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"Super Mario" Stand Near Lucknow Removed Due To Vandalism

Lucknow | by Megan Johnson  

After third round of vandalism, officials remove the video game character from nearby ice cream stand.

A Huron-Kinloss Ice Cream Trail "Mario Toad" from a Lucknow location has been permanently removed after a third round of vandalism. 

The "Mario Toad" Street Sweet created by Kathleen van den Hogen modeled after the popular video game character was completely severed from its cone base, for a second time. The Toad was also involved in a June 24 dumpster fire.

The Municipality of Huron-Kinloss says the third round of vandalism has made repairing and re-installing the cone unfeasible. 

"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 Trail" says 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." 

A panel featuring a photo of "Mario Toad" has been put in the window of Armstrong's Home Bakery in Lucknow 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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