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Markowitz introduces cemetery guidelines

In keeping with the spirit of the Halloween and All Souls Day season, Vermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz announced the publication of new guidelines, titled "Digging Deep-Unearthing the Mysteries of Burial and Cemetery Law". The publication was written to help cemetery commissioners and associations untangle the web of complicated laws relating to burials and cemeteries, and to assist the public with answers to frequently asked questions. Markowitz said, "The laws governing Vermont's cemeteries are complex. Protecting the public health and safety and ensuring that cemeteries will be maintained into the future is of grave concern." Also on hand were representatives from the Vermont Cemetery Association and Green Mount Cemetery. "I want to thank Joy Fagan and Patrick Healy of the Vermont Cemetery Association for urging me to take a stab at writing this booklet," states Markowitz. "It was a worthwhile undertaking." To order a copy of the guidelines in booklet form, call the Secretary of State's Office at 802-828-2148. You may also order it on the Secretary of State's web site: www.sec.state.vt.us/municipal/.

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