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NORTH KINGSTOWN â At a time when the Quonset Air Museum, a non-profit organization committed to honoring aeronautic â particularly military â history is making unexpected and expensive repairs to its new $50,000 roof, a fundraising effort is falling short.
Approximately half of the museumâs recently-installed roof was ripped off when a tornado sat down at Quonset during Tropical Storm Irene â a devastating event for an organization that has no single major source of support.
âEach section theyâre fixing costs $28,000-$29,000,â said Dave Payne, the facilityâs executive director. âWe get the southwest wind here and thatâs what took it off. Weâre going to need to vent the roofâ to prevent future damage.
On Saturday, as workers from a South County contracting company toiled at a precarious height, Payne talked about a program to install commemorative bricks on the walk to the flagpole near the buildingâs entrance.
Although itâs a device thatâs been successfully employed at colleges, libraries and other public and private entities throughout the country, response to the brick-buying program at Quonset has been disappointing.
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