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Belfry Returned to St. Croix Number One Firehouse 

Folks gathered in Calais Monday to see the belfry on the St. Croix Number One Firehouse returned to its rightful spot.Meghan Hayward has the story.The St. Croix Number One Firehouse was built in 1874 and served the city of Calais for many years.Unfortunately, time and weather took its toll, which is why a group of people decided to restore it.”When we first took the old belfry off, it was in such poor shape that every time we pulled a board off, it was just a lot of rot behind it.”The project has been about four years in the making.With the help of volunteers and 350 work hours later, the belfry was finally returned to its rightful place.”They say volunteerism is dead but you’d never know it on this project here in Calais.”Organizers started raising money back in 2004. They say seeing the belfry back is a beautiful sight.”The hose tower is a combination of old wood and new wood. Some of it we were able to salvage inside.”Dick Barnard, member of the St. Croix Number One Firehouse, says the belfry is there to get to the bell tower.Barnard says the bell was taken down off the old belfry in the early sixties. He says their decision to restore it wasn’t easy.”The innards to the bell, the yolk what they call it, was non-existent. So we had to build one of those from scratch.”But their hard work paid off.”I’m breathing a sign of relief. Usually when you pick up something like this that’s man made anything can happen. And when that finally set up there and every body started applauding I think that said it all.”