{"headline18"/}Extensive damage done to Oxford cemetery

OXFORD _ The public's assistance is being sought in an investigation into recent vandalism at Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Cemetery on State Street in the village of Oxford, according to a media release from Chenango deputies.

The incident occurred sometime between 5 p.m. Wednesday and 5 p.m. Thursday, deputies said. About 20 to 30 headstones were either broken or pushed over, deputies said.

Neither Oxford police nor Chenango County deputies returned a call for comment Friday.

The Rev. Thomas Ward said the damage was discovered Thursday by a woman who was walking her dog in the area.

The vandalism occurred in the oldest part of the still-active cemetery, and memorials dating from the mid-to-late 19th century were damaged, he said.

The cost of repairs will be "astronomical," he said. "It will be a tall order" because the stones were so large and the area is so small.

"It's very disappointing," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call deputies at 334-2000.

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Struck dog in Mt. Upton recovering, still unclaimed

MOUNT UPTON _ Nobody has claimed a dog that was struck by a car in Mount Upton on Tuesday and survived, according to an employee at Valley Veterinary Associates in Sidney on Friday.

The mixed-breed dog that was the subject of a Page 1 story in Friday's edition of The Daily Star was in surgery Friday afternoon but appeared to be doing well, an assistant veterinary technician said. Another employee said she did not know of anyone calling about adopting the dog.

It is unclear whether the dog has an owner.

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Main St. repaving begins Monday in Oneonta

ONEONTA _ Work will begin on repaving Main Street between Chestnut and Elm streets on Monday, according to the city of Oneonta in a media release.

Construction, led by Contour Construction of Binghamton, is expected to be completed by Friday, weather permitting. During roadwork, Main Street will be closed between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., as traffic will be detoured to Center and Market streets during those times.

There are three phases, according to the city:

ä On Monday, 2 inches of existing asphalt will be milled.

ä On Tuesday, milled areas will be cleaned, and manholes and catch basins adjusted.

ä Starting Wednesday, the milled asphalt will be covered with 2 inches of new top-course asphalt.

The city is advising business owners to coordinate with the contractor to accommodate deliveries and pickups during construction, though deliveries will not be allowed on the day of paving.

For more information, call the city Engineering Department at 432-6465 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Laurens village hydrants to be flushed on Tuesday

LAURENS _ The Laurens Volunteer Fire Department will be flushing hydrants throughout the village on Tuesday. Water color may be affected momentarily. Village officials advise residents to check their water before washing clothes.

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