MASON CITY | There is the sound of music in the plaza once again.
Two days after a vandal tipped over and destroyed a piano early Sunday morning, another piano has taken its place, thanks to a Forest City man's donation and an eager group of volunteers.
Doug Price, who donated it, said the piano was his mother's and the family had tried unsuccessfully to sell it. On Monday, he had the piano loaded on his truck, ready to head for the landfill, when he read the story in The Globe Gazette about the vandalized piano in Mason City. He talked it over with his mother and they decided to donate it to Mason City.
He summed up his volunteerism as he arrived Tuesday afternoon and emerged from his truck. "Here we are," he said.
A group of young men and women from the Crossfit Chiron fitness center as well as other volunteers lifted the piano from the truck, put it on dollies and placed it in its new home across from Lorado's.
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Price's mother, Carol, watched the transformation with a look of satisfaction. "She wanted to see where it was going to go," said Price.
The vandalized piano is one of four that a group of high school students in the YIELD program placed in the downtown area as a community service activity. Their "Tunes for the Town" project was to highlight Mason City's musical heritage. YIELD stands for Youths Investing Energy in Leadership Development.
They placed the pianos Friday. A vandal knocked it over early Sunday morning, damaging it beyond repair.
Coltin Schupbach, 21, of Des Moines, was arrested not far from the incident. He is charged with public intoxication and third-degree criminal mischief, an aggravated misdemeanor, in connection with the vandalism.
The other pianos are in Central Park, near the new KCMR studio and in The Music Man Square.