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Who you gonna call?

Maris Grove employee enjoys double-duty hanging pictures for residents

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January 22nd, 2013

John Tippett, a maintenance mechanic at Maris Grove, Erickson Living s community in Delaware County, Pa., has a reputation as the go-to person for hanging pictures and photos. Everybody here knows who he is and what wonderful work he does, says resident Flossie Harkins. Originally from Landenberg, Pa., Flossie moved to the community from North Carolina. Tippett hung 15 of her Bing and Grondahl Mother s Day plates a small part of her collection on the wall near her dining room table. My plates are very precious to me, she says. Flossie was so impressed with Tippett s congenial attitude and the care he took that she wrote a letter of commendation to his supervisor.

Feng shui

Tippett eagerly tackles each project he encounters. I seem to have a feeling about how things should go together, he says. I ll make suggestions on the art placement and then adjust for the resident s taste and preference. It becomes a creative collaboration between us. Mary Lou Leitch brought along boxes of photos and pictures when she moved from Chester County two years ago. She wondered if she d ever find someone who could properly hang them. Then she heard about Tippett. That a Maris Grove staff person had the skills she needed made her life easier. It saved her the hassle of calling and visiting local frame shops to find a company she felt comfortable with. Mary Lou s apartment home provides ample space to showcase her collection of photos. The large two-bedroom, two-bath Williamsburg floor plan boasts a patio, den, and a sunroom area at one end of her spacious kitchen.

Mr. Reliable

Tippett has handled all of Mary Lou s photo-hanging projects, from photos in her bedrooms to a collection on her den wall of personal photos, plaques, and a framed letter from President George W. Bush to her late husband. Her largest project, on the den s opposite wall, involved hanging nearly 40 family photos that varied in size and frame styles. My husband had done a wall of family photos at my other house, so I knew what I wanted, she says. But I didn t know how to accomplish it. Tippett compared it to a puzzle and happily took it on. Even the mechanics of measuring, hanging, and working with a level is stimulating in a creative sense, he says. He laid Mary Lou s photos on the floor, arranged them in a pleasing composition, then eyeballed their placement on the wall. It s perfect, she says.