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Help from on high Fixing the steeple

Sometimes, the work just has to get done.

Despite the cold and blustery winds on Wednesday, sheet metal workers replaced sections of copper flashing that had fallen from the steeple of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church on Herkimer Street.

The crew from Weaver Metal and Roofing needed a large crane to get the flashing onto the steeple, which is 175 feet above the ground.

"The basket was blowing around up there. It was pretty windy," said Bill Healey, sheet metal worker. "My hand was getting numb holding the cell phone [while] talking to the crane operator."

Some of the old flashing blew off in a wind storm last year, and a 6-foot section of flashing was found last week on Herkimer Street, said the Rev. Angelo Chimera, pastor.

The repairs were necessary to ensure that slate doesn?t come tumbling down, he said.

Insurance covered the cost. The flashing replacement was completed Wednesday. More repairs are scheduled for today on the steeple's dormers.

The dormer work should be warmer ? it will be done from the inside.

-- Jay Tokasz

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