Clockhands donated to county

Set were part of courthouse from 1876 to 1958

HOLLIDAYSBURG — A set of wooden clockhands, removed from the Blair County Courthouse during renovations in the 1950s, have been donated to the county for display purposes.

Commissioner Terry Tomassetti announced the acquisition during Tuesday’s commissioners meeting in honor of retiring Judge Jolene G. Kopriva, as presented by her neighbors, Peter and Rebecca Duncan. Because the Duncans are in the process of moving, they were not at Tuesday’s meeting where Tomassetti unwrapped the clockhands.

“They’re quite unique, and we’re glad to have them,” Tomassetti said.

The clockhands, painted black, have white lettering indicating that they were part of the structure from 1876 to 1958.

Kopriva, who attended the commissioners meeting, expressed her appreciation to the commissioners for their interest in the courthouse history and efforts to preserve its condition.

A possible location for display of the clockhands might be the former lawyer’s lobby, which commissioners are naming in Kopriva’s honor, Tomassetti said. That area, on the second floor of the courthouse, is scheduled for renovations and restoration work next year, paid for with state grant and county funds.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.