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Defacing Projects For The Community Should Not Be Tolerated

We are sometimes left shaking our head at the things people do.

That was the situation last week when a Celoron man decided to use blue marker to deface two statues of Lucille Ball in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron and write graffiti on an outside wall of the bathroom in the park.

Give credit to Celoron for having security cameras in the park that allowed Ellicott police to quickly identify the person responsible. And, give credit to Celoron Mayor Scott Schrecengost for moving quickly to have sculptor Carolyn Palmer come to the village to see what it will take to repair the statue.

It may be two or three weeks before the paint can be removed, which is unfortunate because there are people who travel into the area to see the statues as part of visits to the National Comedy Center and Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum.

Defacing the Lucille Ball statues is reminiscent of graffiti at the Gateway Train Station several years ago, a case that also involved someone old enough to know better.

“This type of crime just doesn’t make sense to us,” said Det. Kevin Pierce of the Elliott Police Department. “Vandalism of this nature is usually something a young child or teenager would do, but to have an adult do something like this just baffles me. The village of Celoron puts a lot of hard work into the maintenance of the park, and people from all over the world come to visit the Lucy statues. We cannot tolerate this kind of behavior.”

Pierce, too, is absolutely right. A lot of money and effort goes into projects to improve our area. Defacing these projects should not be tolerated.

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