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First Congregational Church of Spencer mourns loss of church in fire

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decade

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US / ˈdekeɪd /

UK / ˈdɛkˌed, dɛˈked /

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  • noun
  • Period of 10 years

beauty

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UK / ˈbjuti /

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  • noun
  • Something attractive that produces great pleasure
  • Physically or visually attractive person

loss

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  • noun
  • Friend, family, or other loved person's death
  • Decrease or decline in quantity or amount
  • Experience or state of failing to have or keep
  • A situation when you lose a game
  • Process of failing to have or keep something
  • Difficulty or trouble caused by someone's leaving
  • Situation when more money is spent than is earned

smoke

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US / sməʊk /

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  • noun
  • Grey gas from fires and cigarettes
  • Fog of air coming from e.g. a cigarette, fire
  • verb
  • To give off a cloud of grey gas from burning
  • To add a taste to food by putting it near a fire
  • To breathe in through a cigarette, etc.

see

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US / si: /

UK / si /

A1
  • verb
  • To go on a date with someone
  • To predict whether something is, or will be true
  • To understand what someone says
  • To use your eyes to look at something
  • To visit a place often for sightseeing or pleasure
  • To visit or meet with someone
  • To find out by waiting or looking
  • To watch (a game, movie or TV show)

community

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UK / kəˈmjunɪti /

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  • noun
  • Group of people who share a common idea or area

ash

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UK / æʃ /

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  • noun
  • Gray powder left after a fire

raise

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US / reɪz /

UK / rez /

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  • noun
  • Increase in a bet above another when playing cards
  • Pay increase
  • verb
  • To increase a bet above another when playing cards
  • To gather donations for a cause or charity
  • To bring up and educate a child to maturity
  • To bring a dead person to life
  • To increase a quantity, size, intensity or price
  • To lift (e.g. your hand) to a higher position
  • To mention a topic /issue for discussion; bring up
  • To increase (salary, etc.)
  • To grow or care for plants or animals

part

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  • adjecitve
  • To some degree; half; not fully
  • noun
  • Division of a book
  • Ratio of something, e.g. 3 of gin, 1 of tonic
  • A line in a person's hair, made with a comb
  • Character an actor plays on stage, movie, or TV
  • Some, but not all of a specific thing
  • Role in causing something to happen
  • verb
  • To make a line in a person's hair, by using a comb
  • To move two things apart creating a space
  • To leave someone, or to break off a relationship

have

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US / həv /

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  • verb
  • To drink, smoke, eat or use something
  • To experience the effects of something
  • To organize an event, or join in an activity
  • To own, possess, or hold something
  • To cause to happen or produce a particular effect

think

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  • verb
  • To have an idea about something without certainty
  • To have an idea, opinion or belief about something

marry

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  • verb
  • To become the husband or wife of someone
  • To perform a marriage ceremony

layer

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  • noun
  • One of several sheets of a material or object
  • verb
  • To put things one on top of another

floor

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US / flɔ:(r) /

UK / flɔr, flor /

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  • noun
  • Large area used for a particular purpose
  • Part of a room on which you stand
  • Particular level in a building; storey
  • verb
  • To hit or push someone to the ground
  • To surprise or confuse someone who can't respond

come

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US / kʌm /

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  • verb
  • To arrive at a place
  • (Of mail) to be delivered
  • To move toward someone; go with someone
  • To reach a certain point or state

church

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  • noun
  • Building where Christians gather and pray to God
  • An occasion of Christian religious prayer, worship

baptism

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  • noun
  • Bathing someone in water to make them a Christian

back

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  • adjecitve
  • Farthest from the front e.g. in a classroom
  • adverb
  • Have returned to a place you were before
  • noun
  • The part of a chair that the upper body leans upon
  • Location at the rear of something
  • The reverse of side something
  • Area on the rear of your body
  • verb
  • To bet money on something
  • To go backwards in a car
  • To support and encourage someone or some cause

and

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US / ənd /

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  • conjunction
  • Used to refer to two or more things
  • Plus; in addition; on top of that
  • Used to introduce an action that follows another

aisle

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  • noun
  • Long narrow space between rows of seats

leave

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  • noun
  • Permission to do something
  • Vacation time; time off work
  • verb
  • To go away from; depart
  • To gift property to someone after you die
  • To allow something to continue happening
  • To let something remain unused or available
  • To let something or someone remain somewhere

call

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  • noun
  • A order or request for action
  • The sound an animal makes, often when in danger
  • A correct prediction, e.g. a decision in a game
  • A short visit to a place or person
  • A decision by a referee or umpire in a game
  • verb
  • To make a request or order for action
  • (Animal) to make sounds to warn of danger
  • To announce the date of an election
  • To make a judgment about something
  • To give someone or something a name
  • To guess in advance the result or outcome
  • To visit a place or person for a short time
  • To phone someone
  • To speak, announce or shout in a loud voice

