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Broken piano has seniors singing sour tune

Group looks for replacement

December 8, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer (apotter@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

Just how old is the piano used by seniors on the second floor of the Senior Citizens Center in Marshalltown?

"It came over on the Mayflower," joked Larry Benson, a regular visitor to the center.

The Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging and Marshall County Commission on Aging is seeking a piano donation for the senior dances and other events that rely on music at the center.

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T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER
LeRoy Hollingworth and Phyllis Higbee sit next to the piano on the second floor of the Senior Citizens Center. The facility is looking to replace this piano since it is out of tune and many of the keys don’t work.

"We're just trying to keep our music program going," said Robin Mancieri, of Hawkeye Valley. "It seems to be one of the things that they really enjoy."

The problem is they have a piano that has been deteriorating through the years.

"It's so out of tune and a lot of keys don't work, period," said senior LeRoy Hollingworth. "You can't carry a tune on the thing."

Phyllis Higbee often sings during the senior dances and has a hard time keeping up with the music.

"It's hard to listen when you got this key gone and that key gone," Higbee said.

Mancieri said they are looking for a donation of a working piano and might be able to arrange to pick it up, though they would prefer it be delivered. The group can't afford to purchase a new one.

"It would be greatly appreciated," Mancieri said.

Those who may have a piano to donate can call her at 641-752-1638

 
 

 

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