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Clifton Park contributes to bell repairs

"The bell was well-known by residents of Jonesville who heard it ring for services, weddings and funerals," said Davey, president of the Jonesville Cemetery Association. "My father-in-law, Milton Hatlee, who still lives in Jonesville, used to care for the former church and has been enthusiastic about bringing the bell back to life by returning to its home."

Now that repairs are being made to the bell, the association is fundraising to purchase a $5,000 ringing mechanism for the bell.

Hughes said the association is aiming to raise $18,000 to fund the project, which also includes restoring the cemetery's 1910 fence, which will surround the bell for security.

The association would also like to purchase lighting to ensure the safety of the bell at night in addition to markers and plaques to describe the historical significance of the bell.

The new ringing mechanism would allow the cemetery to ring the bell twice daily and during funerals, Hughes said.

Hinman Construction Company will construct the 10-foot bell tower needed to display the bell at no cost to the association, according to Hughes.

He expected that the association would have the bell up by summer's end and ringing no later than springtime next year.

Contributions may be sent to the Jonesville Cemetery Association Project Fund, Jonesville Cemetery Association, c/o Ed Hughes, 28 Beechwood Drive, Clifton Park 12065.""

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