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"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."

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lack of Regular Maintenance a Major Concern for Those Who Care about Clark's Corners Cemetery in Conneaut, Ashtabula County, Ohio

Sharing this news story reported on May 29, 2017 by Cleveland 19 News:

Investigated and Presented by news reporter Shelby Miller 
Tall uncut grass waving in the wind and obscuring a cracked in half 19th century headstone is a featured segment in the video.  This is an unwelcomed sight seen all too often at Ohio's inactive, and therefore unregistered, cemeteries.  Cemeteries in this unfortunate category (lack of burials in the past 25 years) are discriminated against in Ohio.  This is because unregistered cemeteries are ineligible in the eyes of the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission to accept and handle complaints against those responsible for a cemetery's care -- that is if it is a registered cemetery.

But there is hope............

Utilizing the power of the media to alert the general public, particularly those who live in the community, to the deteriorated conditions that exist at a local cemetery, is a powerful tool.  

The information shared on TV, newspapers, radio stations, and social media spurs stronger interest for individuals and groups to work together for the common good of the cemetery in need of help.  

The rewards are great that stem from cemetery volunteerism -- and so are the results!