FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACTS: Dr. Dennis C. Landis, Ph.D., Restoration Chairman (401) 863-1556 or (860) 774-5146, Dennis_Landis@brown.edu
Phyllis Emigh, Restoration Co-Chair (860) 428-5607, email@example.com
BROOKLYN STEEPLE ON ITS WAY UP!
BROOKLYN, CT, March 12, 2007 – Brooklyn Center residents and passersby are in for a visual treat when a crane lifts into place the new steeple for the Old Brooklyn Meeting House. Brian Kronenberger of Kronenberger & Sons Restoration tells architect Frank Dziki and Restoration Committee Chairman Dennis Landis that the crew expects to lift the steeple on Wednesday, the 14 th, at approximately 7:00 a.m.
The original steeple was destroyed in the 1938 hurricane, and the replacement that went up the following year was unable to withstand the test of time. That steeple was removed by crane in 2001 to allow for repairs to the supporting tower. Timbers already in a weakened condition before the hurricane hit were removed and replaced by massive new beams. Grants from the Connecticut Historical Commission and from the Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage, as well as donations from individuals and businesses, supported this work.
Work came to a standstill, with the old steeple left sitting on the ground next to the building, when a second grant from the state, approved in 2002, failed to make it through the State Bonding Commission. With the entire state budget in crisis, the Legislature also cut the Historical Commission and other state commissions, and later re-invented them as divisions of the new Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Funds finally became available in 2005, but by that time the cost of the project had soared. More
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12 March 2007
I’ve seen all this data separately, and I’m inclined to trust it. I’ve never seen it assembled quite like this before, so it makes an impression.
In other news, ‘s flight and mine was delayed, and rather than allowing us to board the plane only to be stranded in Charlotte, NC, they graciously gave us boarding passes for a flight tomorrow, and waved us homeward.
Apparently there was a large foul up in Charlotte. Anyone know what was up with that?