GENESEO – After the cross atop St. Michael’s Church was struck by lightning for a third time, the church had a new cross set atop its steeple, and, taking a hint from the heavens, a lightning rod.
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Josh Lewis with Clark Bono Roofing Inc. says he was shaking as he secured the 250-pound granite cross to the 80-foot steeple while operating the Genie bucket lift.
“My legs were shaking up there,” said Lewis. “At one point I was holding onto the top of the cross so it didn’t fall, while still keeping my foot on the pedal in the basket.”
According to site supervisor Blaine Reardon, the cross is a replica of the original, and had to be custom made in Vermont from Vermont granite.
The price of the cross, estimated at $42,000, will be covered by the church’s insurance.
After setting the cross, crewmembers invited GeneseeSun.com Editor in Chief Conrad Baker for a ride in the lift, which provided a breathtaking view of the church, Village and valley from 135 feet.
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PHOTO CAPTION: (Photos/Conrad Baker)
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