Wednesday, March 07, 2007

It Was Due to Natural Causes

A Nova Scotia news channel should have consulted the man in charge before reporting vandalism at his cemetery. The report triggered a flood of visitors worried that their relatives' stones had been damaged.

"It’s like there’s a funeral going on 24 hours today," Gate of Heaven Cemetery supervisor Raymond Coolen said in an interview Monday afternoon.

ATV News reported that several headstones had been toppled by vandals last weekend. But rather than roaming hooligans, the damage was caused by Mother Nature.

"I’ve been watching these stones fall now for a couple of months," said Mr. Coolen, explaining that frost heave is to blame for the fallen headstones. [Link]

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