Adopt-a-pipe plan  is a novel solution

To their editor:

Sounds crazy, “adopt a pipe.” But I think it suggests a brilliant marketing strategy to solve an emergency problem.

Let me tell you the story. It’s all about growing old and the need to address problems aging brings to us all.

My memory has been jogged by Kevin Mathieu, organ curator for St. Patrick’s Church in Jaffrey. Kevin is in the process of addressing the need to repair and replace the working parts of the church’s 80-year-old pipe organ. It’s almost my age, so I recognize time takes its toll on everything.

Nothing is so old that it cannot be resurrected and made available to future generations. For example, I just saw a picture of the dramatic changes proposed to the Granite Block building in Peterborough that was built in 1847. Scott-Farrar, built in 1957, is also to be expanded and replaced.

The aging process shows no mercy. The Peterborough town pool is to have major renovations as I write, the Main Street bridge and the library are at that same point, when they must be retrofitted, and the condition of the organ at St. Patrick’s must now address the ravages of time.

Kevin says the organ represents about 600 pipes, 700 pneumatics, 5,000 feet of wire — and much of the guts are made of leather. Replacement is not an option.

To help finance the repairs, Kevin and his committee have proposed parishioners and friends be given the opportunity to invest their monies by adopting a pipe and thereby gaining a personal interest in the church’s retrofitted Tellers-Kent pipe organ.

To learn more about the adopt-a-pipe plan, call Laurie Mathieu, coordinator, at 532-6634.

Fran Chapman

Peterborough

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