The tall marble obelisks, splintered white crosses and other broken tombstones at Pine Grove Cemetery have been repaired.
But residents of Mount Airy, Md., which straddles the Frederick and Carroll county lines near Montgomery County, have not fully recovered from the vandalism last fall of their generations-old graveyard.
"People are trying to forget what happened," said Linda Boyer, mayor of the town of 3,300, "but I'm afraid it's something people certainly don't forget."
In October, the picturesque cemetery -- formerly the site of evening strolls, occasional Girl Scout excursions, and even the swearing-in of town officials -- was partially ruined by teen-age vandals. About 60 marble tombstones were overturned, and the remains of a 6-week-old infant were taken from a grave.
The evidence, including the inverted crosses at several graves, suggested a satanic motive, Maryland state police said, a possibility that further upset Mount Airy residents. Five Montgomery County residents, including three juveniles, were quickly arrested.
Nine months later, all but one of the defendants has been sentenced. The central figure in the incident, 18-year-old Donald Jay Wingo of Gaithersburg, was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment in May after being convicted of 106 criminal counts in the vandalism and grave robbery.
Wingo, who had previously made no secret of his interest in death and the occult, according to associates and former classmates, told the court at his sentencing hearing that he had begun reading the Bible and that he believed in Jesus as his savior. In a statement to District Judge Francis Arnold, Abby Knight, the mother of the dead infant, said that Wingo had asked for her forgiveness and she told him she forgave him.
Wingo, who has been serving time at the Carroll County Detention Center, was also ordered to receive counseling at a drug rehabilitation center in York Springs, Pa., and to pay a portion of the $2,500 cost of repairing the gravestones.
Another defendant, David Alan Silberman, 19, of Gaithersburg, is scheduled to go to trial July 29 in Carroll County Circuit Court. The three remaining defendants were tried as juveniles.
At Pine Grove Cemetery, which is owned by its plotholders, only close inspection shows where the tombstones were pieced back together by a Westminster monument firm. Immediately after the incident, the owners discussed putting up a fence and gate around the always-open cemetery, but nothing has been erected.
"I guess the main thing we were interested in was getting the cemetery back to order," said Travis Norwood, vice president of the cemetery. "You look at it, and you don't see any difference now. But it's probably something the people will never forget."