New Glas­gow com­mu­nity piano van­dal­ized

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Van­dals have taken the piano out of New Glas­gow, but they have not si­lenced the mu­sic.

New Glas­gow Re­gional Po­lice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the van­dal­ism of a com­mu­nity piano lo­cated in down­town New Glas­gow over

anks­giv­ing week­end, but now o ers are coming into the town from peo­ple o er­ing to re­place it.

Po­lice say it was van­dal­ized some­time be­tween Sun­day and Tues­day morn­ing. e piano that sat near New Glas­gow’s river­front was widely used by all ages – Pic­tou County res­i­dents and guests want­ing to play a tune as they passed through the down­town.

Ger­a­lyn Mac­Don­ald of the Town of New Glas­gow said the piano was rst placed in the gazebo in early sum­mer af­ter New Glas­gow’s pro­gram and events man­ager Jake Chisholm saw it as a nice ad­di­tion to the town.

“It was al­ways used,” Chisholm said. “It was re­ally neat to see peo­ple us­ing it.”

Mac­Don­ald said it was not un­com­mon to hear peo­ple play­ing the piano through­out the day and early evenings in the town.

She said she saw vis­i­tors from

On­tario stop their ve­hi­cle and get out to play a tune as well as teenagers and other groups of peo­ple who would stop and take a seat on

the bench. Van­dals tore the boards o the piano and knocked it on its side where town main­te­nance sta found it Tues­day morn­ing.

“e pieces were lay­ing on the ground and the keys were com­pletely smashed,” she said.

But all is not lost. Shortly af­ter the town posted photos of the van­dal­ism on its Face­book page, peo­ple o ered to do­nate pianos to the town to re­place the one that was van­dal­ized.

Mac­Don­ald said the sup­port the town re­ceived on its post shows how im­por­tant the piano is in the com­mu­nity.

“I found the com­mu­nity took own­er­ship of it,” she said. “It was their piano. We saw youth play­ing it, small chil­dren, el­derly peo­ple. Re­ally every­body.”

Two more peo­ple do­nated pianos to the town as of Tues­day so the town is in the midst of de­cid­ing where they will be lo­cated.

“I found the com­mu­nity took own­er­ship of it … It was their piano. We saw youth play­ing it, small chil­dren, el­derly peo­ple. Re­ally every­body.”

Ger­a­lyn Mac­Don­ald,

Town of New Glas­gow

SALTWIRE NET­WORK

This piano in New Glas­gow as van­dal­ized last week­end.

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