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Hornbrook Methodist Church
Damaged in Sheshequin 2005
destroyed: Church landmark ripped by winds
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Daily Review Article
-- In the early morning hours Friday a storm raged outside the Hornbrook
United Methodist Church on Sheshequin Road, and Pastor Richard Stackhouse
slept well in his residence adjacent to the church.
is, until his wife, Kathy, and a loud rap at his door woke him from his
sleep and he learned that part of the roof to his church was in the road,
the steeple broken off, and part of the bell tower damaged. He did not
sleep much else that night.
wife and I were up most of the night after that, wondering what was going
to happen next," he said.
helped him remove the roofing off the roadway, Stackhouse said, but another
part of the roof was pulled up and still hanging from the church to worry
about. "That could have been dangerous if another strong gust took it,"
he said, adding the field behind the church is perfect ground for strong
winds to build up.
said he was thankful no one was injured and the church has insurance to
cover the damage. He hopes the damaged portion of the roof can be taken
off today, but until then part of the building is cordoned off with caution
still going to have Sunday service, but we're not having anything inside
before then," Stackhouse reported.
steeple was as old as the church, he said, built in 1860.
a rugged steeple, and we just put a new roof on ... in October of 2003,"
he said, "but there must have been one good swoop of a gust of wind to
take it off."
weather observer for the National Weather Service Wayne Vanderpool in Towanda
said he recorded a wind gust as high as 30 mph. "But it's not too accurate
because I'm pretty protected from the wind where I am," he said.
Cempa, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Binghamton,
said wind gusts in the region ranged from 30 to 40 mph.
also reported .94 total inches of precipitation Friday, which included
the 1.4 inches of snow that began at about 5 a.m.
Place, a spokesperson for Penelec, reported only one customer in Bradford
and Sullivan counties was still without power Friday afternoon. At 10 p.m.
Thursday, the height of their weather-related power outages, she said 350
customers were without power and the majority of those were in the Eagles
Setzer, manager of corporate communications for Tri-County Rural Electric
Cooperative, reported no major weather-related outages for either Tri-County
throughout the Bradford County region rose, flooding some roadways. The
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation reported only one road, Jackson
Valley Road in Warren Township, south of the intersection with Lake of
Meadows Road, closed Friday due to flooding. The road was announced reopened
at 4 p.m. Friday.
said Friday afternoon the Susquehanna River was above the 16-foot flood
stage and was forecast to crest overnight at about 17 feet. "It should
recede and fall below flood stage (Saturday) afternoon," he said.
river should continue to recede, he said, as the weekend brings cold weather
and no chance of rain. There is a possibility of a light snow on Sunday,
and Sunday Review 2005 January 16, 2005
This letter is in reference to an article that was printed in your paper
on Saturday, Jan. 15. The article contained information regarding the damage
to Hornbrook United Methodist Church from a wind storm.
is another story included in the event. And that story involves a Good
Samaritan who chose to make the extra effort for the benefit of others.
The person I'm referring to is a man named Joel Zdon, who lives in the
village of Sheshequin in Ulster Township.
was Joel who woke me, the pastor of the church, in the early morning hours
Friday to alert me to the damage of the church's roof and steeple. There
was a piece of metal roofing seven sheets wide, 20 feet long with the roof
boards attached in the middle of the road. I went for my coat and boots
and Joel went to the road to clear the debris.
the time I was able to get to the road Joel had the roofing 90 percent
out of the road. I helped him finish the job, done almost single handedly
by Joel. Shortly after that, two men from Ulster/Sheshequin Fire Department
pulled up. They helped check the road for more debris, and then the four
of us pulled the sheet of roofing farther into the yard to clear the driveway.
By then the church was open and I had the outside lights on and we examined
the exterior of the church.
the firemen believed everything was safe and clear they left the scene.
Joel and I went into the church to determine what damage may have occurred
inside. Fortunately there was nothing open to the elements.
was a true blessing in a time of need. My thanks and blessings were enough
for Joel, but I wanted to publicly express my appreciation for a man of
want to encourage all people, that when you have an opportunity to do something
good for others, do it. In the larger picture, you often find out that
what you have done affects the lives of many and brings blessings to both
the giver and to the receiver.
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