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All Lit Up: Knox Church in Crystal Falls!

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--November 4, 2013.

larger_photo_2_0.jpgChristopher Goodfellow, who is a director of the Knox Church Crystal Falls Memorial Fund, a federally registered charity whose mandate is to preserve the historic church and cemetery at Crystal Falls, in the Laurentians, and to support the preservation of other small rural churches in Quebec and historical photos and records, reports that the old church has now been newly illuminated with state-of-the-art LED spotlights.

Three spotlights, Goodfellow says, have been burning under 30 kw total of electricity and have been on for 15 hours a day. This, he says, compares very favorably to the former halogen lights which burned about 18 kilowatts every day.

Last week, Goodfellow installed a fourth LED spotlight -- "since these lights burn so little electricity." Now, he says, the entire south side of the church is out of the shadows, and "makes the new paint job and windows really stand out!"

Goodfellow is hopeful that the new LED lights will solve the issue of burned out bulbs. The lights are supposed to last for about 35,000 hours, or about 10 years. He also believes that the splendidly lit up church will look great for the holiday season, and that it will serve as a "terrific entry and exit beacon for the town of Arundel on its north border," and "as a tribute to the strong english pioneer heritage that is part of Arundel."

Not only are Quebec's rural Anglophone churches architectural gems in their own right, Goodfellow points out, but they are "representative of a cultural heritage that is as important to preserve in Quebec as the dominant French culture."

He adds that it is "important to point out that we take great pride at this time in our province's turbulent state with so much corruption in the news related to government programs and contracts that we do not seek, take or accept any public monies in our endeavours. We as a community take care of our heritage and do not rely on political favours. We go quietly about our business preserving our own buildings through voluntary efforts."