WATERTOWN — Friday morning, two massive cranes will be towering over downtown to pluck a century-old weather vane from the steeple of First Baptist Church.

It is the first step a local group of citizens is taking to stabilize the 131-year-old downtown landmark.

Lofty venture

A drawing of the clock tower at First Baptist Church in downtown Watertown, photographed from a letter explaining church history contained in the Watertown Daily Times archive library.

Lofty venture

Steven S. Massaro, who heads the committee working on repairs to the weather vane atop First Baptist Church in Watertown’s Public Square, says there is no timetable yet on when it will be returned to the historic church. Kara Dry/Watertown Daily Times

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