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After vandalism, volunteers step up

MILLVILLE -- The Venatores Gunning Club in Cedarville tried a new outdoor activity Saturday.

About 25 members spent four hours at Mount Pleasant Cemetery to repair damage done to 74 tombstones at the site. Vandals knocked over the grave markers the day before Thanksgiving.

Cemetery President Bob Nuskey said 10 to 15 tombstones, some of which date more than 100 years, were damaged when they were knocked over. He estimated the repair cost could be as high as $10,000.  

Tep's Power Equipment lent the club a front-end loader to assist in resetting the tombstones, which weigh between 100 and 1,500 pounds.

"To see the groups of older and younger guys all there, it was unbelievable," Nuskey said.

Gun club President Bob Reed said Nuskey asked the club for help. "He came to us with tears in his eyes," Reed said. "We said, 'Whatever you need, we'll be over there to help.'"