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City engineer faces fear to see Goshen from 150 feet in the air

Mary Cripe, Goshen city civil engineer, faced a fear of heights in order to photograph the Maple City from up high.
Marlys Weaver-Stoesz
Posted on Dec. 4, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 4, 2012 at 5:48 a.m.

GOSHEN — Mary Cripe, Goshen’s civil city engineer, put aside her fear of heights in order to see the Maple City from up high.

Cripe had seen Zehr Construction workers reroofing the steeple of First United Methodist Church in downtown Goshen and arranged with the construction company to join them on the lift Thursday morning.

“I do have a fear of heights, so this was really working through one of those fears,” Cripe said. “As long as I didn’t look down while we were going up and looked just straight out when we were up, I was fine.”

Cripe said the experience was “awesome” and snapped several photos. The global positioning service (GPS) on the camera said they were 150 feet in the air, she said.

It was a little hazy that morning, but Cripe said she could still see Goshen Middle School and other landmarks of the city and even a part of the Elkhart County Landfill near Dunlap. Workers told her that when it’s not hazy, they could see even more of the landfill.

Cripe said it was nice to be able to capture photos of the current cityscape since likely future projects, such as the rerouting of U.S. 33, could really change what it looks like.

Zehr Construction also created an interactive, panoramic view of the city that it linked to on its Facebook page. You can view the panorama as an interactive or flat image by visiting http://360.io/vRyEfw.



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