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Installation of new windows at Truro's First United Church underway

The first new window for First United Church recently arrived. Installing the window were, indoors, from left, Andrew Lynds, Adam Cavanaugh, Nick McCallum and, outside, Jacob Newcombe.
The first new window for First United Church recently arrived. Installing the window were, indoors, from left, Andrew Lynds, Adam Cavanaugh, Nick McCallum and, outside, Jacob Newcombe. - Lynn Curwin

TRURO, NS

The bars are coming off the windows at First United Church, as the new windows are put into place.

The first window arrived Thursday and workers were soon busy installing it.

 “It’s been a long journey to get to where we are, so it’s quite exciting to see the bars come off and the new windows go in,” said Rev. Valerie Kingsbury. “Our hope is to have this completed by the end of 2018.”

There are 14 windows, and it’s estimated to take about a week to install each one. The first window on the side next to the Presbyterian church was taken out to use as a template, so it is the first one being replaced.

“They have to be historically accurate, so there’s no real visible difference between what’s coming out and what’s going in,” said Kingsbury.

Major renovations had been done to the church’s steeple and roof when it was discovered, in 2017, that the large windows were structurally unsound.

Kohltech International is making the new windows, which cost about $20,000 each, but this won’t leave the church in debt.

“The cost is covered; cost is covered thanks to the generosity of the congregation, the community that surrounds us, and the National Trust ‘This Place Matters’,” said Kingsbury. “This is the last of the major renovations that were part of the visioning process. Inside, there are little things we’ll need to pick at.”

Through public voting, the church received the $60,000 grand prize in the This Place Matters contest.

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