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Quonset museum faces costly repairs, sells bricks

October 31, 2011

Photo by Martha Smith

Dave Payne, executive director of the Quonset Air Museum, displays commemorative bricks honoring the Puckered Penguins.

NORTH KINGSTOWN – At a time when the Quonset Air Museum, a non-profit organization committed to honoring aeronautic – particularly military – history is making unexpected and expensive repairs to its new $50,000 roof, a fundraising effort is falling short.

Approximately half of the museum’s recently-installed roof was ripped off when a tornado sat down at Quonset during Tropical Storm Irene – a devastating event for an organization that has no single major source of support.

“Each section they’re fixing costs $28,000-$29,000,” said Dave Payne, the facility’s executive director. “We get the southwest wind here and that’s what took it off. We’re going to need to vent the roof” 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 building’s entrance.

Although it’s a device that’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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