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Stone mason offers to fix cemetery vandalism

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A Potsdam stone mason has offered to fix broken headstones for free at a Felts Mills cemetery where vandals struck earlier this week.
Matt Williams, owner of North Country Masonry, said he never thought much about cemeteries until his 19-year-old stepdaughter, Amber L. Aliff, was killed in a car crash in October.
"Now that my daughter's in the ground in a place that you hold sacred, she's not out in the world getting messed with. She's safe and protected there," he said. "Then you've got idiots like this going around destroying and desecrating them?"
Mr. Williams was also outraged that the headstones of Revolutionary War veterans were among those that were broken. His son recently came back from Iraq, safe and sound, he said.
"I'm very thankful for that, and very lucky for that," Mr. Williams said. "People who do those things and devote their safety and their life for freedom, you don't go and disrespect their memory and their place of rest."
Mr. Williams said he would contact Herbert Cross, who is the groundskeeper at the cemetery, to offer his services.
For now, Mr. Williams said, workers should leave the broken limestone and granite pieces where they are. Putting them back together will be like putting a puzzle back together, he said.
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