Looking to add value to your home? Installing a spa or pool is a wonderful idea to add to your list. Plus, your backyard barbecues will be much more fun. The process of installing a pool or spa isn't something you can handle on your own, though. You will need a team of experienced electricians in Heat Springs, SC to ensure your system is set up correctly. That way, you can enjoy your pool or spa for years to come, and it'll be in great working order when it's time to sell.
Installing a pool or spa is a very involved job that includes more than digging out space for a pool or spa. These units are very complex and have a whole host of electrical needs, from heating units and filters to color-changing lights that wow your guests. Having a professional install these parts is vital. Otherwise, you'll be swimming in a dirty, near-freezing pool or spa.
Hiring Sievert Electrical Contractors guarantees your pool or spa will be in proper working order for years and years.
Finding a reliable EV charging station when you're out and about is still a gamble in this day and age. While EV charger availability is improving, most EV owners prefer to have a charging station installed at home. But doing so is easier said than done and often requires the help of a professional electrician.
If you're like most homeowners, you don't have the proper permit to install your own EV charging station. For that reason alone, you need to rely on a pro who has the right tools and electrical know-how to handle the job. Plus, EV chargers need much more voltage than standard electrical systems you may find in your home. That makes installing these devices much more dangerous than average appliances. Hiring Sievert Electrical Contractors to install your charging station ensures it's completed quickly, correctly, and safely.
South Carolina's hurricane season is nothing to take lightly. Every year, homeowners in the Lowcountry prepare for high winds, heavy storms, and even evacuation. One of the best ways to protect your home and family in the event of a power outage is to purchase a standby or portable generator that can power your home when electricity is out.
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It's always a safe choice to rely on professionals than yourself when electrical matters are involved. That's true for generator installation, too. At Sievert Electrical Contractors, our team uses OSHA and National Electrical Code standards when installing residential and commercial generators. We know how to properly install generators, maintain them, and recommend them depending on your needs.
Because we truly care about your property and your family, we always take great care to operate with safety and efficiency in mind. When we're done, you'll know without a doubt that you made the right choice hiring our electricians in Heat Springs, SC
Here at Sievert Electrical Contractors, one of our many commercial services involves turning working vehicles into vehicles that work for you. Whether you're an electrician or occupy a different profession, our commercial upfit services will help make your workday easier and more productive, so you can be more profitable.
Our commercial upfits help experts with a wide range of issues, including:
Organization: One of the most common complaints we hear from tradespeople and business owners is that their trucks or vans are an organizational mess. Our upfit services help you get organized, so you're not having to toss important tools into the back of your truck.
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Are you fed up with spending money on new fuses? Do your employees nag you about weird electrical glitches that interrupt their workflow? If so, it's time to call Sievert Electrical. Our team of commercial electricians will diagnose and remediate your electric panel problems quickly and effectively.
Installing or updating the panels in your industrial facility protects you, your co-workers, employees, and your building from electrical fire risks. Electrical panel installation from our electricians in Heat Springs, SC is important because it protects your other electrical systems, which prolongs the overall lifespan of your system. Safety is always our top priority at Sievert Electrical Contractors, which is why we believe the right way is the only way to install or upgrade your industrial-grade electrical panels.
Our industrial panel services include:
When it comes to electrical repair services, serving industrial needs is often more comprehensive and complex than those in the residential space.
Industrial electricians must deal with more complex electrical systems. These advanced systems often need different equipment and tools when repairs to industrial-grade elements are required. Unlike residential repairs, in industrial settings, electrical systems are usually custom-made for the facility and include unique parts with higher voltages than in the typical home. And while no electrical issue is good, industrial failures have massive repercussions that can often shut enterprises down when their temperature control, machinery, and automated PLCs are affected.
For those reasons alone, you need the best electric pros to perform industrial-level electric repairs. Fortunately, Sievert Electrical Contractors is here to help. Our industrial electricians have the experience and expertise to tackle the most complicated industrial electric repairs, whether you own a warehouse, medical center, or another type of industrial facility.
Don't leave your home or business in the hands of unqualified handymen or unlicensed contractors. With decades of combined experience, Sievert Electrical Contractors specializes in a wide variety of custom electrical services. We go the extra mile to exceed expectations, because that's how we would want our families treated. Call us today to discover the Sievert Electrical difference.
