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Huron-Kinloss Ice Cream Trail Vandalized Again
Street Sweet Removed from Trail Following Third Round of Damage
It was a sad day on the Huron-Kinloss Ice Cream TrailTM on Friday, July 19th when the “Mario Toad” Street Sweet had to be permanently removed.
It was the third time since June that the piece of public art created by artist Kathleen van den Hogen had been vandalized; the second time the “toadstool top” had been completely severed from its cone base.
“Mario Toad” had originally been damaged in June and at that time it was thought that the cone would have to be pulled from the Trail. Fortunately, the top portion was located quickly and Huron-Kinloss Community Services Department made repairs to make it possible for the cone to stay in place.
Minor damage to the cone was reported again on June 24th following a night of mischief in Lucknow that included a dumpster fire in the early hours of Sunday, June 23rd. Again, the cone was repaired in an effort to keep it on the Trail.
Unfortunately, this third occurrence of damage has made repairing and re-installing the cone unfeasible. The timing was also disappointing as July 21st was National Ice Cream Day with an additional push being made to get participants out on the Trail.
“It’s pretty sad that a few individuals couldn’t respect something light-hearted and fun for those who participate in the Huron-Kinloss Ice Cream TrailTM” said Nicole Griffin, Business & Economic Officer for Huron-Kinloss. “Our Community Services department worked so hard to repair and keep this Street Sweet on the Trail and then there’s the disappointment that must be felt by Kathleen (the artist); all those hours of work disrespected.”
Despite the disappointment, Griffin and Tourism Officer Olivia Kemple hit the Ice Cream TrailTM on Sunday with games and prizes for eager participants. Some enthused about their love of the Trail while others who’d not heard of it were excited to find out about it.
A panel featuring a photo of “Mario Toad” has been put in the window of Armstrong’s Home Bakery and will serve as the new location for participants to take their photo for entry to the scavenger hunt.
If you have any information as to possible suspects or any evidence that may be of use regarding any of the incidents of damage, we ask that you contact the South Bruce OPP by calling 1-888-310-1122.
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