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The facelift of St. Ann's Roman Catholic Parish continues as work proceeds on a new parking lot. Workers have dug up the parking lot area as they prepare to put down a new, smooth layer of blacktop. The new parking lot will also expand to the gravel lot beside the rectory, where the old St. Ann's church once stood. "The parking lot will be about twice the size of what it was when it's done," said Wayne Wallaker, who is in charge of maintenance for the church. He said the smoother surface will cut down on puddling, which had led to the formation of dangerous ice spots during cold temperatures. Wallaker hopes the parking lot will be completed this weekend, weather permitting. St. Ann's has also hired workers to install modern windows in the hall portion of the church. That work is expected to be completed by early October. Wallaker said that congregation members have responded to the renovations positively. The church will spend between $80,000 and $90,000 for the new parking lot and windows, he said. The work comes two years after a major renovation of the church sanctuary, which included the installation of new windows and flooring as well as expanded seating.