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No belfry for the bell

First Baptist Chuch of Greenport’s 1833 bell (below) is on the ground for the first time in 177 years, taken down earlier this week as workers demolished the old wooden steeple in preparation for a new spire to rise. Above, the Rev. Thomas LaMothe joined the Von Eiff family of Greenport last Wednesday when the church offered one last chance to tug on the bell’s rope.