A new pizza restaurant with a fun throw-back theme has opened in Hot Springs, N.C.Vinyl Pies opened Oct. 31 offering brick oven pizza, salads, and a variety of merchandise along the Appalachian Trail.“We have been coming to Hot Springs since 2008 and were always a bit surprised there wasn’t a pizza restaurant,” said owner Karen Goss. “After moving to Hot Springs in July 2018, there still was not a pizza restaurant. We thought the town really needed it, especially given the fact that it’s on the App...
A new pizza restaurant with a fun throw-back theme has opened in Hot Springs, N.C.
Vinyl Pies opened Oct. 31 offering brick oven pizza, salads, and a variety of merchandise along the Appalachian Trail.
“We have been coming to Hot Springs since 2008 and were always a bit surprised there wasn’t a pizza restaurant,” said owner Karen Goss. “After moving to Hot Springs in July 2018, there still was not a pizza restaurant. We thought the town really needed it, especially given the fact that it’s on the Appalachian Trail, and hikers love carbs!”
Goss noted that the unofficial motto of Hot Springs is “Where Mayberry meets the Twilight Zone.” With that in mind, she and her husband Gary and their partners Marty Martin and Ashely Skipper knew a throwback theme would make perfect sense.
The Gosses met when Karen was a bartender and server finishing her undergraduate degree. He was her new manager. Gary has always worked full-time in hospitality and restaurants, and Karen often helped most weekends while being an educator Monday through Friday, she said.
Partners Martin and Skipper have years of customer service experience with Martin running Nissan dealerships in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Skipper working in restaurants on and off over the years.
Goss noted that she and Gary are fortunate enough to own the Iron Horse Station inn, restaurant, and tavern, located just around the corner from Vinyl Pies. Many of their staff work at both locations.
“Our staff is unbelievable, truly the best at what they do,” she said.
“Hot Springs is such a wonderful community,” she continued. “The businesses in town are unbelievably supportive of one another. That is why we wanted to stick solely with brick oven pizza and salad. If you’re in the mood for pizza, you’re gonna wanna visit us! And if you’re looking for other options, those options are in Hot Springs, too. We just knew there was a great need for specialty pizza with a fun, throw-back theme. Who doesn’t love great pizza and good music?”
Vinyl Pies is located a 164 Bridge St., directly on the Appalachian Trail.
In addition to pizza and salads, they sell sweatshirts, hoodies, T-shirts, keychains, bandanas, and other merchandise related to the restaurant.
Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. They are closed on Wednesdays.
Goss said people come from all over to visit the natural hot springs or hike the trail, so they have a good portion of customers from Greeneville, Knoxville, Newport, Asheville, in addition to local customers.
For more information about Vinyl Pies, visit www.pizzaatvinylpies.com or find them on Facebook and Instagram under “Vinyl Pies Pizza.”
Happy Christmas. I wish the season fills you all with hope and joy.Often you meet the nicest and most interesting people out on the trail.Last week I passed three women snowshoeing on the Upper Hut Trail on Kelly Mountain. I skied up to the warming hut and started up a fire in the wood stove just before they arrived. Two of them spoke with a bit of an accent, and I asked them where they were from.“We’re from Iraq,” a woman named Skala Mustafa said. “But we’re from the Kurdish part of Iraq.&r...
Happy Christmas. I wish the season fills you all with hope and joy.
Often you meet the nicest and most interesting people out on the trail.
Last week I passed three women snowshoeing on the Upper Hut Trail on Kelly Mountain. I skied up to the warming hut and started up a fire in the wood stove just before they arrived. Two of them spoke with a bit of an accent, and I asked them where they were from.
“We’re from Iraq,” a woman named Skala Mustafa said. “But we’re from the Kurdish part of Iraq.”
Skala said in her homeland they have lots of mountains, “but not this much snow.”
Skala said she recently arrived in Idaho Falls to visit her brother who is here working on his Ph.D. in computer science. She described having to jump through many hoops to obtain a visa “because I come from Iraq.”
