- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

QUINNESEC, Mich. (AP) - A community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has pitched in to restore an 800-pound church bronze bell.

Isadore Pancheri donated the bell in 1934 to St. Mary Catholic Church in Quinnesec. His grandson, Gene, recently learned on Facebook that the bell had changed hands several times and was being restored by Dickinson County’s Breitung Township.

Guy Forstrom, the township’s Department of Public Works superintendent, tells The Daily News of Iron Mountain (https://bit.ly/1QKhHiI ) his crew cleaned the bell and painted its wooden frame.

Breitung Township plans to build a small structure to display the bell on the township hall’s east side. The township wants to complete the project later this year and to hold a dedication ceremony in July 2017 to coincide with the Pancheri family reunion.

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Information from: The Daily News, https://www.ironmountaindailynews.com

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