Updated: Stolen stained glass window returned to Buntzen trail

photos supplied Deborah Campagnaro

The stain seems to be permanent after all.

A little more than two weeks after a stained glass window was ripped from Polytrichum Lookout at Buntzen Lake, the window was recently returned.

“I was going up to work on something else and it was there,” said Fred Bardle, who restored and installed the piece. “It was leaning against the tree.”


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For at least 15 years, Bardle has been salvaging and repairing stained glass, sometimes installing his work on the trail.

The window at Polytrichum Lookout had been attached to a two-by-four and attached it to the tree with three six-inch nails. However, in late-April, someone apparently grabbed the window and left the nails in the tree.

“To me, the cost is minimal, I’d just like to embarrass whoever happens to have it,” Bardle said following the theft.

However, during a trip up the trail on Sunday, Bardle spotted the window back at the lookout.

Bardle quickly re-attached it.

“It’s back,” he said. “That’s all that matters.”

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