The other Kurdish woman was Hero Salih, Skala’s sister-in-law, who lives in Idaho Falls and runs Hero’s Kitchen out of her home. She said she often sells her goods at the Idaho Falls Farmers Market. The third woman, Emily Thomas, was just your typical American girl playing guide to two foreign friends on an outdoor adventure.
“We’ve never been up here in the winter before,” Emily said. “After this, we are going to the hot springs.”
I told them that the large, deep prints in the snow along the trail were moose tracks, and we had an animated discussion about the giant animal.
When the trio arrived at the hut, they pulled out two traditional Middle Eastern treats — a date-filled pinwheel-type cookie and a small cheese-filled roll. I traded one of my Kind Bars for a date-filled cookie, and I think I got the better bargain.
The Kurd’s next adventure was to visit Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah over the holidays.
When I got home, I looked up Hero’s Facebook page (Hero’s Kitchen) and found some of her other tasty-looking Middle Eastern dishes she has to offer. She said you order from her one day and pick the food up the next day.
The warming hut is available for overnight reservations. For information, go to the Idaho Falls Ski Club’s website.
It was interesting that the temperatures were actually colder in Idaho Falls than in the mountains around the Kelly Canyon Ski Resort. The temperature inversion had settled the coldest air in the lowlands.
When I know I’m doing something active outside on bitter cold days, I focus on three things: my feet, my hands and my head.
For my head, I like to wear a thick beanie, and if the wind is blowing, I put on a buff that can be pulled up over my face if need be. That is usually sufficient for most situations. If it gets super cold, I put on a balaclava (kind of like a ski mask). Ski goggles also seem to warm up your face.
For my feet, I like to wear long wool socks (even knee high). Keeping your legs reasonably warm helps keep your feet warmer too. If your blood passes through chilly legs, it won’t warm your feet as much. On particularly cold days, feet can be warmed with plastic grocery bags wrapped around your feet and inside your boots. Another strategy is to use tiny chemical toe warmers that stick to the end of your boot or sock. Also, make sure that your boots are waterproof or there is no hope for keeping your feet warm.
For my hands, I like to have two sets of gloves — one heavy-duty and another for normal use. Often when you first start out on a cold winter day, heavy gloves are needed. Then you can switch to the lighter gloves after your body warms up from activity. The extra pair of gloves comes in handy in case one set gets wet.
For the rest of the body, I wear layers and take them on and off depending on the conditions. This means you’ll need a daypack to accommodate everything.
One final trick to consider is a thermos bottle filled with a hot drink. On particularly cold days, downing a cup of hot drink works like magic to warm the entire body.
An arctic cold front, possible snow and falling gas prices have conspired to make this a unique Christmas travel season.Strong winds and plunging temperatures are expected today as an arctic front moves through the state. North Arkansas could see an inch or two of snow while Central Arkansas may see a dusting, according to a briefing from the National Weather Service on Wednesday.A bitter cold snap is expected to settle over the state by Friday. "Widespread sub-freezing conditions" are expected to last for at least a ...
An arctic cold front, possible snow and falling gas prices have conspired to make this a unique Christmas travel season.
Strong winds and plunging temperatures are expected today as an arctic front moves through the state. North Arkansas could see an inch or two of snow while Central Arkansas may see a dusting, according to a briefing from the National Weather Service on Wednesday.
A bitter cold snap is expected to settle over the state by Friday. "Widespread sub-freezing conditions" are expected to last for at least a couple days, the Weather Service said. Wind chill watches, warnings and advisories are in effect for much of Arkansas, according to the briefing.
The front is likely to create treacherous weather throughout the nation. Forecasters have predicted blizzard conditions across portions of the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Central and Northern Plains. Heavy rain after snowfall could cause flooding in the Northeast on Friday. The National Weather Service expects a combination of heavy snow and strong gusts could lead to power failures and scattered tree damage.
For Arkansas travelers, the bad weather could create delays, cancellations and hazardous road conditions.
Airlines including Delta, American, United, Frontier, Alaska and Southwest were waiving flight change fees and allowing passengers to choose new tickets to avoid the poor weather, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
Passengers flying out of Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/Adams Field in Little Rock are advised to download apps offered by their airlines to see the latest information on their flights, said Shane Carter, spokesman for the airport.
"If a delay or cancellation occurs and an airline doesn't automatically rebook you, you can likely rebook yourself through the app," he said in an email on Wednesday.
In addition to checking airline apps, travelers departing from Northwest Arkansas National Airport can use the airport's website to track their flights in real-time, said spokesperson Alex English on Wednesday.
Some passengers have already changed their flights in anticipation of the weather. Howard Rutenberg, of Hot Springs, said he was originally scheduled to fly out today but switched to a Wednesday flight to avoid the conditions.
"We would have had to potentially grapple with the drive to Little Rock airport and then actually getting out," he said while waiting in line at the airport on Wednesday. "It's posed a problem that we've had to make some adjustments."
While many other passengers departing from the airport on Wednesday said they weren't concerned about the weather affecting their flights, some said they were happy to be leaving before the arctic front hit Arkansas.
"I'm glad I'm getting out of here," said Ray Sedgwick, who was returning home to Charleston, S.C.
Latisha Black, who was leaving to visit Universal Orlando, said the bad weather was unlikely to change her travel plans. But she was prepared to bundle up while enjoying attractions at the theme park.
"We've got hats and scarves and gloves. We're going to tough it out," she said.
Along with the bad weather, travelers are also likely to see more people on the roads and in airports this holiday season.
AAA estimates 112.7 million people will travel 50 miles or more away from home from Friday to Jan. 2.
"That's an increase of 3.6 million people over last year and closing in on pre-pandemic numbers," according to AAA.
This year is expected to be the third busiest year for holiday travel since the federation of motor clubs started tracking it in 2000.
"This year, travel time will be extended due to Christmas Day and New Year's Day falling on Sundays," said Paula Twidale, AAA's senior vice president of travel. "With hybrid work schedules, we are seeing more people take long weekends to travel because they can work remotely at their destination and be more flexible with the days they depart and return."
Nearly 102 million Americans will drive to their holiday destinations, according to AAA. That's an increase this holiday season of about 2 million drivers compared with 2021.
"Travel by car this year is on par with 2018 but shy of 2019 when 108 million Americans drove out of town for the holidays, the highest year on record," according to AAA.
AAA estimated nearly 7.2 million Americans would fly to their destinations this holiday season. That's 14% more than last year, according to the association.
In Little Rock, more than 46,000 people are expected to depart from Clinton National Airport between Dec. 20 and Jan. 3, according to projections from the federal Transportation Security Administration.
"This season's projections take us back to pre-pandemic levels of 2019 when 45,661 flew out of the airport," said Carter in an email on Tuesday.
TSA expects more than 27,000 people to pass through Northwest Arkansas National Airport during the same period, said English. While officials were unsure of how many people flew out of the airport during the same period in 2021, English said the airport expected to see more passengers this year.
For drivers who brave the roads, falling gas prices are providing a little extra money for presents as the Christmas holiday weekend approaches.
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Arkansas was $2.69 on Wednesday, according to AAA. Arkansas has the third- cheapest gas in the nation, behind Texas and Oklahoma.
Meanwhile, gas is most expensive in Hawaii, where it's $5.10 a gallon, followed by California at $4.39.
The national average for a gallon of regular gas on Wednesday was $3.11.
The prices are considerably lower than the record highs set on June 14 of $4.54 per gallon in Arkansas and $5.02 per gallon nationally.
"The cost of oil, gasoline's main ingredient, has been hovering in the low-to-mid $70s per barrel, and that's $50 less than the peak last spring," said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. "Combined with low seasonal demand, gas prices could slide a bit more before leveling off."
The East Pennsboro girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season Tuesday night, rolling to a 48-16 Mid-Penn Capital victory over Steelton-Highspire in Steelton.Ten different players recorded points for the Panthers (1-5, 1-3 Capital), including Isabella Brady, who led the team with 11. Irys Kline collected 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals, and East Pennsboro’s defense held the Rollers (0-5, 0-2) without a field goal in the first half.East Pennsboro returns home Friday to continue its Capital schedul...
The East Pennsboro girls basketball team picked up its first win of the season Tuesday night, rolling to a 48-16 Mid-Penn Capital victory over Steelton-Highspire in Steelton.
