Wenatchee raising money for clock

WENATCHEE -- Money can't buy more time, but maybe it can improve the timepiece.

The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center and Wenatchee Downtown Association are trying to raise $5,000 to pay for repairs and upkeep of the Millennium Clock.

The Howard/Seth Thomas replica, which stands 18 1/2 feet tall and weighs 550 pounds, has ticked to its own off-kilter beat since it was donated to the city and placed at Centennial Park in 2000.

This past summer, the city took it apart and shipped the gear box back to the manufacturer for an overhaul.

The clock was reassembled downtown Jan. 25 and time once again is marching on at the downtown street corner.

But the city will have to change the way it maintains the clock to avoid problems in the future, said Dan Frazier, Wenatchee's director of public works engineering.

The Millennium Clock fund has been set up to help cover the costs, said museum spokeswoman Chris Rader. Checks can be sent to the museum at 127 S. Mission St., or the Downtown Association at 103 Palouse St., Suite 35.