Piano brings song back to the Senior Center

As Bill Hotchkiss plays the piano during the lunchtime dance on the second floor of the Senior Center, he no longer has to worry if he’ll strike a key that doesn’t work.

The center recently made a plea to the community through a story in the Times-Republican for the donation of a replacement piano as the former one was not meeting their needs.

A total of 13 people stepped up to offer a piano for the use for these senior dances, and the one chosen was donated by Marshalltown resident Kevin Posekany.

“It was wonderful,” said Robin Mancieri of Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging of the response they received. “I had no idea we would have that many. I expected maybe a couple of people. We appreciate all of the responses.”

Local piano expert Annie Grieshop offered to look at each piano to see what would fit the center’s needs.

Hotchkiss plays for Cliff Hayes and the Party Time Players and plays regularly at the center. He was satisfied with the replacement piano.

“It’s a lot louder, and all the keys work,” Hotchkiss said. “I appreciate it. It was a nice Christmas present.”

Posekany read about the need for a piano, and he decided to donate one that his family purchased used for $25 seven years ago. It was being stored in his garage, and he wanted to see it being used.

“It just needed a good home,” Posekany said. “It’s great that they can get good use out of it.”

Mancieri said the sound of the new piano is a hit for the seniors who like to hit the dance floor.

“They love it,” she said.