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School board approves organ restoration proposal

Posted by wlpo on June 19, 2013

          To say the Aeolian pipe organ at LP High School is a little dusty would be an understatement.  The organ that has been inside of Matthiessen Auditorium since 1929 will soon undergo the first stage of its restoration.

          Using money from donations, insurance, and the school district, the district is hiring JL Weiler, Inc. to rewire, clean and repair it.  The organ has suffered water damage. 

Superintendent Steve Wrobleski says the main electric cable for it will be replaced and brought up to code.  The company will also see what parts from a similar organ may be used to restore LP’s. 

          The work is costing $36,000.  Board member Dennis O’Keefe voted against it Wednesday night.

Wrobeski says so far they’ve had about $13,000 in private donations and he’s hoping to have a capital campaign to pay for the next stage of the restoration. 

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