State College Borough Reminds Visitors to be Mindful of Hours at Cemetery Where Paterno is Buried
April 20, 2012 4:50 PM
by Laura Nichols
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Updated at 3:05 a.m.

There is a correction to the earlier report that Borough decided to alter the visiting hours of the Spring Creek Presbyterian Cemetery. The cemetery has always been closed at daily at dusk, and Borough simply conveyed the cemetery rules after reports of several visitors to the area after dark. 

The cemetery is private and hours are decided by the owner, Tom Fountaine, Borough Manager, said. 

The borough and College Township have decided on restricted parking on Country Club Road due to narrow pavement.

Earlier, at 4:30 p.m.

Reports of increased criminal mischief around former Penn State coach Joe Paterno's gravesite have caused State College Borough to take action.

State College Police said Friday that 200-year-old Spring Creek Presbyterian Cemetery is closed daily at dusk, per its regular hours. 

Since it became public knowledge that Paterno was buried there, there has been a higher volume of visitors to the area in the form of mini-candlelight vigils and other gatherings, police said.

Part of Borough's announcement, a reminder of the hours set by the cemetery's owner, is because of the limited driving space offered in the area. Located on Country Club Lane, the narrow two-lane road leading to the cemertery has to accommodate golf carts and cars that are legally parked along the side of the road.

Paterno, the winningest coach in major college football history, was removed as head coach Nov. 9 in wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

He died Jan. 22 of complications from lung cancer.

Penn State will hold its annual Blue-White Game Saturday at 2 p.m. in Beaver Stadium.

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