Local Mason Donates Time To Fix Vandalized Statue

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North country mason Matt Williams is spending his free time volunteering to repair a 600 pound marble statue of the Virgin Mary that was left vandalized and in pieces at Waddington's St. Mary's Church over the summer.

"We're going to do everything in our power to restore it and bring it back to it's original luster and give it back to the good people of Waddington and the people of St. Mary's Church," said Williams.

Williams is no stranger to giving back

He fixed several gravestones that were damaged by vandals in Felts Mills several months ago.

Now his attention is focused on repairing and restoring the Virgin Mary statue.

"For every mindless idiot who's out there that vandalizes and wrecks something, I like the community to know that there is somebody out here that will fix it," said Williams.

By the time the nearly five-foot-tall statue is restored to it's near original condition, Williams will have invested over 50 hours in the repair - all time he is donating free of charge.

If all goes as planned, the statue will be back standing on the lawn at St. Mary's Church within the next couple of weeks - just as it has since it was originally put there in 1959 as a memorial to an area family.  

No arrests have been made in connection with the vandalism.

Friday, September 19, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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