Honoring our permanent residents in conjunction with
the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area
NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - Oakwood Cemetery and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area have partnered to honor some of our more Notable Citizens. This year’s winners were voted on by members of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area. The unveiling of the 4 winning citizens will take place Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 10am at the Cemetery. The markers will be revealed at each gravesite.
NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - Spring is here! Home gardeners are anxiously awaiting the time to plant flowers and vegetables. While it’s a little too early to plant because the danger of frost and cold ground temperatures can take a toll on new annual plantings, it’s a perfect time to test your garden soil.
The Oakwood Cemetery Garden and Landscape Committee invites you to a hands-on garden workshop to test your garden soil for acidity, or pH. The free, “Soil Testing Workshop” takes place on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10 AM to Noon at Oakwood Cemetery, 763 Portage Rd., Niagara Falls, NY 14301. Free on-site parking is available.
Participants are asked to bring a soil sample from the garden bed where they wish to plant. Using a shovel, dig down about 6 inches and take about a tablespoon of soil from 4 – 5 sites in the garden. Mix the soil in a baggie and be sure the soil is dry. Label the bag with your name and the usual plants grown in this site such as: annual flowers (lasting only one year), perennials (lasting multiple years), or vegetables. Bring the baggie with you for testing.
Master Gardeners and other skilled gardeners will assist you with your soil test and answer questions about your garden.
For more information, please call the Oakwood Cemetery office: (716) 284-5131 or go to: www.myoakwoodcemetery.com.
Niagara’s History is at Oakwood.
Oakwood Cemetery is pleased to congratulate our good friend, Michelle Kratts on being named the City Historian of Niagara Falls, NY by Mayor Paul Dyster. Michelle follows in some mighty footsteps of previous Historians and will be a great ambassador for the City's stories.
Michelle is a local author and has been involved with several publications, including "The Missed", "Haunted, True Tales of Niagara", "Buon Appetito" a book of Italian American restaurateurs in Niagara Falls, NY along with recipes. Kratts writes for the prestigious Western New York Heritage Magazine. She has also written extensively for the Oakwood Cemetery's website and her works are consistently the top articles read on our site. Michelle's passion for finding the full story will be a great asset for the city. As an author and genealogist, Michelle can take a shred of evidence and track it down, finding all the facts, then turn it into an item of interest for the general public.
Kratts, just recently was awarded a Masters Degree in Library Science and is a librarian/genealogist at the Lewiston Public Library. She lives in Niagara Falls, NY with her husband and 3 children and several assorted animals.