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Little White Church on Hill vandalized
SILVANA The Little White Church on the Hill suffered from bad luck a day before Friday the 13th, when its building and cemetery were vandalized by two adult teenagers on the evening of Oct. 12, but according to Larry Hanson, such destructive acts are all too common an occurrence for the state historic site.
Hanson, a parishioner and chair of the churchs historic committee, recalled how the church building was completed in 1890 by a congregation that had formed sometime between 1882-1884, but he also noted the number of times that the churchs remote location has made it a target of deliberate property damage over the years.
An 18-year-old and a 19-year-old smashed in 55 of the churchs windows and tipped over about 30 of the headstones in our cemetery, Hanson said. We have insurance, but the repairs will run about $10,000. They apparently injured themselves on the glass, trying to get into the church, and had to be taken to the hospital in Arlington.
Not that breaking and entering the building would have done the suspects much good, since according to Hanson, we have nothing inside left to steal. Our back door has been kicked in so many times that we finally had it reinforced with steel.
Because the church is well out of the line of sight of its nearest neighbors, Hanson admitted that I dont know how to solve this problem, since he feels obligated to leave the church propertys gate open for visitors to the cemetery.
Still, with close to a dozen break-ins over the course of the past half-dozen years, Hanson expressed his frustration at the constant repairs that he and fellow parishioners have had to perform, especially in response to seemingly aimless acts of vandalism.
I can at least understand stealing as a motive, Hanson said. But once you get to people, not even juveniles, just busting in windows for kicks, thats insane.
The parishioners of the Little White Church on the Hill were already starting their repairs the day after these latest acts of vandalism occurred, but Hanson hopes that the surrounding community might be able to help parishioners keep an eye out on behalf of the church.