Bel Air's chimes end daylight time on note of efficiency

October 30, 2005|By DANIEL P. CLEMENS JR.

At 2 p.m. on Friday, the chimes in the tower of the historic Harford County Courthouse rang out just once.

At 3 o'clock, they tolled only twice.

Had a time warp mysteriously descended upon the county seat?

In fact, county facilities workers got a jump on adjusting the chimes in the 1858 building on Courtland Place, in advance of the end of daylight-saving time, which expired at 2 a.m. today.

No one was up at that early hour fiddling with the chimes because other chores needed to be done over the weekend by county workers, mainly electrical maintenance work at county buildings.

"We fall behind early," Mark Degen, management assistant for the county facilities department, said on Friday. "We had two choices: Friday or Monday."

And what about visitors to downtown over the weekend?

"They might be a little puzzled," said Degen, a county employee for 27 years.

One downtown shop owner was impressed that the county got busy early.

"That's a model of efficiency," said Ronan Corbett, owner of De Danann Coffee & Tea on South Main Street not far from the courthouse. "It's better than doing it six months later."

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