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Lisbon 10-year-old contributes to clock
June 28, 2013 · Jake Krob

For 10-year-old Matt Blinks of Lisbon, summer isn't just about baseball, swimming and hanging out with pals.

It's about community.

Matt spent two weeks going door-to-door selling "Our Iowa" cookbooks to raise money for Lisbon's effort to erect an historic-style clock on Main Street. With the sale of 48 cookbooks, and a straight-out $200 donation from one resident, Blinks donated $700 to the project.

With the donations, presented to the Lisbon History Center clock committee recently, the group has about $8,400, more than half of the $17,000 goal.

Matt, the son of Curt and Laura Blinks, said he learned about the clock project when he saw the fundraising thermometer outside of the Lisbon History Center. He asked his dad what it was for, and Curt told him the story.

"I thought it's cool to have a clock in Lisbon, especially where people can see it," Matt said.

Laura said Matt has always been a good helper in the family, and took it upon himself to help raise money for the project.

"I think it's awesome," said LaVonne Bova of the History Center. "I really admire him for going out and doing this."

"We've always said the history of Lisbon are the young people," added the History Center's LuAnn Yarbrough.

Eric Yarbrough, of the History Center board, said the hope is to have the clock ordered by Sauerkraut Days in August from the Rock Island Clock Company. If they meet that deadline, it will be dedicated on Oct. 31, 100 years after the Lincoln Highway was dedicated. The clock will be located in Lincoln Square, next to the post office.

Donations can mailed or taken to the Lisbon History Center, 102 E. Main, Lisbon, IA, 52253. They can also be made by PayPal via the History Center website:, under the event page.

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