Sale of Chairs Delayed


For those of you who couldn\'t sleep at night awaiting a decision about whether or not those chairs in Newton, PA would be sold, the wait is over. Here is a follow-up story from

\"We\'ve had many sleepless nights over these chairs,\" library President Philip Hagan said Monday night. \"Most library members are passionate about keeping them. We just want people to realize that the history of this library exceeds that of the chairs.\"

\"The library\'s board of directors voted unanimously in a closed-door meeting Monday night to delay the sale of the two side chairs.\"

\"Instead, the five-member board said it would give the community one year to raise the $1 million it needs to make basic repairs and improvements to the library.\"

\"Our goal is not to sell chairs,\" said board member Nancy Freudenthal. \"It is to ensure the financial standing of the library.\"

\"Doug Levin, of Newtown, was named to head an effort to raise $250,000 by October -- the same month the chairs would have been auctioned at Sotheby\'s fall Americana sale.\"

\"The chairs, which went to Sotheby\'s American Furniture and Decorative Arts Department in New York for appraisal about two weeks ago, will remain there during the fund-raising.\"