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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."

Friday, April 26, 2019

From WVXU Public Radio in Cincinnati - "Revolutionary Hero Who Lies in City's East End to be Honored Saturday"

Sharing this link to the article from Cincinnati Public Radio - 

Revolutionary War re-enactors, a color guard presentation and a 21-gun salute will dedicate an Ohio Historical Marker Saturday at noon. Parking is available at Lunken Airport, and Jackson says it's about a five-minute walk to the cemetery. The marker will honor Brown on one side and the cemeteries on the other."

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Ohio House Bill 155 - "Prohibit removing war relic from public land or cemetery"

Ohio House Representatives Tim Schaffer - District 77 and John M. Rogers - District 60 have introduced House Bill 155:

"To amend section 149.30 and to enact section 155.28 of the Revised Code to prohibit a war relic located on public property or cemetery association property from being sold, disturbed, or otherwise disposed of, except under certain circumstances, and to designate this act as the "Ohio Veterans' Heritage Protection Act."
Email addresses:

Below is the Bill Analysis followed by legislation text as introduced.:



Berlin Twp. appeals ruling on cemetery - Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware County, Ohio

Sunday, April 21, 2019

From the Greenfield Historical Society - Old Burying Ground Preservation Work Session - Sunday, May 5 beginning at 9:00a.m.

The Greenfield Historical Society in historic Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio has announced that its first preservation session at the Old Burying Ground for the 2019 season is scheduled for Sunday, May 5th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. 
This dedicated group of volunteers will be embarking on its 6th year with its hands-on work cleaning, repairing, and re-setting all of the various types of gravestones and monuments that mark the grave sites at this unique pioneer Ohio cemetery.  
 As in the past, like-minded volunteers are welcome to join them!
➠John King is the coordinator of the Old Burying Ground work sessions,
and he can be contacted at: 

Friday, April 19, 2019

Sharing the latest news report for Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon, Lorain County, Ohio

Sharing a link to the latest TV news report about Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon, Lorain County that comes from Cleveland TV station, Channel 19 news.  This report is extremely well researched and presented by their reporter, Sara Goldenberg. 
This update is by far the most comprehensive report that I have seen that covers a wide range of issues with several links and photographs included. 
I encourage everyone to read the report and view the video. 
The personal stories are heartbreaking, but it is important to also take note of all of the problematic issues spotlighted; not the least of which is the lack of adequate laws in Ohio to preserve and protect cemeteries that are long overdue to be reviewed and improved.

Resthaven Memory Gardens is an active/registered cemetery.  

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Headstone cleaning, restoration classes scheduled at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

There are still openings to attend the NCPTT - Cemetery Preservation Workshop with Jason Church - Bardstown, Kentucky - June 14 and June 15, 2019

Hi everyone!
 RaShae Jennings:(502) 348-5947 ext. 2243 OR 
"There are still slots open! There will be breakfast and then a lecture Friday and then we will go to the cemetery for the rest of the day until 5." 

This Bardstown Cemetery Preservation Workshop was last held in 2017.  You can read more about it from this link.

The 2019 hands-on cemetery preservation workshop will once again be held at the Bardstown Cemetery, in Bardstown, Kentucky.    

"Cemetery Preservation Workshop"

June 14 - June 15, 2019

Bardstown, KY

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Cemetery Preservation Workshop
Bardstown, KY June 14-15, 2019
"This two-day hands-on workshop will focus on cemetery care and restoration. Jason Church will demonstrate techniques to clean, reset, and do simple repairs to stone grave markers. He will demonstrate setting a new base for a headstone that has been damaged and discuss the importance of cemetery care and how to conserve cemetery monuments."
To register for the workshops, contact.: 
Preservation Coordinator RaShae Jennings:(502) 348-5947 ext. 2243 or rjennings@bardstowncable.net
Space is limited, so register early!

"Located near the intersection of Hwy31E/North Third Street and Hwy 245 about 1 mile from the old Nelson County Courthouse. 
It lies East and adjacent to St Joseph Cemetery. It is divided into twenty-eight sections. 
It starts at the corner of Hwy 31E/North Third Street and Forrest Avenue and ends after the plots holding the Confederate Monuments to the Unknown. Those burials to the east of the dividing road are St Joseph Cemetery plots."

