Ring the bells: Tones of hope again heard from Dalton UMC

DGKN staff report

DALTON  Residents and visitors were treated to the tunes of “Onward Christian Soldiers” and “It is Well with My Soul” during the village’s vehicle-only Memorial Day parade this year. Those melodies rang out from the tower at Dalton United Methodist Church at the northwest corner of Main and Church streets.
This was the first time in years that the church’s bells had been heard. Now, residents have noticed the church bells chiming regularly.

The bells play hymns and songs throughout the day. Chimes can be heard at noon Monday through Saturday until 8 p.m. with songs at noon, 3 p.m., and 5 through 8 p.m. on the hour. On Sunday, they will begin at 10 a.m., with a song at 10:30, when the church service begins.
The bells had stopped working, according to information provided by Helen Domer, treasurer at Dalton UMC. Although it had been looked into before, a solution to get them working again was not found before this year.
“Even though we weren’t meeting for church services during the time of the quarantine, the church members wanted to offer something to the community to bring hope,” Domer wrote. “They decided that some uplifting music from the carillon bells might help lift some spirits, and with the beginning of the nicer weather and people being outdoors more, this was a great time to get the bells repaired.”

Read the complete story in the July 8, 2020, edition.

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