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Harry Sullivan
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Facility will be brought up to standards

LONDONDERRY - The Thirsty Church will eventually receive water, and continued life, even if it doesn't win the Aviva Community Fund contest, Amanda Langille says.
"We're going to continue to move forward to complete the proposed plans for the building," said Langille, who entered the community's quaint church into the nationwide Aviva contest.
After beating out numerous other contenders, the church's entry was one of 25 that made it into the semifinals for cash prizes aimed at community improvements. The winning entries are to be decided on Monday.
But even if their entry is not successful, Langille said, the degree of interest generated through a recent open house shows the community is solidly behind bringing the church up to modern standards by putting in water, constructing a wheelchair ramp and finishing the basement.
"So that was really encouraging," she said.
Other popular "exploratory" ideas for potential uses include: using the basement for library or tutorial space; as a clinical area for blood donations or VON workshops; or as multicultural
Another more immediate idea, given the church's non-denominational status, is to promote it for weddings and such.
"That's something that could happen right away and it wouldn't be an issue for justices of the peace or whatever minister they wanted to use."
The bottom line, however, is that everyone is on board to ensure the Thirsty Church gets its much-needed drink of water and will continue as a community landmark.
In the meantime, those involved will be anxiously awaiting Monday's results.
"We're all keeping our fingers crossed but we're up against some stiff competition," Langille said. "Anything would help but we're not going to be holding our breath. We're hoping but it's not the be-all, end-all, of our thirsty church."

Organizations: Thirsty Church, Aviva Community Fund

Geographic location: LONDONDERRY

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