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EDITORIAL: Make vandals care for cemetery

The York Dispatch
Police say a cemetery in Spring Grove was vandalized on July 4. Photo courtesy Southwestern Regional Police.
  • Vandals caused thousands of dollars in damage at St. Paul Lutheran Church cemetery.
  • The team behind the Yorktowne Hotel renovation revealed awesome plans last week.
  • Beware, aggressive drivers.

Thumbs down: What is wrong with some people?

It all boils down to that question after someone toppled 10 headstones at a Spring Grove cemetery earlier this month.

The vandalism at the St. Paul Lutheran Church cemetery, at West Constitution and Bailey avenues, was done late at night on July 4, causing thousands of dollars in damage in addition to the heartache for families of those whose resting places were desecrated.

More:Spring Grove cemetery vandals cause thousands of dollars in damage

Southwestern Regional Police Chief Greg Bean said there are no suspects, but there’s still hope those responsible will be brought to justice.

He said what has happened in similar cases is that the vandals admit committing the crime to another person and that other person reports it.

“We’re hoping that they in turn let us know," Bean said.

Let’s hope those responsible are caught and punished — and that the punishment includes helping to care for the cemetery they violated.

Thumbs up: The team behind the $20 million renovation of the Yorktowne Hotel last week revealed its plans for York City’s historic landmark — and they look awesome.

We now know an addition attached to the rear of the Yorktowne in 1957 will be removed, making the final result smaller than before but also clearing the way for a “first-class” courtyard.

More:Project partners unveil Yorktowne Hotel design plans

The demolition gives project planners space to make the building compliant under the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as opening the building up to more natural sunlight, said Blanda Nace, vice president of community affairs at the York County Economic Alliance.

The hotel’s original facade will be restored to preserve the building’s historic appearance, but builders will accent the interior with modern touches, including a glass staircase, according to the planners.

Once renovations are completed in late 2018 or early 2019, hotel operator GF Management plans to open a rooftop bar, from which hotel guests will be able to see most of York County, Nace said.

The project includes a large group of companies and organizations, including the York County Industrial Development Authority, the York County Economic Alliance, AB Sketches, JDB Engineering, Kinsley Construction, NuTec Group and GF Management.

“When the Yorktowne reopens, it may be smaller physically than it was when it closed, but it’s taking giant leaps forward in the type of institution it is becoming,” JDB Engineering Vice President Scott Butcher said in an eight-minute video unveiling the design plans.

We’re now even more excited to see the final results, and we suspect the planners are right when they say they’ll return the Yorktowne Hotel to “its rightful status” as a cultural hub of York City.

Thumbs up: Police in York and surrounding counties will be keeping a special eye out for jerks behind steering wheels until Aug. 27.

Speeders, tailgaters, red-light runners and the like will be the focus of the latest aggressive driving crackdown, which resulted in 7,511 citations last year in south-central Pennsylvania.

More:State, local police targeting aggressive drivers in annual detail

York County municipal police departments participating are Carroll Township Police, Fairview Township Police, Hanover Police, Hellam Township Police, Lower Windsor Township Police, Northern York County Regional Police, Spring Garden Township Police, Springettsbury Township Police, West Manchester Township Police, York Area Regional Police and York City Police.

We wish them all the best of luck, considering these impatient and angry drivers put all of our lives at risk.