Ten different players recorded points for the Panthers (1-5, 1-3 Capital), including Isabella Brady, who led the team with 11. Irys Kline collected 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals, and East Pennsboro’s defense held the Rollers (0-5, 0-2) without a field goal in the first half.
East Pennsboro returns home Friday to continue its Capital schedule with a game against Trinity.
For the first time since the 2014-15 season, the Red Land girls basketball team has authored multiple winning streaks in the same season.
The Patriots (5-3, 2-2 Keystone) won two games at home in as many nights, defeating Palmyra 38-24 Tuesday before topping Milton Hershey 56-40 Wednesday night in Lewisberry. Karli Dacosta led Red Land’s offensive output in both games with 12 points and 15 points, respectively. In Wednesday’s Triumph, Carlee Collier (14 points, nine rebounds) and Summer Emlet (13 points, nine rebounds) also reached double figures.
Red Land won its first three games of the season before back-to-back losses to open its Keystone slate. The Patriots, who finished last season with six wins, can match the win total Thursday, when they visit Mechanicsburg at 7 p.m. with a chance to win three games in three nights.
After a 1-2 start, Carlisle has won three of its last four, including Tuesday’s 44-29 Mid-Penn Commonwealth win at Central Dauphin East. The Thundering Herd (4-3, 2-1 Commonwealth) also defeated James Buchanan (58-53) and Harrisburg (59-47) during that stretch.
Balance has keyed the Herd’s success so far. In each of its four wins, Carlisle has had a different leading scorer. In Tuesday’s triumph, it was Yaz Abu-Aiadeh, who scored 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Herd, whose only loss in the last two weeks came at the hands of Cumberland Valley, looks to continue their tear Friday, when they host Chambersburg Friday in a Commonwealth clash at 7:30 p.m.
Cedar Cliff continued its early season surge with a 67-15 Mid-Penn Keystone win at home over Hershey Wednesday. Thirteen different players scored points for the Colts (8-0, 3-0 Keystone), who led 22-4 by the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Alexis Buie (16 points) and Olivia Jones (11) reached double figures for Cedar Cliff, which is scheduled to travel to Mifflin County for a Mid-Penn Keystone showdown Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Cumberland Valley’s stint at the United Bank High School Invitational in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, ended with a 52-41 loss to Westwood in the tournament’s fifth-place game. Jill Jekot followed up her 41-point performance Tuesday with 27 points in Wednesday’s game for the Eagles (6-2), leading all scorers and earning all-tournament honors.
After three games in three days, the Eagles are scheduled to return to the court Jan. 3 when they visit Altoona to resume their Mid-Penn Commonwealth slate.
Lower Dauphin 20, Mechanicsburg 19
Northern 49, James Buchanan 21
Greencastle-Antrim 70, Shippensburg 46
Middletown 48, Boiling Springs 36
Bishop McDevitt 53, Camp Hill 16
East Pennsboro 48, Steelton-Highspire 16
United Bank Championship At John Rhodes Sports Center, Myrtle Beach
Red Land 56, Milton Hershey 40
United Bank Championship Consolation Championship
At Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Wrstwood (S.C.) 52, Cumberland Valley 41
Red Land at Mechanicsburg, 7 p.m.
Northern at Shippensburg, 7:30 p.m.
Chambersburg at Carlisle, 7:30 p.m.
Cedar Cliff at Mifflin County, 7 p.m.
Gettysburg at Big Spring, 7:30 p.m.
Boiling Springs at Susquehanna Township, 7:30 p.m.
Steelton-Highspire at Camp Hill, 7:30 p.m.
Trinity at East Pennsboro, 7:30 p.m.
ROME — Italian archaeologists are hailing a recent discovery as the "most exceptional" in the last half-century. They believe it could rewrite the history of the relationship between the Etruscan and Roman civilizations.Over a period of a few weeks in September and October, a team of archaeologists unearthed two dozen bronze statues of human figures, more than 2,000 years old and perfectly preserved in the hot mud and waters of an ancient, sacred pool.The site is the hot springs of the Tuscan town of ...
ROME — Italian archaeologists are hailing a recent discovery as the "most exceptional" in the last half-century. They believe it could rewrite the history of the relationship between the Etruscan and Roman civilizations.
