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Spaghetti dinner to raise funds for Williamsport cemetery restoration

October 27, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

WILLIAMSPORT -- Tony's Pizza in Williamsport will donate sauce and noodles for a spaghetti dinner to raise money to restore the town's historic River View Cemetery, co-owner Jim Horn said.

A date and location for the dinner have not been finalized, said Williamsport Mayor James G. McCleaf II, who met with Horn Saturday, and plans to meet with area churches to ask for help organizing and hosting the event.

The restoration effort is a response to recent vandalism in the cemetery that left several dozen large tombstones overturned, but McCleaf said he hopes to raise enough to go beyond repairing the damage and fund a full rehabilitation of the cemetery.

River View Cemetery is owned by the town and cared for in a joint effort with Osborne Funeral Home. With no new plots available and no perpetual care fund, the cemetery's caretakers have no way of making any money to care for it, McCleaf said.

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Horn said he decided to contribute to the restoration effort after seeing residents' response to the vandalism.

"A lot of people are interested in trying to help," Horn said. "We were trying to take something really bad and negative, and turn it into a positive."

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