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Three crosses rise in Avon Lake

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    Crosses raised on Easter Sunday can be seen from a construction site at 531 MIller Road in Avon Lake.

    ANDREW DOLPH / CHRONICLE

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AVON LAKE — Three crosses were suspended several feet in the air by cranes in the parking lot of the Northern Hammerworks building on Miller Road over Easter weekend.

The gesture toward the meaning of Easter and the Crucifixion of Jesus is a four-year tradition, lasting from noon on Good Friday until Monday morning.

Two of the crosses are made from whole trees and are 18 feet tall, while the center cross is made from plywood and 2-by-4s and is 24 feet tall. At night the crosses are illuminated.

The display is a collaboration between Northern Hammerworks, which did the woodworking for the crosses, Out on a Limb Unlimited and Sweat Brothers Inc. in Avon Lake, which supplied the cranes.

Nick Yarham, owner of Northen Hammerworks, said they’ve gotten many compliments about the crosses.

“The whole time these things are up we get blown up with messages about how much they like it, and what keeps us coming back to it is the constant stream of compliments,” he said.

He said the idea was inspired by the song “Multiply” by Needtobreathe, mostly the verse of “May this offering stretch across the skies, And these Hallelujahs be multiplied.”

This is the second year the display has featured three crosses. The first year, it was a single cross, and the second year it was one cross at two locations in Avon Lake.

Contact Bruce Walton at (440) 329-7123 or bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or Twitter @BruceWalton.
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