Williamsport briefs

December 11, 2008

Four businesses honored for help with cemetery restoration fundraisers

Four local businesses were honored at the Williamsport Town Council meeting Monday night for their efforts to raise money to help pay for damages caused when vandals recently 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," Mayor James G. McCleaf II said.

Dangerous sidewalks discussed by officials

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

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


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 money to help homeowners pay for needed repairs.

- Dave McMillion

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