Over a period of a few weeks in September and October, a team of archaeologists unearthed two dozen bronze statues of human figures, more than 2,000 years old and perfectly preserved in the hot mud and waters of an ancient, sacred pool.
The site is the hot springs of the Tuscan town of San Casciano dei Bagni — San Casciano of the Baths, one of many picturesque hilltop towns towering over lush green valleys dotted with majestic cypress trees.
But in the third century BCE, this place had a unique attraction: the ancient Etruscans built a sanctuary at the local hot springs that later gave the town its name.
The Etruscans lived and thrived for 500 years in what today is central Italy — the regions of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio — before the establishment of the Roman Republic in 509 BCE, after the last Etruscan king who had ruled Rome was overthrown.
Roman art and culture were highly influenced by the Etruscan civilization, which ultimately was assimilated into the Roman Empire.
The valley just below the town has 42 sources that provide one of the largest flows of thermal water in Europe, says Ludovico Salerno, a member of the local archaeological association that has participated in the excavation work.
Standing on the edge of the excavation site of the ancient spa and pointing to water gushing in from an underground canal, he says, "This source is the most powerful in San Casciano. Every day it pumps out hundreds of thousands of gallons of 105-degree water."
Starting in 2020, funded by the San Casciano dei Bagni municipality, archaeologists unearthed a large marble pool of the ancient sanctuary. It was decorated with fountains and altars to the gods Apollo, his son Asclepius and Asclepius' daughter Hygeia — whose name is the root of the English word hygiene.
The Etruscans had adopted their religion from the Greeks and key elements of the Etruscan religion were later adopted by the Roman Senate.
But this site, says Salerno, was not meant for recreation.
"The pool was a sacred place, only the religious custodians could bathe there. Sick people came to the sanctuary in the hopes of being cured and would offer gifts to the gods. It was a place of suffering, and it was a place of hope."
The first finds were coins and small votive offerings representing body parts in need of healing — ears, feet, torsos, and the like.
Then, this fall, two years after the excavation began, the team of archaeologists found two dozen bronze statues, some three feet high, perfectly preserved by the mud and water at the bottom of the large pool.
They include a sleeping adolescent male — known as an ephebe — lying next to a statue of Hygeia, with a snake wrapped around her arms.
Archaeologist Emanuele Mariotti, the fieldwork manager who oversees the excavation site, says finding so many objects in their original site provides a unique historical context.
"This is not only the discovery of the statues and small and big bronze and coins and ... architecture. Everything must be in the right place with the right things around," says Mariotti. "This is the context. The context could tell us the real history and all the history about this place."
Mariotti and his colleagues believe that in antiquity, there probably was a blacksmith on site, where people seeking cures from the gods could have their votive offerings forged in bronze. And researchers found bronze depictions of internal organs — what Mariotti says amount to unique early versions of X-rays: "Something like X-ray but in bronze, a picture of the [insides of the] body in bronze."
Asked if the anatomical details are accurate, Mariotti replies, "So accurate... really scientific accurate, really."
The new discoveries also shed light on what the Italian Culture Ministry describes as a "unique multicultural and multilingual haven of peace" between Etruscans and Romans at a time when the rivals were mostly at war.
And scholars, says Mariotti, could rewrite the history of the transition from the Etruscan civilization to the Roman Empire.
"We can describe all the life, day by day here, through four or five centuries, so this is incredible," he says.
But for all the new information coming out of the San Casciano dei Bagni sanctuary, there's one big mystery: Why didn't the Christians destroy this site — or convert it into a church — as they did with so many pagan temples?
Researchers have determined that around the year 500 CE — some two centuries after Christianity had become the official religion of the Roman Empire, which by this time was waning — the sanctuary was dismantled piece by piece. The statues were laid at the bottom of the big pool, covered and sealed with columns and large slabs of marble. It was the burial of a civilization, says Mariotti, performed with "pietas" – the Latin word for respect and family devotion.
Excavation at the sanctuary will resume in the spring. The statues — now being studied at the restoration institute of the town of Grosseto — will eventually be displayed in a new museum to be built in San Casciano dei Bagni.
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