was held, raising $1,800 — $500 for the clock, $300 for the bell and $1,000 for the structure.

The town clock's 150th anniversary will be celebrated in 2022 — the next Old Home Week.