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September 25, 2013

Vandals wreck 75 headstones in Saranac cemetery

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But it’s not much, Tedford said.

“If we spent $8,000 on this, it would put an awful dent in our finances,” he said.

PREVIOUS VANDALISM

The cemetery, which features headstones from the 1800s, including dozens of Civil War soldiers, was hit by vandals in 2002, when 38 stones were damaged.

No one was ever caught in that incident.

The Cemetery Board does not have insurance for the stones, and most of the family members of the deceased are long gone.

Tedford, 71, takes pride in caring for the cemetery, which has a special place not only in Saranac and Adirondack history but in national history. 

And he has relatives from the late 1800s buried there.

“This is the final resting place for these people, and it should be respected,” he said.

“There is just no rhyme or reason to this.”

He hopes the perpetrators will be caught.

“They should make them do about 250 hours of community service under my direction,” he said.

“Their souls may belong to Jesus, but their ass would belong to me, and they would come away respecting this cemetery.”

Email Joe LoTemplio:jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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