The final phase of the steeple restoration is complete!
The painting of the steeple half wall components and post wraps is complete.
The painting of the steeple balustrade components is complete.
September 2014 - present
The components of the steeple balustrade have had their old paint removed and have been repaired. There are five components to each of the eight sections of the octagonal
base - two full balusters, two half balusters, and a top rail. The last few pieces are being painted! THANK YOU to those who have helped in removing the old paint and who are working on painting the components!
The completion of the steeple restoration is next on the contractors' schedule! (for the details of this work, check out the description on the "250 Club" page).
The work on the steeple over the years has been done by local volunteers. The next steeple restoration goal is to complete all that is remaining! This involves the replacement of the flat square section of roof on which the steeple appears to sit, reconstruction of the circular wooden sections just above the roof, and the repair and installation of the balustrades and railing. Some of this work can be done by volunteers but some cannot. As soon as the money is raised, the work will begin.
Through October 17, 2010
Over a hundred people joined us for
our celebration on the Common! We were blessed with perfect fall
weather, a huge selection of very delicious food, great conversation and
music that made you want to dance. "Thank you" to the cooks, to the
volunteers, to the musicians, and to every one who stopped by - it truly
was a community event!
great cupcake creation photogenic again
music by "Wing-it" livened up the festivities
Today the steeple was raised to its majestic position on top of the
Congregational Church! Volunteers were on the scene early to make
preparations. Kingdom Crane of Saint Johnsbury arrived shortly before 9
AM. The crowning touches - weather vane, directional letters, ball and
topper - were added around 11:30. "Thank you" to our volunteers,
photographers and those who stopped by to witness this historic event!
We hope you will plan to join us for our community celebration - details
will be available soon on this web site and in local newspapers.
Today the work on the steeple was completed! IF the weather plays out
according to the most recent forecast, the crane will be arriving on
Sunday morning. A community celebratory event is in the works - details
of the date, time,
and location will be posted on this web site as soon as they
are available. We hope you'll plan to join us!
final caulking sealing the cone cap
Yesterday the last piece of carpentry repair was completed! Today all
the remaining bare wood on the steeple was primed. Weather permitting,
the paint will begin to be applied tomorrow - the only areas left to
paint are the upper stepped section and the spire.
Today the restored shutters were returned to their position on the
octagonal drum section between the two stepped sections. All the
horizontal aluminum pieces have been installed on the top
stepped section. The painting is done on the skirt, lower stepped and
volunteers began today to apply the first coat of paint on the primed
sections of the steeple. The extra sets of hands are a tremendous help!
Simultaneously the carpenters are finishing up the metal work on the
upper stepped section. The weather forecast is looking good - so keep
checking back here for further progress reports...
are a few jobs that could be done by volunteers to help out
our restoration efforts. If you'd like to learn more about them and
maybe volunteer a little of your time, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org. You're under no obligation for inquiring!
helping toward the cost of materials for the restoration project is the
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Through September 18, 2009
A great deal of progress has been made on the first stage of the
steeple restoration project. The Top of the Common Committee is grateful
to our volunteers - Larry Amadon, Tim Betts, Henry Lingley, Gary
Fournier, Larry Weidemier, Tom and Theresa Lewis, Carroll Macie, Trevor
and Mary Jane Colby - as well as to those many "encouragers" who have
stopped by to visit. To date our volunteers have logged over 400 hours!
The lower portion of the steeple (the rim, the ceiling, the two
octagonal stepped sections, and the section in between) has been
repaired with all new wood and primed. To prevent further decay of the
horizontal pieces of the stepped sections, they are being covered with
aluminum. When they are done, flashing (like a ridge cap) will be placed
at the junction of each step around the octagonal. Four of the eight
sections of the spire have been repaired and primed. Most of the lumber
of the spire was able to be retained with some spot treatment of
compromised sections with an epoxy based wood cell strengthener product.
The eight shutters, which will be mounted on the octagonal surface
between the upper and lower stepped sections, have been stripped,
repaired and painted.
The Congregational Church Restoration and
Preservation Society, the legal caretakers of the building, have agreed
with the carpenters' recommendation to replace the existing
weathervane. The TOCC wants to thank Garland Mills for their generous
and sincere efforts to locate a suitable piece of wood for us; a piece
owned by a Lunenburg resident has been donated and the weathervane has
been constructed from it using a templet of the current one. A new
wooden ball, which is positioned above the weathervane, has been turned,
using new wood - the one that was on the steeple when it was removed
was broken into many pieces, with parts missing, and in very compromised
condition. The multi-pieced tip of the spire was reconstructed of
copper to reduce future weather infiltration.
The projected date of the hoisting of the restored steeple is before the snow flies in 2009. Armor Lightning Protection of
Manchester Center, Vermont has been contracted by the Committee and on
June 24th began to update the present system to current UL (Underwriter
Laboratory) 96A and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 780
specifications. The present system was installed in 1955.