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Donora church unveils new sign

| Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
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Proud of a mission accomplished at Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Donora are (from left) Ron Pergola, Larry Diess, Pete Ferrara, Phil Klein, Dominic Reda and Father Bud Falkenhan.

It was a labor of love that produced a professional new sign at Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Donora.

“We estimate the church saved thousands of dollars because of our physical labor and in foods sold in fundraisers for this effort,” a spokesperson said.

No one wanted personal credit for their roles, but five men started the construction project, digging a three-foot deep trench 300 feet in diameter with a rented Ditch Witch.

“A parishioner even paid for the rental,” the spokesman said.

A brick base is topped by an architectural shingled roof.

The two-sided sign is equipped with electrical dust to dawn lighting.

The project was planned for months with several different designs studied.

All activities and fundraisers will be publicized on both sides of the sign, which is located at the administration entrance to the property off Second Street Extension.

Fundraising began a year earlier with parishioners selling frozen ravioli, pierogi, sauce and nut rolls.

“The Christian Mothers/Women's Guild was generous with their monetary donations,” the spokesperson said.

He stated they also obtained some needed money for supplies by selling three loads of scrap metal collected from church property.

The phase of the work the volunteers were unable to do, they left to Delmar Signs of Monongahela.

The next project of the volunteers will be a complete restoration of the entrance to the administration hall.

A smaller sign will be located at the Manor Road entrance.

“We're trying to update the property so the church can be around for many years,” they all acknowledged.

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