Medora man builds grotto


Unhappy with recent social change and new laws, a Medora man was led to show the community what he felt was a real family.

In June 2015, Kenny Striegel took out a notepad and began sketching what would later become a 14-foot-by-15½-foot shrine. He planned it as a place where people could come for meditation and prayer.

To make his vision a reality, he then went to the computer and began pricing statues of the Holy Family.

“The statues I found online were fiberglass, and the prices were outrageous, ranging from $4,800 to $6,000,” Striegel said. “My cousin, Del Steinhart, has a small grotto, and he suggested calling The Concrete Lady in Clarksville.”

That concrete shop had plain statues for $165 and painted ones for $275, so Striegel headed down to Clarksville with his friend and neighbor, Richard Christopher.

For the rest of the story, read Friday’s edition of The Tribune.

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