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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 museumâ€™s 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.
â€śEach section theyâ€™re fixing costs $28,000-$29,000,â€ť said Dave Payne, the facilityâ€™s executive director. â€śWe get the southwest wind here and thatâ€™s what took it off. Weâ€™re going to need to vent the roofâ€ť 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 buildingâ€™s entrance.
Although itâ€™s a device thatâ€™s 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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