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Looking forward to First Presbyterian Church’s new home

Jarid Shipley
Appeal Staff Writer

While we take a moment to ponder the stories of impact this year, we can’t help but look ahead with anticipation to what 2007 holds. While we can’t predict what will take center stage, there are several stories that we are looking forward to covering.

For example:

With 2006 still in its infancy, a divide was beginning to develop between saving a historic house of God or allowing it to better serve its members.

In January, the First Presbyterian Church applied for a building permit to demolish the 141-year-old church, at 110 N. Nevada St., to make way for a newer, bigger structure. Preservationists protested the plan because of the church’s age and ties to author Mark Twain.

In March, after months of meetings, a compromise, designed to pacify both sides, was reached. A new, larger sanctuary is to be built on the opposite end of the block occupied by church facilities, facing Division Street. The area is occupied by a playground, small parking lot and an old kitchen. The plan allows the oldest part of the building to be saved.

Preliminary construction on the new sanctuary began in September. Then a week ago, a 35-foot Sycamore tree was moved from the area in preparation for the foundation.

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Rev. Bruce Kochsmeier said construction on the foundation is scheduled to begin in January if the weather holds. Church officials hope to begin worshipping in the sanctuary by 2008.

Watch for our story on what to expect in 2007 in next Sunday’s paper. We’ll look ahead as those elected in November take office, as the 74th session of the Nevada Legislature is gaveled into session, as Carson City and its neighbors grapple with drugs and gangs and fight to maintain their historic and rural identities. We’ll look ahead to what’s in store for the V&T Railway and more. Make sure you don’t miss next Sunday’s edition.

• Contact reporter Jarid Shipley at jshipley@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1217.