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Saturday
Aug112012

Is Oakwood Haunted?

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) -  Judy Boratyn came from out of town to visit Oakwood Cemetery.  While here she took pictures of some of the unique stones we have in the cemetery.  When she looked at the pictures, she found things in the photos that she says weren't here when she took them.  You be the judge.  Very interesting.  Click the picture to the left to see the others.

If you have an unexplained photo taken at Oakwood Cemetery post it on our FaceBook page.  The experts at NF Paranormal would be interested in seeing what you have.

Saturday
Aug042012

Eagle Scout candidate helps locate Oakwood Veterans

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - John Goodnick is taking on a monumental task.  It's his goal to mark all the veteran's graves in Oakwood Cemetery.  John decided to take this on as part of his project to become an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.  He and a crew of 10 to 15 volunteers were out in the heat on Saturday, August 4, 2012 marking each known veteran with a yellow flag.  

Oakwood is proud to partner with area youth trying to make a difference in their community.  This past year Chelsea Coates and Lauren Devantier chose Oakwood when they were looking for a Gold Award project.  They acheived their goal last Fall, and the cemetery is all the better for it.

A big thank you goes out to John and his crew as he is on his toward his Eagle Scout status.

Monday
Jul232012

CSI: Cemetery Stone Investigation

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - Our chief investigative team in on the case once again.  This time they have a cold case from the mid 1800's.  The mission: find the memorial markers of Asenath, Celinda and Angeline Whitney.  They are famous for having the outer islands at Goat Island named after them, as in the Three Sister Islands.  There is also a "Little Brother" Island named after Solon Whitney.  His grave is in Oakwood as well.  Will our intrepid investigators complete their task and find all four stones?  Read the latest installment of Kratts Korner to find out!

Friday
Jul132012

Major General Peter B. Porter to be honored

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - Major General Peter B. Porter is to be honored once again for his service to the country.  A bronze version of the Congressional Gold Medal will be presented to Oakwood Cemetery by Warren Baltes, the Historian for the Connecticut Street Armory in Buffalo.  Mr Baltes started doing research on the General simply because of the name.  The Connecticut Street Armory is located near Porter Avenue in Buffalo, there was also a Fort Porter located in the area, but it was torn down in the 1920's to make way for the construction of the Peace Bridge.  (Both the Avenue and the Fort were named after the General) In his research, Mr Baltes found that General Porter had been presented the Congressional Gold Medal.  Only 230 or so of the medals have been awarded by Congress, the first going to President George Washington.  

Click here for a complete list of recipients

When a Gold Medal is struck by the US Mint, bronze versions are created for family and dignitaries.  These versions have become collectors items.  Cemetery Administrator, Laurence G. Steele said, "Oakwood Cemetery is deeply honored that Warren would not only take the time to research one of our residents, but then purchase and donate a version of the medal to us."

The ceremony takes place just before the Stunters Tour on Saturday, July 14 and 9am.  Several area dignitaries have been invited to attend.   

Tuesday
Jun262012

Oakwood Opportunities

NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - Oakwood Cemetery has a spot for you, no matter what your talent might be.  Please check out our Volunteer section, and find something that interests you.  Get in on the ground floor to help bring Oakwood back to top of Western New York's mind.  Jobs are varied, some require little work, some require a lot.  Whatever you can handle, Oakwood has a volunteer position for you.  Click on our Volunteer page to read more!