Prep work underway at St. Jean Baptiste Church

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Morinville – Workers erect scaffolding outside Morinville’s historic St. Jean Baptiste Church Monday afternoon. The scaffolding will allow work crews to begin work on the approximately $500,000 restoration project to save the steeple.

On Mar. 12 Westlock-St. Paul MP Brian Storseth presented the St. Jean Baptiste Parish with a $250,000 Western Diversification Grant, the maximum available through the federal program.

The federal funding was matching dollars for the $343,538.97 raised in the community by the Nov. 15, 2012 deadline.

Simonne Chevalier, who spearheaded fundraising to save the church, said Tuesday once the scaffolding is erected it will be easier for workers to assess the scope of the restoration work.


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