Filed by Lisa Roberson December 7th, 2009
ELYRIA — Inside a back room at Steve Smith’s North Ridge Road business, Park and Pawn, musical instruments are sometimes easy to find.
They are there because down-on-their-luck customers trade them in for cash, or parents of children long removed from the school band want to clear out their closets. They hang from rafters and sit on shelves, waiting for someone to take them home and breathe new life into them.
Typically, their exit from the store is made possible because of a cash transaction, but last week each one — a flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin and bass guitar — was carried out of the stores in the arms of Elyria Schools teacher Mark Wainwright. Read the full article…