Exactly two years ago, the town of Somers was devastated as their church, which stood as a landmark in town for more than 100 years, was burned to the ground.
The Somers Congregational United Church of Christ was not only rebuilt, but also the lights are being turned back on Wednesday.
As the bells rang in Somers, it was a sign that wounds are beginning to heal. Donna Milliken said she has been waiting for the lights to turn back on at Somers Congregational United Church of Christ.
"It means the world to me," Milliken said. "I still can't believe it's been two years since we haven't had our church. Tonight marks an amazing night for our church."
Exactly two years ago, this church, which stood on Main Street for 142 years, burned to the ground. The rebuilding process was a long one with many ups and downs. At some points, its leader, Rev. Barry Cass, didn't know if it would happen.
"We weren't sure with the insurance company, and we weren't sure with our capital campaign where we would end up. But two years later, we're in good shape," Cass said.
The results of years-long labor are starting to be seen. The first service was held last month right before Christmas.
By March, the main sanctuary should be open, which will allow Milliken and the rest of Somers to return to a place they hold so dear.
"We knew we would get here. We knew it would take time," Milliken said. "Eventually, we'll be back in the sanctuary. Hopefully my kids will get married here and it would be a good day to see that."
The suspected arsonists are still on the loose, but Cass and the rest of the congregation told Eyewitness News they're looking past that and on to the future.
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