Thieves threaten tradition at 210-year-old church

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DARLINGTON, Pa. (AP) -- Police say thieves who stole six copper kettles from a 210-year-old southwestern Pennsylvania church have also endangered a longstanding tradition.

The Beaver County Times reports that elders at the First United Presbyterian Church of Darlington say the antique kettles have been used for decades to churn apple butter each October, a tradition for decades. South Beaver Township police have notified metal dealers in western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to be on the lookout.

for the kettles, which could be worth up to $300 each.

Church officials say they're so heavy it likely would have taken two people using a truck to steal them.

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