On November 17, several of us from Chapter 11 inspected the tower clock in the old Fire house, on Main Street in Westminster, Maryland. It is a Seth Thomas, fiorst installed in 1896. The weights were remmoved, aqnd the escapement disabled when the clock was "electrified" in the early to mid-1920's. At that juncture, or sometime only slightly later, the strike was also motorized. The striking is now powered by a 120VAC 1/2 horsepower motor. Switching of the motor is by a Simplex Mercury switch actuated by rods in the strike side of the movement. The mercury switch is mounted to an aluminum strap, bolted to the clock frame. The strike motor is bolted to a plate mounted on the lower cross members of the frame. I have decided to take on the task of cleaning it, replacing the mercury switch that controls the strike motor with some micro switches and a relay, relocating the strike motor to the floor of the clock room, and balancing the hands. (Right now, the counterweights are run in pretty close to the arbors, so it is unlikely they are balanced). The Mayor and Council have asked me to see if I can locate a 1/20 horsepower motor they can purchase as a standby, in case the motor that is currently powering the clock gives out. Does anyone happen to have one of these they are willing to part with, or know of a source for a new one?