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Local businessman sneaks piano into Safeway parking lot to connect folks


August 16, 2016

CHET GARRETT tinkles the ivories on the public piano his dad and two employees snuck into the Safeway parking lot two weeks ago, as his mom and siblings listen.

A piano that mysteriously appeared at the corner of 15th and Main on July 27, the Wednesday before the Oregon Jamboree, proved to be a big hit during the festival and beyond.

Those who put it there kept a tight lip. They simply enjoyed listening to people play it and talk about it around town.

The New Era got a tip on the do-gooders and Will Garrett, owner of Radiator Supply House, reluctantly confessed to the deed.

“I don’t need credit for what I did, it’s all about Sweet Home,” he said “It’s about building people.”

Garrett said he got the idea and asked a couple of his...

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