We don’t want to say that nothing really exciting happens in our little town of 500 folks.
But, it usually doesn’t – really.
So, this Tuesday after returning from our recent road trip and heading to the post office and grocery store, here’s what we saw – a crane lifting a steeple . . .
Of course, we had to stop and watch this operation. Some of you may know we don’t have any cable/dish service – no TV watching, so anytime, there’s a live show, it’s for us!
Here’s the story – the Onley Baptist Church on W. Main St. was taking down what was left of its steeple. The topmost part of the steeple was removed a couple of weeks ago, but we missed that event cause we were on a road trip.
The smoke you see in this photo was from the gas-powered chain saw, which was having a tough time cutting through the wood and the siding. Grenville thought it would have made more sense to take off the siding first, but then you have to live here to know why he would think that. And, yes that was a
little large bit of sarcasm on our part. The guys working up there had to stop every few minutes to let the saw cool down – does that tell you anything?
According to the church pastor (he’s standing on the crane truck in the large photo above) the steeple was deteriorating due to age and water damage. It’s being replaced with a fiberglass one which won’t need replacement. But then this original one did last since the 1920s (estimate from the pastor). But, as most of us know, things aren’t built like they used to be (lots more sarcasm).
Once the corners were cut free, the takedown began.
Soon the steeple was travelling up and over the church before touching down on the front lawn.
Next down was the church bell, which was also being removed as part of the renovations. It will be put back in the new steeple.
The men who completed this operation were church members. As you can see, they were not camera-shy.
While it was heavily overcast and the light was going quickly, it didn’t rain throughout this nearly hour-long process.
Touchdown - for both.
The bell was loaded on a flatbed truck and removed for renovation before it’s put in the new steeple. We asked the pastor when the new steeple is expected – it would be more free entertainment, but he didn’t have a firm date. We’re leaving on another road trip Oct 3 (details soon) and will probably miss this event.
These photos were taken with a Panasonic 6X zoom digital camera that’s kept in a backpack in my car. As fellow blogger Sandra (MadSnapper) so often advises, it’s always good to carry a camera along, even if it’s just a small one.
You never know what you might see right in your own backyard or town – and wished you had a camera handy.