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Century-Old Fountain Rededicated in Belfast 

Catherine Pegram

The water’s flowing again from a decades-old fountain in Belfast. The original fountain outside the Waldo County Shrine Club on Northport Avenue was built more than a century ago. But over time, the base of it crumbled away.So the local shriners to decide to replace the fountain. It took a few years of fundraising to come up with the thousands of dollars needed for the project. Construction finally started about a year ago. Alton Kenney, a Shriner and Emeritus Governor of the Springfield Shriners Hospital says, “We hope that it’s a beautiful fountain and anybody that’s interested in the fountains, why they just might want to get the history of it or something like that. What we wanted to do was just get it back to the property so we would have it.”The new fountain was dedicated in a special ceremony Thursday night.The shriners are still raising money to help finish off paying for the project. For a $25 donation, you can receive one of the original stones from the fountain. For more information, call the Waldo County Shrine Club at 338-9844.