Historic Church Bells to Ring Again in Ohio City

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OHIO CITY, Ohio -- Nearly 115-year-old church bells from St. Patrick's Church in Ohio City have been silent for more than 30 years, but soon they'll be ringing again.

"Listening to the bells is absolutely gorgeous, and it brings you to so many good memories, and I can't even comprehend the fact that these bells are from 1899 and it's just absolutely beautiful," said Linda Swit, of Cleveland.

Thursday, people watched as eight bells from the church were lowered from the tower and will be placed in storage while a new bell frame is built to hold the very heavy bells.

Three of the larger bells will stay in the tower during the restoration. The church has been busy raising funds for major projects for the past five years to overhaul the church.

"If you go to a lot of the large major cities like Boston or New York, you walk through the parks and in the evening you'll hear the chimes ringing and the songs playing, and I think that will bring a lot to this community," said Dan Engle, chairman of bell restoration project.

In about two months, the restoration project will be complete, and people in the neighborhood say they can't wait to hear all 11 bells ringing again.

"You can hear the bells throughout the neighborhood, and they were beautiful and you know it was a beautiful sound," said Marilyn Carroll of Ohio City.

Marilyn Carroll grew up listening to the church bells on a daily basis; she graduated from the school's 8th grade and still attends church services.

Carroll said St. Patrick's has been part of her life for nearly 60 years.

"You listen for the bells at noon and at dinner time it was always at 6 o'clock when the bells started ringing so you had to be home because it was dinner time,” said Carroll.

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