- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

APOLLO, Pa. (AP) - Crews hoped to removed spray-painted X’s and other graffiti from about half of nearly 200 headstones that were defaced at a western Pennsylvania cemetery.

Riverview Cemetery in Kiskiminetas (kis-kee-MIN’-ih-tas) Township was vandalized over the weekend. Rome Monument of Rochester is restoring the 199 defaced headstones, some of which date to 1908, at no cost. The vandals used red spray paint.

Rome’s owner, John Dioguardi, feared crews were going to have to clean each headstone twice - once to remove the graffiti, and a second time so that age-old grime would be washed away to match the newly cleaned areas.

But he says a patented product called Elephant Snot - of all things - has been removing the paint without discoloring the stones.

He’s hoping crews will finish the job Friday.


This story has been corrected to note that the restoration company is donating its services.

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