SANGERVILLE, Maine (WABI) - The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sangerville and Dover-Foxcroft is a building with a very long history.
"This was built in 1898 and this is pretty much all original. We haven't really done a whole lot to it over the years to change the church," said Buildings and Ground Chairperson Lisa Laser. “There's so much history here and there are very few families in Sangerville that don't have some kind of connection to this church over the past hundred years."
But the age of the building has started causing issues.
"About 10 years ago, we started noticing that the tower was shifting a little tiny bit,” said Laser. “Maybe some cracks in the walls. The ringing of the bell was actually torqueing the tower."
If you stand beneath the tower, you can see diagonal cracks in the wall and that's actually where the tower is starting to twist off of the rest of the church. Members decided to stop using the bell. Now they're hoping to remove it all together and begin repairs on the tower. They need the community's help to raise 25-thousand dollars for the project.
"This building and the congregation within it have meant continuity and community for the people here,” said Worship Committee Chair Rusty Willette. “Our doors are not only open for the people of Sangerville but technically also from Dover-Foxcroft and all of the surrounding towns as well."
The next fundraiser is a Saint Patrick's Day dinner. Church members are convinced the kindness of others will help keep their beloved tower standing for many years to come.
"This church represents a focus for people to gather whether they are members of this faith or not,” said Willette. “They count on this place being open and they count on this place being in good shape."
To learn about future fundraisers, visit their Facebook page.