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  • Coventryville, NY- 199 yr. old church burns to ground

    COVENTRYVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - A church nearly two centuries old
    burned to the ground after a lightning bolt struck its steeple.
    The 199-year-old First Congregational Church in this hamlet 55
    miles south of Syracuse was destroyed late Wednesday.
    The blaze, reported at 10:55 p.m., spread from the two-story
    wood church to the Coventry Town Museum next door. The exterior of
    the former one-room school house, built in 1857, was heavily
    damaged, the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reported in Friday
    editions.
    Parishioners on Thursday uncovered the church's badly melted
    brass bell.
    "The church was of Greek revival, complete with pillars. It was
    a gem," said Phyllis Lerwick, the museum director, town historian
    and councilwoman.
    The congregation was planning a 200th anniversary celebration
    for July 2004.

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