out

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  • adverb
  • No longer stylish (e.g. fashion)
  • Away from home, business, or the usual place
  • In a direction/movement away from inside or center
  • noun
  • Act when a batter cannot continue playing
  • verb
  • To tell people a secret

form

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  • noun
  • Sports team or person's current winning record
  • Document you complete when making an application
  • Visible shape or style; type; kind
  • verb
  • To organize something such as a club or group
  • To develop; to come into a shape or substance
  • To make something into a particular shape

real

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  • adjecitve
  • Actually existing or happening, not imagined
  • Being important or special

spencer

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  • noun
  • A short, close-fitting jacket, worn by women and children in the early 19th century.
  • A boomless gaff sail on a square-rigged ship's foremast or mainmast (replaced in the mid 19th centur

the

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US / ðə /

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  • article
  • Used to refer to something already mentioned
  • Used to show there is only one of something
  • determiner
  • Used to describe all of a family

moderator

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  • noun
  • Person hosting a discussion

year

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  • noun
  • Unit of time equal to 12 months or 365 or 366 days
  • Used to refer to the age of a person

kind

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  • adjecitve
  • In a caring and helpful manner
  • friendly and considerate
  • noun
  • One type of thing

how

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  • adjecitve
  • To what degree? in what amount?
  • adverb
  • (Used to explain the way to do something)
  • exclamation
  • For what purpose or reason?
  • (Used to ask someone or something's condition)

bolt

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  • noun
  • Line of electricity in the sky from lightning
  • Piece of metal for joining two things together
  • verb
  • To lock by putting a piece of metal across a door
  • To run away suddenly; jump into action

thunderstorm

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  • noun
  • Storm with heavy rain with thunder and lightning

one

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  • pronoun
  • You; we; people in general; someone
  • The thing or person previously referred to
  • adjecitve
  • Used to refer to people generally
  • Being a strong example of (something mentioned)
  • number
  • Number 1

lightning

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  • adjecitve
  • Moving very fast or occurring suddenly
  • noun
  • Flashes of light in the sky caused by a storm

carlson

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this

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  • adjecitve
  • Used to indicate something already been discussed
  • Used to indicate something happening around now
  • adverb
  • An indication by a physical motion or gesture
  • A specific amount of
  • determiner
  • Person, thing, or idea near you
  • pronoun
  • Person, thing that has already been discussed

may

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  • noun
  • 5th month of the year
  • other
  • Used to express a desire
  • Expresses permission, possibility or probability
  • Used to show that a thing could be true

get

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  • verb
  • To become affected by illness or disease
  • To begin to feel or understand an emotion or idea
  • To send or bring someone or something home, etc.
  • To go somewhere to obtain something
  • To (cause to) do a particular thing
  • To obtain, receive or be given something
  • To currently have
  • To prepare for use
  • To understand something being said or read

first

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  • adjecitve
  • 1st; Coming before all others in time or place
  • noun
  • Something that has not happened before
  • Position of the winner of a competition

place

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  • noun
  • Particular location, area or region
  • verb
  • To put someone in a particular type of situation
  • To put something in a certain location or position

happen

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  • verb
  • To take place or occur

she

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  • pronoun
  • Female person or animal mentioned before
  • (Refers to female person mentioned before)

right

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  • adjecitve
  • Correct or true
  • The south side of you looking at the rising sun
  • adverb
  • Exactly in a place or time
  • Being appropriate for a particular event
  • In a straight or direct manner
  • noun
  • Something you are legally or morally allowed to do
  • Ideal of what is just and good
  • Political view based on conservatism
  • verb
  • To fix something previously wrong or unjust
  • To make upright, as a boat that has turned over

baby

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  • adjecitve
  • Small in size; smaller than usual
  • noun
  • A very young child, who cannot yet speak
  • verb
  • To treat someone as if they were newly born

nothing

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  • noun
  • Item of little or no value, importance, interest
  • Number or value of zero
  • pronoun
  • Not anything, not a single thing

hit

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  • noun
  • A planned killing, usually for money
  • Song, movie etc. that is successful
  • When someone strikes someone or something
  • Time when a player makes contact with the ball
  • Time when a website is accessed
  • verb
  • To have a negative impact on a person/place/thing
  • To press something, such as a button or switch
  • To suddenly realize the importance of something
  • To move your hand, a bat, etc. against with force
  • To fight, attack or damage something or someone
  • To arrive at a specific place, level, or goal
  • To make contact with the ball in a game or sport

witness

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  • noun
  • Person who was present to see an event take place
  • Evidence or proof of something
  • verb
  • To see the signing of an official document
  • To see an event take place (usually a crime)
  • To serve as an example or evidence of something

