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April 16, 2004
Vol. IV, No. 12

"In the News"
Finally, taxes are done. Time to reclaim my life. Check out this bit that appeared on April 14th in The Lafayette Daily Advertiser of Lafayette, Louisiana:

"Giant Crane Will Be at Friday Bach Lunch"
LAFAYETTE Lafayette Steel Erectors will park its new Liebherr 300-ton crane downtown Friday during Bach Lunch and Downtown Alive! at the corner of Polk and Congress streets.

People will have a chance to take rides to the top of the crane and to have their pictures taken. There will be a drawing for the chance to maneuver the crane under supervision. Activities begin at 10 a.m.

Yikes! Did anyone go or know someone who did? I'd love to see pictures of this event. Was music played and, if so, what? If this brought in the crowds maybe church music budgets should start including funding for a Cherry Picker or Scissor Lift to give rides up to the organ loft. How about raffles to maneuver the organ under supervision?

The next item comes from the Milford Mirror in Connecticut. Trinity Lutheran Church in Milford has replaced their old E.M. Skinner organ with a brand new Allen organ and they're really excited about it:
I won't even dignify the rationalizations being spouted. All I can say is, Trinity Lutheran Church, congratulations, you've been bamboozled! What is it with churches named Trinity anyway?

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Have a great week!

Dan Long

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