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Please continue standing strong against abrasively destructive practices on gravestones

Sharing this link to a story from Indiana. It is one we have to pay attention to because it impacts Ohio as well.
The use of the dreaded nyalox brushes rotating at high speeds on power drills over grave markers as seen in this story, continues in Ohio and the Midwest Region.
Truly, this is not a subject I wish to share or re-visit.
But, more importantly, I understand that it can't be swept under the carpet to hide and hope it dies a merciful death - because it won't - unless we keep sharing what we have learned and practice from the NCPTT.
Please know though that now more than ever, there are reputable and properly trained cemetery preservationists who do clean, repair, and reset grave markers, those who practice and adhere to the "Do No Harm" guidelines set forth by the NCPTT - National Center for Preservation, Technology, and Training of the NPS - National Park Service, would NEVER even think of using this abrasive and aggressive method to clean gravestones. And, neither should the rest of us who take it upon ourselves to clean our ancestors' grave markers.
Regardless of any claims that this type of work is "restoring the stone to its original condition", the NCPTT strongly disputes that based on their exhaustive studies and research.
Unfortunately, too many of Ohio's gravestones have already been subjected to being "nyaloxed"during hands-on workshops by anyone using these power tools. Some outfits have been hired to work on whole cemeteries in townships and villages across the Buckeye State.
Untold numbers of paying attendees to these workshops have gone out on their own to wield power tools applying strong pressure onto the surfaces of gravestones.
We owe it to ourselves, and the grave markers we might clean, to turn our attention to learning from the NCPTT itself.
Mary Striegel's blog post of July 24, 2014 - "Abrasive Cleaning of Grave Markers" is among the go-to resources for learning the truth about the destructiveness of using power tools on grave stones.
On December 12, 2016, the NCPTT published their "Preservation Brief #48" that has been another invaluable resource and teaching tool.
Excerpt from Preservation #48:
"The National Park Service released its latest preservation brief that focuses on the care and preservation of historic cemetery grave markers. Cemeteries across the nation reflect the customs and values of the community. As in past eras, people desire a way to show respect by caring for cemeteries. From rural graveyards to expansive urban cemeteries, there is a need for information on the best practices to preserve grave markers. NPS Preservation Brief #48, Preserving Grave Markers in Historic Cemeteries, hopes to fill that need. This brief provides guidance for owners, property managers, administrators, in-house maintenance staff, volunteers, and others in preserving and protecting grave markers."
Yes, preserving and protecting grave markers is a goal that is best accomplished with the least invasive methods possible.
Remembering that not every grave marker is stable and sound enough for cleaning.
So, before you pick up any soft bristle brush -- which is the only kind you would use -- please take the necessary time to evaluate the marker to determine if:
First, it truly needs cleaning and,
Second, ask yourself honestly is the grave marker stable enough to apply even the least amount of pressure to clean it.
Never attempt to do something you are unsure of -- and with any gravestone "Less is More" is a sound principle to keep in mind because many mistakes cannot be undone.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Bad things can happen to good trees -- But, as we know trees are not always good friends to cemeteries - The level of care for trees may tell us why.

This news article in our local "Sun Newspapers" caught my eye this morning.:
by Mr. John Palmer
 We have seen posts and comments on cemetery preservation websites and Facebook pages stating the need for adopting appropriate landscaping pratices that benefit the trees and the cemeteries. 
As we have come to learn, however, trees are not always friends to cemeteries and especially the gravestones that dot the cemetery landscape. 
There is a lot to learn!
Hopefully, this guest column will help us better understand how taking care of trees properly, and the importance of consulting with true experts in the field, will pay off in the long run for the trees to have and keep better health and longevity. This article is a good beginning for many of us to learn more about this subject.
Sharing from the Ohio Chapter International Society of Arboriculture in reply to a message sent to them about cemeteries and issues they can have with trees. 
These suggestions may not apply for every cemetery's particular situation or type of ownership, but the information is helpful to have on hand. :
"One recommendation is your local village or city and their tree commission. I am not an arborist but I serve on my village tree commission and we are heavily involved in the needs of the cemetery including pruning and planting. We are blessed that we also have an ISA Certified Arborist who volunteers on that committee. With larger cemeteries, you can sometimes find a local tree care company who will do the work for free or greatly reduced as a community service. You might want to check with some in your area. 
Additionally, I would encourage your readers to serve on their local tree commission. 
If they aren't sure if there is one, then they should contact the city or village administrative office."
Dixie Russell, Executive Director
 Link below to find an arborist in your area.:
(Photos above from Linda Jean Limes Ellis
June 21, 2014
Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain, Ohio
following a windstorm the day before.
Photo below from South Murray Ridge Cemetery
Lorain County, Ohio
June 1, 2016)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Berlin files rebuttal to cemetery ruling - Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware County, Ohio

 Sharing this latest report on the status of the Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware County, Ohio. 
We have been following the news of the many twists and turns as the process moves toward a permanent resolution to adopt a permanent owner for this active cemetery.

The  Cemetery Advocacy Group  - a closed Facebook Group, has been set up to address the ongoing issues affecting Fairview Memorial Park.