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Crown Point cemetery improvements planned

CROWN POINT - An effort to refurbish and improve a Crown Point cemetery is about to resume with spring weather.

The Forest Dale Cemetery Association, which re-organized last year, has plans in place.

"Last year's decision to move ahead with plans for a Memorial Park using etched bricks that will bear the names of those wishing to further memorialize the names of friends and loved ones will be high on the priority list," said David Hirtle, pastor of the Crown Point First Congregational Church and an association member.

The placement of the Memorial Garden will be in the empty circle, just south of the Hammond Memorial area.

"Using the existing floral urn as a centerpiece, the etched, memorial bricks will be placed in a semi-circle," Hirtle said. "As donations come in, the association will purchase these etched bricks and begin the process of establishing the Memorial Garden."

The association is also seeking donations for granite benches to place in the immediate area and beyond to allow friends and family a place to come, pause and appreciate those in their lives who have gone before them, Hirtle said.

Donations for the memorial bricks and benches as well as questions can be addressed to David Carr, association secretary, at PO Box 382, Crown Point 12928.

Projects during the past year have included the resurfacing of the access road by Robin Knapp and others as well as interim grounds care by Tom and Linda Neddo and their family as well as members of the board of directors. The cemetery has hosted an annual Memorial Walk held each Memorial Day for the past 140 years.

"We are pleased to announce that a formal relationship with Mr. David Comes, as its regular caretaker, has been established," Hirtle said. "Starting this spring, Mr. Comes will ensure the ongoing beauty of this historic and hallowed area. Mr. Comes works as a groundskeeper at a local golf course."

The association welcomes all donations for its day-to-day operation.

"The contributions made to Forest Dale in the 1800s through the 1900s, when translated into today's dollars do not stretch as far as they once did," Hirtle said. "The association encourages all its user families to consider an annual donation to ensure the ongoing upkeep of our beautiful cemetery.

"With the leadership of the board of directors and the assistance of many Forest Dale Cemetery friends, a bright future is anticipated," Hirtle said.

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