Quantcast

West Shore Man All Wound Up About His Business - abc27 WHTM

West Shore Man All Wound Up About His Business

Posted: Updated:
  • Let's Go PlacesMore>>

  • Shippensburg University Hosts Meet and Greet With a Kick

    Shippensburg University Hosts Meet and Greet With a Kick

    Shippensburg University Hosts Meet and Greet With a Kick

    Friday, August 29 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-08-29 13:31:46 GMT
    It's certainly a unique way to break the ice between incoming freshmen and the faculty at Shippensburg University. A just for fun soccer match.Or, as PA announcer Stephanie Jirard, a Criminal Justice professor, put it: "The geriatric ward against the new generation!"The game has become a tradition at SU, organized seven years ago by the school's chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.Human Communications Studies Professor Dr. Kara Laskowski, public r...More >>
    It's certainly a unique way to break the ice between incoming freshmen and the faculty at Shippensburg University. A just for fun soccer match.Or, as PA announcer Stephanie Jirard, a Criminal Justice professor, put it: "The geriatric ward against the new generation!"The game has become a tradition at SU, organized seven years ago by the school's chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties.Human Communications Studies Professor Dr. Kara Laskowski, public r...More >>
  • Historic Ferry Boat Operation Still Draws Riders

    Historic Ferry Boat Operation Still Draws Riders

    Historic Ferry Boat Operation Still Draws Riders

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:16 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:16:25 GMT
    It's only a one mile journey in distance, but it covers nearly two centuries in time."People come to enjoy the river," said Don Lebo, as he guided another load of vehicles onto the Roaring Bull V. "They come to enjoy the scenery and to enjoy the wildlife."Lebo should know. He's been at the helm of the Roaring Bull V and the Falcon III ferry boats for 25 years.The 20 minute trip across the Susquehanna River dates back to the early 1800's when the Millersburg Ferry system first became official....More >>
    It's only a one mile journey in distance, but it covers nearly two centuries in time."People come to enjoy the river," said Don Lebo, as he guided another load of vehicles onto the Roaring Bull V. "They come to enjoy the scenery and to enjoy the wildlife."Lebo should know. He's been at the helm of the Roaring Bull V and the Falcon III ferry boats for 25 years.The 20 minute trip across the Susquehanna River dates back to the early 1800's when the Millersburg Ferry system first became official....More >>
  • Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:59:44 GMT
    For many of her 87 years, Anna Jean Bennett Ditty was told, "You ought to write a book!" So, ten years ago, she did. In fact, she needed three books to cover her life, starting with "The House on the Hill," about growing up with three siblings in a small West Virginia town during the depression, with a hard-working mom and an absentee father.Browsing through her first book, Ditty paused to point out a childhood picture of her baby brother Dickie."He's my baby brother," she said. "My momma alw...More >>
    For many of her 87 years, Anna Jean Bennett Ditty was told, "You ought to write a book!" So, ten years ago, she did. In fact, she needed three books to cover her life, starting with "The House on the Hill," about growing up with three siblings in a small West Virginia town during the depression, with a hard-working mom and an absentee father.Browsing through her first book, Ditty paused to point out a childhood picture of her baby brother Dickie."He's my baby brother," she said. "My momma alw...More >>

Mervin Brubaker says most first time visitors to his "Clock Doctor" shop have three basic questions: "How old is their clock? What's it worth? Can I fix it?"

And each clock presents a challenge the retired high school teacher has welcomed for more than three decades.

"Whether it is teaching physics or whether it's looking for a problem in a clock that doesn't work," said Brubaker, "to solve the problem was always a passion of mine."

Along with Brubaker's passion for repair is his appreciation for the history of clocks.

"The purpose of a clock's chime or gong was to interrupt you and tell you what time it was," he explained. "Not to be pretty."

In addition to walls full of clocks under repair, Brubaker's personal collection includes a replica of a chronograph used on 18th century sailing vessels and an antique "fire clock" that kept time with a fuel burning flame.

Brubaker says clocks are very personal to their owners and he treats them accordingly. With every clock through his door, he says, there's a story.

"Most often his clients have inherited the clock," he said. "Or they bought the clock. Or, perhaps, got it as a gift."

On most days, the "Clock Doctor" begins his "morning rounds" in a section of his work shop he calls the "recovery room."

"This is a West Minster chime clock. This plays Big Ben," said Brubaker, pointing out one of several running clock interiors being tested for accuracy.

When the clocks are ready to be discharged and sent home, Brubaker briefs the owners on proper clock care, including the proper way to wind them.

"Either they wind them too tightly or they don't wind them tightly enough," he said.

And for larger units like grandfather clocks, Brubaker does make house calls. He is quick to acknowledge that his work involves a lot of time and sometimes tedious detail, but says it's all worth the effort.

"The people that you repair clocks for are very appreciative of what you do for them."

Powered by WorldNow