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Vt. church steeple removed for repairs

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HARTLAND, Vt. (AP) - A church steeple that's sat atop a Vermont church since the mid-1850s has been removed for repairs.

A crane took the 88-foot, 3,000-pound white steeple off of the First Universalist Society church in Hartland on Wednesday.

More renovations are planned, including work on the church's exterior and parking lot.

Minister Paul Sawyer tells the Valley News the congregation has raised $93,000 for the renovations since September.

Recently, it was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and a $5,000 grant from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.

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