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Man's Nap Damages Organ Pipes at Historic Church

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - The restoration of a Massachusetts
church's 130-year-old organ has been delayed because four delicate
pipes were damaged when a visitor took a nap on them.

The 18-foot pipes were among about 50 stored in the basement at First Churches in Northampton during the sanctuary's renovation.

Rev. Peter Ives estimates the damage at close to $15,000. But he says the organ can be played without the pipes. Ives says the church will not press charges.

The man apparently mistook the pipes for rolled-up rugs and slept on them. He is a homeless man who was in the church for a jobcounseling meeting.

The congregation traces its history to the 17th century, and was home to 18th century preacher Jonathan Edwards.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)


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