Paint, flares do damage

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By GENEVIEVE

BOOKWALTER

After a relatively quiet summer, vandals recently made their mark on Twain Harte.

The suspects spray painted the number "422" on the Eproson Park stage and oil was dumped in Twain Harte Creek last week, said Twain Harte Community Services District General Manager Don Kasso.

Sunday night, someone used flares to light the ninth hole flag on fire at Twain Harte Golf Club, said Mark Aquilino, head golf pro.

Still, "This is nothing out of the ordinary that hasn't consistently happened every summer," Aquilino said. Sunday night's vandals also damaged the ninth green by jabbing the flag stick repeatedly into the ground.

Most vandalism on the course happens between May and October, Aquilino said.

In the case of the creek, about one can of used motor oil was dumped into the creek. District employees cleaned up what they could, Kasso said.

While Kasso wants the culprits caught, he said this year's events are less severe than last summer's, when two kids damaged towel racks in the Eproson Park restrooms and set a garbage can on fire.

"They could have burned the bathroom down," Kasso said. Instead, a firefighter happened to be locking the restroom doors that night and put out the flames. Teenagers were cited in that incident, and Kasso said he doesn't think this summer and last summer's events are related.

With a new Twain Harte skate park in the works, Kasso said he hopes kids will have an outlet and place to go instead of to the park and golf course to vandalize them.

"We're trying to get the message out, do the parents really know what the kids are doing?" Kasso said. "It sounds like they don't."

Contact Genevieve Bookwalter at gbookwalter@ uniondemocrat.com .

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