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Beautify Niagara - “Beautify Oakwood"

Saturday, May 3, 2014           10 AM - Noon

Registration:  716-284-5131


As part of the Niagara Beautification Commission Event:  “Beautify Niagara”,


Volunteers - individuals and groups - are needed to help with the Spring

Clean-sweep of the historically beautiful Oakwood Cemetery.


Trash Bags and gloves provided.     Refreshments available.


This walk is for the birds!

Copyrighted photo by Dave RobinsonNIAGARA FALLS, NY  (Oakwood Cemetery) - “For the first time, the historic Oakwood Cemetery, located at 763 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, will host two bird walks. They are scheduled for consecutive Saturdays, April 26 and May 3, at 8 a.m.

Participants should gather at the Oakwood Cemetery office by 7:45 a.m. with binoculars, if possible. Each attendee will receive a free, annotated checklist: "Birds of the Niagara River Region of Western New York."

The "walk" through the cemetery will take between 60 and 90 minutes. It is free and open to the public. Free parking is also available. No prior registration is required.

The Oakwood Cemetery bird walk will be led by Whitney Mallam, a lifelong birder and president of the Oakwood Cemetery Association.

Oakwood Cemetery has 378 trees and bushes and is a known habitat for the spring migration of birds along the Atlantic Flyway.


Barbara Maloney

Oakwood Cemetery is deeply saddened to announce the loss of our good friend Barb Maloney. A lot of the pictures of the cemetery seen here on Facebook and on our website were taken by Barb and her husband Tim. Barb's talent, and quiet, gentle nature will be missed by all that knew her. Our sympathy is with Tim and Barb's family and friends, please keep them in your thoughts.


March 27, 2014

Barbara Maloney

NIAGARA FALLS — Barbara Maloney, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Mt. St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, NY. She was born in Lawrence, MA, on July 11, 1947, the daughter of the late Raymond and Elaine (Ryan) Bennert.

Barbara attended grade school in Washington, D.C., graduated from Niagara Wheatfield High School and attended business school. She was employed with Kittinger Furniture in Buffalo, NY, as a procurement manager for NAPA and a press operator at Moore Business Forms for 16 years. Barbara was a professional photographer and videographer.
She  volunteered at Mt. St. Mary's Hospital, the  Retired Senior Volunteer Progarm, the NACC, with the City of Niagara Falls and Oakwood Cemetery. Barbara was a Eucharistic Minister and actively involved at St. Mary's Church. She was fond of photographing people and nature and made floral arrangements year round. Barbara had a great devotion to Our Lady of Fatima and loved her pets and plants.
She is survived by her husband, Timothy A. Maloney; two brothers, Michael (Jean) Bennert of Carson City, NV and Brian (Annette) Bennert of Lewiston, NY; a sister, Christine Davidson of Hanover, MA. She was the aunt of  John Bielec, Jr. of Niagara Falls, NY, Nathan (Angela) Bennert of Drexel, PA, Matthew (Jodie) Bennert of Lackawanna, NY, Julia Bennert of Lewiston, NY, Cory Davidson and Jesse Davidson, both of Hanover, MA, Deirdre (Jeffrey) Schneider of San Diego, CA, Maryl (Alan) Badenko of Clarence, NY, Elissa (David) Gwina of New York City and Carrie (Michael) Logar of Grand Island, NY; also six grandnieces and two grandnephews.
The family will be present on Monday from 4-8 PM at the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 1124 Ontario Avenue, NIAGARA  FALLS, NY. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday at 9:30 AM at  St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 259 Fourth Street, Niagara Falls, NY with the Rev. Jacek P. Mazur officiating. Memorials may be made in her name to St. Mary's Church.
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Happy Birthday Homan!

The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: Book Launch and Family Day from Nick Solly on Vimeo.


March 24th is Homan Walsh's Birthday!  Homan was the young man who's kite string became the first line across the Niagara Gorge which became the first bridge that tied our two countries together.  The video is from Alexis O'Neill's book launch last summer.  Her book "The Kite that Bridged Two Nations" has become very popular with young readers.  Homan is a very real character, pulling off an extraordinary feat for a young man.


Harry Oakwood? Quite possibly!

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - Well, at least for a visit.  Research done by "Kratts Korner" writer/researcher Michelle Kratts has led a well known Houdini expert to blog about the new info on his website.  John Cox is one of the country's leading archivists on all things Houdini.  He maintains a website called "Wild About Harry".  Michelle Kratts contacted John about her latest Houdini discover, and it was a piece of information that John had not heard yet.  Uncover the latest Houdini info and it's ties to Oakwood Cemetery in his current article.