what

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  • pronoun
  • Thing or things that; the same kind as
  • Used to emphasize something you are about to say
  • adjecitve
  • Used to refer to a particular amount, or number
  • Used to place emphasis on a particular quality
  • adverb
  • To a certain degree
  • determiner
  • Question words used for asking for information
  • exclamation
  • Used to express excitement, shock, or surprise
  • Used to ask people to repeat something they said

that

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  • adjecitve
  • The person or thing being talked about
  • Used to identify something both the speakers know
  • adverb
  • Used to reinforce adjectives and adverbs
  • To such a degree
  • conjunction
  • Used to connect a noun clause
  • Used to introduce an adverbial clause
  • Used to introduce a noun clause
  • determiner
  • Used as a noun to refer to something
  • pronoun
  • Referring an object far away
  • Used to refer to the relative pronoun ‘which’

second

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  • adjecitve
  • 2nd; the one following first
  • noun
  • Unit of time; one sixtieth of a minute
  • Short period of time that you wait for someone
  • (Do) soon

people

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  • noun
  • Persons sharing culture, country, background, etc.
  • Men, Women, Children

like

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  • adjecitve
  • Being equal in status or kind to something else
  • Similar; the same
  • adverb
  • For example
  • preposition
  • Used as a filler; used to ad emphasis
  • In a way similar to the way something is done
  • Such as; for example
  • verb
  • To want to
  • To find something pleasing; to prefer something

even

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  • adjecitve
  • Being equal in influence, power, possibility etc.
  • Being divided equally or fairly
  • (Of teams/contest) with similar chances of success
  • Smooth, level, or regular
  • Can be divided by 2; ending in 2, 4, 6, 8, or 0
  • At a regular, equally steady manner
  • Remaining steady and unchanging
  • adverb
  • (When this is surprising) as well; too
  • (Used to compare two things/stress the difference)
  • verb
  • To make something level; to flatten
  • To make something equal

about

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  • adverb
  • To be ready to; going to
  • Nearly; approximately; roughly
  • Near; next to; close to
  • In every direction; in the area of
  • preposition
  • Concerning or of (a topic)

then

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  • adverb
  • A time that is not now
  • Following another thing in time or arrangement
  • Following on reasonably from what was just stated
  • At that time, not now

suppose

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  • conjunction
  • What if
  • verb
  • To imagine or guess what might happen

family

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  • noun
  • Close group of people or organizations
  • A group of people who are related through blood
  • Group of related plants or animals

fire

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  • noun
  • Heat and the flame produced when burning
  • Intense energy for or about something
  • verb
  • To apply heat to something to make it hard
  • To make a person leave their job; dismiss
  • To shoot a gun or weapon
  • To launch something into the sky, e.g. a rocket
  • To start working on something e.g. a project

during

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  • preposition
  • At some point in the course of an event or thing

down

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  • adjecitve
  • Being sad, sick, or unhappy
  • Not operating, working, or functioning as expected
  • adverb
  • In a sitting or lying position
  • Towards or on the ground, floor, or bottom
  • Written or copied onto a piece of paper or book
  • noun
  • A period of play in American Football
  • The soft, smooth hairs that cover a bird's body
  • preposition
  • Along something's path, course, or direction
  • Going from a higher position to a lower position
  • verb
  • To eat or drink very quickly and without stopping

total

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  • adjecitve
  • Complete
  • noun
  • Whole number or amount of something
  • verb
  • To damage a car beyond repair

historian

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  • noun
  • Someone who studies the course of history

all

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  • adverb
  • Completely; totally
  • determiner
  • Being every one of something
  • pronoun
  • 100% of something; the complete amount

their

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  • determiner
  • Belonging to them

move

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  • noun
  • Act of moving a playing piece in chess, etc.
  • An action; doing something
  • Step taken to achieve a goal
  • verb
  • To cause someone to have certain emotions
  • To cause something to change to a different place
  • To change where people live or a business operates
  • To take action to do or achieve something

direction

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  • noun
  • When someone tells people what to do
  • Describes the way you are going, e.g. North

demolish

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  • verb
  • To destroy completely (e.g. an idea, a building)

yesterday

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  • adverb
  • Day before today
  • noun
  • Day before today

take

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  • noun
  • Filming of a single scene for TV or the movies
  • verb
  • To accept something that is offered
  • To use a method of traveling, e.g. a bus or train
  • To use a camera to make (a photo)
  • To pick up something and go away with it
  • To study a subject in school
  • To attempt to pass (an exam)
  • To require a certain amount of time, money, space

neighbour

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  • noun
  • Person who lives, or is near, you

inferno

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  • noun
  • Large fire in a building or other place

main

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  • adjecitve
  • Most important; most often used

they

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  • pronoun
  • Two or more people, animals, or things

very

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  • adjecitve
  • Concerning a large degree or amount
  • adverb
  • A lot; much; many
  • Used to stress or emphasize a noun

