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Mount St. Mary's bell will ring for Christmas

Monday - 12/16/2013, 12:00pm  ET

EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) -- Mount St. Mary's University President Thomas Powell says repairs to a fire-damaged chapel will likely be finished in time for the bell to ring for Christmas.

The Frederick News-Post (http://bit.ly/1hdK84u ) reported Monday that the work is nearly done, five months after lightning struck the steeple of the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception in Emmitsburg.

Powell says repairs to the 100-year-old tower cost nearly $500,000.

The chapel is a focal point of the Catholic university about 45 miles northwest of Baltimore. The bell is traditionally rung several times a day as a call to religious services.

Powell says he aims to resume a tradition of allowing exceptional students to sign their names on an interior wall and ring the bell with a mallet.

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Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, http://www.fredericknewspost.com


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