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Williamsport briefs

December 09, 2008

Williamsport businesses honored for raising money for cemetery repairs

WILLIAMSPORT - Four local businesses were honored at the Williamsport Town Council meeting Monday night for their efforts in raising money to help pay for damages caused recently when vandals overturned headstones in Riverview Cemetery.

Events including dinners and silent auctions have raised about $9,000 to repair and reset headstones, town officials said.

The four businesses honored were Tony's Pizza, Osborne Funeral Home, Leiters' Fine Catering and Leftovers.

"When something bad happens to a community, a lot of good can come from it," said Mayor James G. McCleaf II.

Town officials cracking down on sidewalks in disrepair

WILLIAMSPORT - Dangerous sidewalks in Williamsport are getting the attention of town officials.

An elderly woman walking on a town sidewalk recently fell and had to be transported by an ambulance for treatment of serious injuries, said Town Clerk Donnie Stotlemyer.

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Another woman broke her ankle on a sidewalk, Stotlemyer said.

Stotlemyer said the town has surveyed areas where sidewalks need to be repaired and have found trouble spots in front of 61 homes, Stotlemyer said.

Stotlemyer said letters about the problems were sent to occupants of those homes, and most responded and were understanding.

Town officials talked about possibly finding some funding to help homeowners pay for needed repairs.

- Dave McMillion

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