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3 December 2010

A curious coincidence: this fall we worked on two Op. 89s. The first was our instrument for the University of Tampa. The second was a tubular-pneumatic organ built exactly 100 years previous by the Wangerin-Weickhardt Organ Co. of Milwaukee for Immaculate Conception Church in St. Helena, Nebraska. The restoration of the bellows revealed cuttings of the Milwaukee Sonntagspost from 28 October 1910, the very date on which one century later the bellows was removed from the organ for restoration.

Restoration work was completed on 3 December 2010.

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7 November 2010

We remember with fondness and gratitude the life of Roger F. Greene, an early Dobson employee, who built much of the interior mechanical parts of the organ, such as stop actions, wiring and steel framing. Members of our crew were happy to visit with him again during our work on Op. 87 in Dallas, where he was living with his wife Shirley. We send our deepest condolences to Roger’s family.

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2 November 2010

Congratulations to our own Donny Hobbs, who valiantly overcame a wave of apathy and the stigma of running unopposed to prevail in his first election to the office of Mayor of the City of Lohrville (pop. 431). Donny had been appointed to the position following the resignation of the previous mayor in May, and consented to chance fate and the whims of a fickle electorate on Election Day. Having quieted barking dogs and put up stop signs to slow reckless drivers, voters rewarded him with the opportunity to spend fruitful hours in discussions of sewerage and dilapidated houses.

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November 2010

Our Op. 75 in Los Angeles’ Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels was featured during the month of November in the 2010 Choir & Organ Calendar. As a month-by-month bonus, visitors to the Choir & Organ website were be able to view the specification and download an mp3 recording of each month’s instrument.

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24 September 2010

Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska, announces that Lynn Dobson (WSC ’71) has been selected as the 2010 Outstanding Alumnus for the School of Arts and Humanities. A graduate with majors in Art and Industrial Education, Lynn taught high school art in Plattsmouth, Nebraska, for one year before realizing that his true calling was building pipe organs. Lynn was recognized at WSC’s awards banquet on Homecoming Weekend, Friday, 24 September 2010.

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August-September 2010

Restorative repairs were made at Luther College’s Center for Faith and Life, home of a three-manual organ by Robert Sipe. Built in 1978 and subject to unremitting daily use for over three decades, the organ was cleaned and some mechanical improvements made. Though there will be no tonal changes, re-regulation of the pipework was undertaken to correct any imbalances that have crept in over the years.

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8-13 August 2010

Lynn Dobson and John Panning attended the biennial congress of the International Society of Organbuilders, held this year in Montréal, Québec.

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May 2010

Our Op. 87 appears on the cover of the May-June 2010 issue of Worship Arts, the magazine of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. David F. Donathan, in his article describing the renovation of Highland Park United Methodist Church, remarked, “The colors found in the organ were simply breathtaking. At times during the concert, I could not tell if the oboe in the orchestra was playing or if it was the oboe stop on the organ.”

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18 April 2010

The completion of restorative repairs to the 1896 W.W. Kimball & Co. organ in the Union Sunday School in Clermont, Iowa, was celebrated today in a concert given by Gregory Peterson and William Kuhlman, both of nearby Luther College. The work on this instrument, the largest remaining tubular Kimball in original condition, was supported by a grant from Save America’s Treasures with matching funds from the State of Iowa (the owner of the Union Sunday School) and from local donations. A series of eight recitals runs through the summer.

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20 January 2010

On Wednesday 20 January, Lake City suffered its worst ice storm in decades, bringing down hundreds of trees and interrupting power for two days. Most exposed surfaces are covered with up to one inch of ice. In the lemonade-from-lemons department, however, those of us with fireplaces and woodstoves are replenishing our woodpiles…

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