We Are Making Progress
October 2016 - The Congregational Church steeple half wall siding and post wrap components have been painted by volunteers. The final phase of the steeple restoration work is complete!
October 2015 - The Congregational Church front stairs unit (steps, landing and end enclosures) has been painted by Lunenburg resident Mike Dow. The components of the steeple balustrade have been repaired and the painting has been completed by volunteers.
September 2015 - The Congregational Church handicap access hardpack section has been maintained with the application of additional stone by Amadon Construction of Lunenburg.
August 2015 - The railing of the wooden section of The Congregational Church handicap access has been given a maintenance coat of paint by volunteer Nicole Leone of Lisbon.
December 2014 - The northeast double hung stained glass window in The Congregational Church is back in its place. The upper section has been repaired by B & L Glassworks of Vermont. The upper section of the northwest double hung stained glass window also has received a new frame.
June 2014 - Outlets in the platform area and ceiling "spot lights" have been installed.
August 2012 - A third, rear exit with handicap accessibility and designated parking, has been installed in The Congregational Church. Emergency exit lights, as well as emergency exit hardware have been installed at all these entrances.
July 2012 - All the stained glass window polycarbonate covers in The Congregational Church
were ventilated. This will prevent the build-up of heat, which has
contributed to the compromised condition of the stained glass windows.
Louver vents have also been installed in the basement windows of The Congregational Church to assist in the air circulation in the basement and prevent infiltration by weather. Railings have been installed on The Congregational Church front steps.
June 2012 - The Congregational Church front steps and landing have been repaired. The structural designs for The Old Town Hall have been completed by Tirey & Associates.
May 2012 - The front doors of The Congregational Church have been altered to swing out.
March 2012 - Through the volunteer work of Donna Kerr of Lunenburg, design drawings were made for the new rear entrances to The Congregational Church and The Old Town Hall, including handicap accessibility according to ADA code. These entrances meet fire code regulations.
February 2012 - Tirey & Associates of Littleton were contracted to provide The Old Town Hall structural designs for the Vermont Department of Public Safety.
September 2011 - Ron Nason Painting of Lancaster completed the application of a fire retardant finish to the interior surfaces of The Congregational Church to meet fire code regulations.
August 2011 - Repairs to the east parapet of The Congregational Church were made.
July 2011 - Through
the volunteer work of Bernard LaBounty of Lunenburg, installation of
interior wiring and outlets and restoring of the chandeliers in The Congregational Church has begun.
May 2011 - Tirey & Associates of Littleton were contracted to provide a structural analysis of The Old Town Hall.
November 2010 - Repairs to the west parapet of The Congregational Church are made.
October 2009 - The steeple was returned to the top of The Congregational Church.
June 2009 - Armor Lightning Protection of Manchester Center, Vermont began to update the present lightning protection system on The Congregational Church to current UL and NFPA codes and regulations.
May 2008 - Through the volunteer work of Bernard LaBounty of Lunenburg, a new electrical service has been installed in The Congregational Church.
February 2008 - More For Les Roofing of St. Johnsbury was hired to install a gasket under the ridge cap of The Old Town Hall to make it weather tight.
November 2007 - Volunteers took steps to prevent winter weather intrusion through the damaged parapets of The Congregational Church. They applied temporary patches to the sides of the parapets and temporary caps over their tops.
July 2007 - Through a donation made by Judy Young of Lunenburg, Smolag Remodeling of Lunenburg, was hired to replace the front door of The Old Town Hall.
July 7, 2007 - The steeple came down from the Lunenburg The Congregational Church, leaving the normally majestic building temporarily looking a bit forlorn without its crowning glory. It will remain on its temporary resting place between the church and the old town hall until restorations are completed, hopefully by 2009.
First, Larry Amadon and Tim Betts, two of the men whose volunteer efforts made the project happen, were hoisted up in a metal basket suspended from the crane and disassembled as much of the weathervane as possible.
Next the 10,500 pound steeple was lifted by heavy straps attached to criss-crossed 6 x 12 beams. Brian Clifford of Kingdom Crane in St. Johnsbury completed the operation with great skill. He donated part of his fee, Larry Amadon paying the rest of the cost.
Inspection of the steeple indicates it is structurally sound, but restoration is likely to entail the replacement of most, or all, of the exterior wood then painting before lifting it into place atop the church. Tim Betts, a local building contractor, along with colleague Henry Lingley have volunteered their services to take charge of the repair and renovation; work will proceed as they are able to find time in their busy schedules.
September 2006 - After receiving a matching grant in the amount of $5450 from the State of Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the townspeople voting an appropriation of $7000 at Town Meeting, NE Pelletier Builders, Inc. of Bethlehem was awarded the bid to do needed work on The Congregational Church. A ridge cap gasket was installed and the main floor was stabilized.