Clear Creek heritage replaces windows

            Five windows have recently been removed for renovation at Ss. Saint Peter and Paul Church in rural Harper. The windows, costing approximately $8,000 each, are being removed by Bovard Studios out of Fairfield and they will be taken to the studio where they will undergo restoration and be put back in in approximately a month.

            The renovation is part of a project that will hopefully eventually replace all of the windows in the historical church as funds allow. There are also plans to resurface the front entrance doors and open the bell tower with a light box to allow light in from the window above, according to Mick Berg.

            “The church has made approximately $400,000 in renovations. We have been lucky to receive approximately $170,000 in grants and the rest in personal and private donations as well as from events such as our recently held cook-off,” Berg stated.

            Ross White, a local Keota resident, works for Bovard Studios and says that this project hold a special place in his heart as his great great grandfather can be seen shining through the front pane of the church. One of the windows that recently was removed belongs to his great great uncle Mark Peiffer, and White plans to return to the studio to help with the restoration of that window pane himself. Remington White, Ross cousin has been able to help with the process in the church as well.

            In the next couple of weeks, the windows will be being restored in Bovard Studios in Fairfield and we will follow along and updates will be in the Keota Eagle.