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Bellingham bank building clock to be repaired again

The Bellingham National Bank building on Aug. 7, 2014. The clock outside has stopped working but repairs are planned.
The Bellingham National Bank building on Aug. 7, 2014. The clock outside has stopped working but repairs are planned. The Bellingham Herald

With its hands stopped at 9:50, the clock outside the Bellingham National Bank building is undergoing a new set of repairs.

David Johnston, co-owner of the building, said in an email that the clock, which has decorated the building at the corner of East Holly Street and Cornwall Avenue since 1927, was stopped intentionally because it was failing to keep accurate time.

An attempt was made to power the clock with batteries as it currently has no dedicated power source. The batteries were unsuccessful, however.

A permit is being sought that would allow a dedicated electrical circuit to run to the clock, which would potentially allow the clock to keep proper time, Johnston said.

“It’s been a challenging project, but we are hopeful and excited to have it working soon,” he said.

The clock also underwent a week of repairs in December 2014.

Libby Keller can be reached at 360-715-2242 or libby.keller@bellinghamherald.com.

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