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Lutheran church starts window restoration project

By the end of the year, massive stained glass windows of the First Lutheran Church, 208 W. Sandusky Ave., will be restored as part of $275,000 project funded by pledges from the congregation.

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Jason Buehrer, below, and Brad Allison, above, with Window Creations LLC of Ottoville work Tuesday to remove panels of stained glass from a south side window at the First Lutheran Church, 208 W. Sandusky Ave. (EXAMINER PHOTO | JOEL E. MAST)

Crews with Window Creations LLC of Ottoville are removing the worst windows first, those along the south side of the church.

Jason Buehrer said the first windows will take the longest to restore. Glass will have to be ordered to match the approximately 100-year-old panels, and it takes time to mix the right colors.

Once the formula is set, it will go quicker for the remaining windows, he said.

It will be four to six weeks for the first restorations.

According to church members, the congregation first started meeting in a home 174 years ago. There have been several churches at the same location, and the existing section with the sanctuary was built about 100 years ago.

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