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Peace Bell to ring in Ky. on New Year's Eve

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) - The World Peace Bell will get another ring
on New Year's Eve.
The 66,000-pound bell will ring for the first time in 10 years
at midnight to bring in the New Year in Newport.
The Kentucky Enquirer reports that the ringing will mark the
first time the bell has swung into action since its arrival in
Kentucky from Nantes, France in 1999.
Newport's special events coordinator Sal Wertheim wanted to mark
the 10th anniversary of the bell.
"This is a celebration for the people," Wertheim told the
northern Kentucky newspaper. "The bell will be open for anyone to
come in and touch the bell."
The original concept for the World Peace Bell included placing
it at the top of a 600- to 1,200-foot tower and building the
world's largest carillon. That didn't happen, but the bell's
backers say it's first decade of existence is worth celebrating.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-12-05-09 1823EST


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