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July 13, 2013

TUCKER: Mini-reunion tops Canal Fest

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Tonawanda News — “I looked at her art portfolio and she’s fantastic,” Greg said. “On top of that, she is ‘all about’ community service and helping the less fortunate. Both she and TCCO feel fortunate to work together on this project.”

While on the subject of TCCO, Greg also noted that the organization would like to partner with some NTHS students who might be interested in volunteering at its Canal Fest concession booth next week.

“Students can collect required community service hours toward graduation while helping our non-profit organization and have fun at the same time.”

So how about it? Call TCCO or stop by the booth at the Fest and volunteer. Greg’s will make this a great summer experience — who knows who you might meet?

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Bob Derner, our organ pizza guru, sent in another story about the original Organ Stop Pizza restaurant in Phoenix, Ariz. which opened in 1972 with a Wurlitzer pipe organ which was originally built for Grauman’s Hollywood Egyptian Theater.

This unique concept of a pizza parlor with a pipe organ was envisioned by William P. Brown, a Phoenix real estate developer whose enthusiasm for the theater pipe organ and its music led to the creation of this landmark attraction.

He opened another establishment in Mesa, Ariz. with a Wurlitzer organ from the Denver Theater in Denver, Colo. In the theater, the Denver instrument had 15 ranks, or sets of pipes. The instrument was totally rebuilt, and the decision was made to enlarge the organ to 23 ranks for its debut in the new Mesa Organ Stop.

The Mesa Organ Stop was sold and under the new ownership, improvement of the pipe organ became a high priority. Over the course of the ensuing years, careful acquisition of rare pipework and percussions were made, culminating in what is now the largest Wurlitzer pipe organ in the world. Inevitably plans were made to move into a facility twice the size of the original in order to accommodate the ever increasing number of patrons and ever-expanding organ.

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