Wiscasset church gets its steeple back

1:04 PM, Oct 18, 2011   |    comments
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WISCASSET, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- People in Wiscasset can look up at a familiar skyline again --- the congregational church has its steeple back.

The landmark church is located next to the historic county courthouse. It's actually the third church on that spot. The previous one burned down. This church and its steeple were built in 1909.

A century of rain took its toll on the spire of the steeple.

About year ago, the painting crew found the spire was all rotted. That began a major fundraising effort, which so far has collected $250,000.

That was enough to pay for steeplejack George Burgess and his crew to demolish the old spire and have an exact copy made out of fiberglass. It was gently lowered into place Monday, and church members were thrilled to see it.

"There's a lot of pride in this church and even people in the community who look to it as a center," said Rev. John Potter. "We're also looking at more grants beyond the congregation. But the congregation raised almost a quarter million and we're not done yet."

Reverend Potter says they received many donations from outside the church, including local businesses.

There is a little work left to do -- including installation of the old weathervane, which has been polished up to match the shiny new spire.





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