building

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  • noun
  • A structure with a roof and walls, e.g. a house
  • verb
  • To establish e.g. a reputation, over time
  • To construct a house, office, factory

believe

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  • verb
  • To think or accept that something is true
  • To have a particular opinion about something

now

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  • adverb
  • At the present time or moment
  • Right away or in the next possible moment
  • Used to refer to something that just happened
  • Time between the present and a moment in the past
  • conjunction
  • Resulting from or because of something

saturday

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  • noun
  • Sixth day of the week; the day after Friday

but

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  • conjunction
  • Used before you say something different, opposite

elizabeth

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  • noun
  • Daughter of George VI who became the Queen of England and Northern Ireland in on the death of her fa
  • other
  • Queen of England; a woman’s name

can

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  • noun
  • A metal container for storing food
  • other
  • Able to; have the skill to; have the time to
  • verb
  • To have permission to
  • To be possible to do
  • To preserve food by sealing it in a metal container

want

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  • noun
  • Something you desire or wish for
  • State or condition of poverty
  • verb
  • To desire or wish for something; hope for a thing

investigator

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  • noun
  • Someone who finds information about something

feeling

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  • noun
  • Sensation or emotion you experience
  • verb
  • To be aware of or experience an emotion, sensation
  • To sense through direct contact; touch

child

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  • noun
  • A very young person, between about 2 and 15

paul

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  • other
  • Paul's name was Saul prior to his conversion to Christianity

not

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  • adverb
  • Word indicating the negative
  • (Used to form the negative of verbs)

maybe

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  • adverb
  • Possibly but not certainly; perhaps

member

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  • noun
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  • Introduction to Video Content
  • The First Congregational Church of Spencer in Massachusetts is mourning the loss of its church building after a devastating fire. The fire, believed to have been caused by a lightning strike on the steeple, completely destroyed the historic church. The shock of the loss is palpable among church members and the community.
    The church, which had been standing on Main Street for 280 years, was an important place of worship and a beloved community gathering space. Many church members had deep connections to the building, with some being baptized and married there.
    Harold Carlson, a church moderator who has been a part of the congregation since the 1960s, described the church as a second home. He recalled the moment when he was inside the building and had to be evacuated due to the smoke. Elizabeth Goyette, the administrative assistant at the church, was also devastated by the loss. She had been called to the church to check on a fire alarm and was shocked to find nothing left.
    Susan Ciccacci, an architectural historian, joined others in witnessing the devastation. She emphasized the architectural beauty and historical significance of the church, noting that it had previously been destroyed by fire in 1862 but was rebuilt a year later.
    The loss of the First Congregational Church of Spencer is not only a loss to the people of the town, but also to the larger community. The church had served as a place of worship for generations, and its destruction is a blow to the area's architectural heritage. The sight of the church reduced to rubble and ashes is a heartbreaking reminder of the fire's destructive power.
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  • In Spencer, the shock is very real today for church members after an inferno demolished their place of worship yesterday.
  • Investigators believe a lightning bolt may have hit the steeple at the First Congregational Church.
  • WBZ's Paul Burton spent the day in Spencer.
  • Total devastation, it's a shame.
  • Nothing but rubble and ashes are all that remain of historic church in Spencer after fire destroyed the building.
  • On Saturday, church members, neighbors, and church employees came by to see what's left.
  • It's been like a second home.
  • Harold Carlson is a church moderator.
  • He's been part of this church since the 1960s.
  • He was baptized here as a child and even got married here.
  • It wasn't a stable place in the community.
  • I got about maybe the second floor and they're like, get out, get out, get out, there's smoke.
  • Elizabeth Goyette is the administrative assistant at the First Congregational Church of Spencer and was called to the church to check out the fire alarm that had gone off.
  • Investigators believe the church steeple was struck by lightning during Friday's thunderstorms.
  • Now she can't believe there's nothing left.
  • To think about how they raised their families here and how they baptized their babies here and generations got married.
  • There's so many gorgeous layers of brides that walk down the amazing aisles of the sanctuary.
  • Susan Ciccacci is an architectural historian and came to witness the devastation.
  • She says the church has been here on Main Street for 280 years as a place of worship.
  • The church was destroyed by fire back in 1862 and then rebuilt one year later.
  • It's a loss to the people of Spencer.
  • It's a loss to architectural beauty.
  • A baptism was actually supposed to take place here at this church on Sunday for a family that's been a part of this congregation for decades.
  • Obviously, that can no longer happen.
  • Right now, all services are being moved to the First Congregational Church of Leicester.
  • 10 o'clock service and we're going to have a meeting afterwards to see how people are feeling and what kind of direction they want to head in.
  • We're still going to be here for the community.
  • In whatever form that takes.
  • In Spencer, I'm Paul Burton, WBZ News.