CHEERS to Jonathan Ortloff and others who made possible the restoration of the Wurlitzer organ now available to the Strand Theatre in Plattsburgh. The refurbished organ made its debut before a packed house last week for a showing of the silent film “The Phantom of the Opera.” The line for the event stretched down the street as almost 960 people filed in for the show. Another 200 had to be turned away when the event sold out. The Wurlitzer was donated to the Strand in 2004 by Leonard and Louise Johnson of Massachusetts. Ortloff, a talented musician who has a number of times over the years demonstrated his commitment to community service, took on the project of overseeing restoration of the organ. Working with him were Spencer Organ Company and a team of dedicated local volunteers: Diana Cron, Ernie Dossin, Kathe Fairweather, Malcolm Fairweather, Laurie Gokey, Gina Gratton, Jim Gratton, Meredith Gratton, Dora Harris, Joanne Hughes, Andy Koch, Lynn LaClair, Meg Meyer, Jackie Miller, Susan Mueller, Chris Ortloff, Ruth Mary Ortloff, Deb Price, Pat Russell, Jan Russell, Russ Shaner, Kevin Smith, Micki Smith, Richard Smith, Jim Stetts, Bill Tisdale and Harold Wright. Those team members spent eight years doing jobs — for free, mind you — that they had to learn from scratch, including scraping leather, cleaning wood and metal and re-leathering pneumatics. And none of it would have happened without a sizable financial donation from Alan Tetreault and David Cohen. Other businesses also provided sponsorships. The well-attended “Phantom” performance was a chance to showcase the organ, and Jonathan Ortloff delighted the crowd with his explanations and demonstrations of the instrument. His dedication and leadership are what made this impressive theater addition happen. The full house for this show, the faux Beatles concert and the recent benefit held by local musicians are all very encouraging signs in regard to the future of the downtown arts scene.
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Cheers and Jeers: July 21, 2014
CHEERS to Olivia Benjamin for capitalizing on a busy day in her community to do some service. JEERS to people who dump unwanted cats.
Cheers and Jeers: July 14, 2014
CHEERS to the downtown Plattsburgh businesses who painted their windows for the Mayor's Cup Festival; JEERS to organizations that don't remove their signs after their benefit events are held.
Cheers and Jeers: July 7, 2014
CHEERS to everyone who helped make this past Fourth of July memorable; JEERS to people who leave garbage in shopping carts.
Cheers and Jeers: June 30, 2014
CHEERS to savvy pedestrians and people who give away unwanted items; JEERS to inattentive drivers and to medical offices that play loud music.
Cheers and Jeers: June 23, 2014
CHEERS to Clinton County Attorney James Coffey for his detailed explanations before executive sessions. CHEERS to organizations that set specific times and dates for events but then alter them without warning.
Cheers and Jeers: June 16, 2014
JEERS to adults who smoke around children and to people who spit in public; JEERS to people who spit on the ground in public places.
- Cheers and Jeers: June 9, 2014 Jeers to freeloaders who show up to public events for the free food; Cheers to Brian and Candy Major for administrating the Plattsburgh PAL football league since 1998.
- Cheers and Jeers: May 30, 2014 CHEERS to Dave Werner of Malone, who has devoted a great deal of his time over the years to making sure members of the public are properly informed on roadway safety issues.
- Cheers and Jeers: May 26, 2014 CHEERS to Keeseville residents who continue to put their hearts into the village even though it will dissolve at year's end. And JEERS to people who don't RSVP to invitations.
Cheers and Jeers: May 19, 2014
Jeers to adults who let their kids ride with them on lawn mowers; Cheers to small towns that have websites.
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