Sheep Pen Cemetery photographs courtesy of Scott Andersen - September, 2011 and April, 2012

"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been removed therefrom and no bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Salem and Rush Twps. service levies | Springfield, OH News


“Townships are mandated to provide for the care and maintenance of over 2,400 cemeteries in Ohio and must find the funds to care for the cemeteries,” 
said Rep. Doug Green, R-Mount Orab.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

6 Tri-State townships asking for a levy to fund cemetery maintenance | Local News - WLWT Home


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A post was published on this blog on September 11, 2014 that is pertinent to this news story: 

"Ohio House Bill 576 - A Step in the Right Direction for Funding Maintenance Expenses at Township Cemeteries"

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Ohio House Bill 576 -- "To amend section 5705.19 of the Revised Code to lengthen the maximum term of a property tax levied for the purpose of operating a cemetery."
From Heidi M. Fought of the Ohio Township Association (OTA):

"The bill will allow townships to place upon the ballot a request for a continuous levy as opposed to just a 5 year levy.  The OTA supports this legislation and worked with the sponsor before introduction.  We are hoping to get this bill out during lame duck this fall and if not, passed next spring."
 
"The benefit to a township would be that they wouldn’t have to go back to the ballot every 5 years to renew a cemetery levy.  It would simply  be a continuous levy.  That is all the bill does.  We like it because cemetery maintenance is a mandated responsibility and so this provides a stable source of revenue should a township seek to put on this type of levy."
"If this bill should pass, a township would have the option of placing a 5 year OR continuous levy on the ballot.  If the bill doesn’t pass, a township would still have the ability to place a 5 year levy on the ballot."
 
Heidi M. Fought
Director of Governmental Affairs
Ohio Township Association
6500 Taylor Road, Suite A
Blacklick, OH 43004
(614) 863-0045
(614) 863-9751 Fax

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Taking an Autumn Stroll Through Lorain's Elmwood Cemetery -- October 27, 2014

Sharing some photographs taken Monday, October 27, 2014 at Lorain's Elmwood Cemetery.  

Elmwood Cemetery (formerly known as Highland Cemetery) in Lorain, Ohio contains three famous burials: 

Charles Joseph Berry, World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient -- the bascule bridge in Lorain was named in his honor; famous poet, Helen Steiner Rice; and Seward Henry Williams, "US Congressman. Elected to represent Ohio's 14th District in the United States House of Representatives, he served from 1915 to 1917. He also served as a Member of the Ohio State Legislature."
 
 16,620 interments are listed for Elmwood Cemetery on "Find A Grave", and it is 79% photographed.  
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Included among the photographs below are views of a short row of trees that stand out for their display of mid-Autumn's vibrant colors: