ELIZABETH A. CONKEY
BENNINGTON -- Pastor William Kelley said Wednesday that renovations to the roof of Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church at 238 West Main Street in Bennington will be completed within the next month.
The renovations, most recently to the church's roof, involved replacing the original slate tiles, a little under 100 years old, with locally sourced tiles from quarries in Rutland and nearby New York.
"Over the years, the tiles became brittle, so it was time to replace them," Kelley said. "We started by retiling the sections that needed it the most and then moved on to the sections that weren't as bad." Kelley noted that only the roof of the church's original structure has been tended to, as the far-most section of the church was a fairly recent addition.
The total cost of the renovations after about a year, has fallen just under $500,000, according to Kelley.
The pastor said the project has been funded largely in part by a generous donation given by a community member and parishioner, of whom he was uncomfortable disclosing both the amount and the name, and by money leftover from initial fundraising events that took place directly after the announcement of imminent renovations was made, about a year and a half ago.
"All that is left to do are some minor repairs and a little painting," Kelley said. "And this project will be finished." Touch-ups to the trim around the church's roof were completed this week.
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