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Church bell gets needed attention

Photo by Tom Stain

On Tuesday morning, March 28 Tom Lister steadied the bell yoke for lowering at the United Methodist Church in preparation for required maintenance. The bell, that has rung every Sunday morning for approximately 100 years, was in need of repair to a cracked spoke of the rope wheel plus general cleaning and restoration. The steel alloy bell is a late 19th or early 20th century No. 32 bell made by the C.S. Bell Co. of Hillsboro, Ohio in the later part of the. It weighs approximately 250 pounds, has a drop of 28.5 inches with a bell diameter of 32 inches and an overall width of 39 inches.
The church wishes thank Patriot Blasting and Powder Coating, G & D Steel and Tom Lister for their work and assistance in removing and repairing the bell. The bell will be back in the tower in time to ring out the church’s 150th Anniversary celebration the weekend of April 28 to 30.