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Church project

September 11, 2012
The Marietta Times

A 120-ton crane from Mustang Aerial Services Inc. of Reno lifts a cracked finial stone from the top of the bell tower of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Marietta Monday afternoon. Three of the four lanes of Putnam Street were closed for several hours as the crane lifted Harrison Construction employee Steve Bonnette, left, and Mustang ironworker Doug Miller more than 100 feet in the air where they checked, then secured the broken stone with cables before removing it. The crack was discovered Friday by Harrison Construction workers, and the area was cordoned off by the city due to concerns the more-than-100-pound chunk of stone could fall. Members of the church's building and grounds committee said they are not sure what caused the crack but believe it could be the result of an apparent lightning strike on Sept. 1.

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