NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - A special thank you goes out to all the volunteers who showed up to clear the cemetery of the brush left by Friday's storm. We had Funeral Directors, Folks from the Boys and Girls Club, neighbors, and family members of residence all come to our aid, and we are very humbled. Thank you also to the television media who showed up to help get the word out. The cemetery is still looking for a wood chipper and dump truck to help clear the brush from the side of the road. Any local businesses looking to help may call the cemetery office at 716.284.5131 Thank you again to all!
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NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - A big thank you goes out to all who attended and all who made our portion of the 2013 Garden Walk such a great success! The morning Tree Walk was very informative as ususal. John Farfaglia from the Cornell Cooperative Extension does such a great job explaining our trees. At 10 we had the honor of receiving one of the only copies in Western New York, if not the country, a Medal of Honor to display in our office. Sgt. LeRoy Williams would be proud to know that his Medal has been given such due respect. Warren Baltes, Historian of the Connecticut Street Armory donated to medal to Oakwood and we can't thank him enough. Mayor Paul Dyster in turn presented a pin of the Key to the City of Niagara Falls for all his volunteerism with cemetery. Finally our Street Tour was very well attended and all enjoyed seeing the final resting places of some of the city's more notable residents. A special thanks goes out to Giselle LaDouceur for tending our gardens and to our grounds crew (John Wilson, Mike Salazar and Shane Sayer) for putting an extra special polish on everything to make the place look so great.
Finally, thanks to those who sponsored Wreaths for the Wreaths Across America program this coming December. The Central Niagara County Rotary were kind enough to offer us a booth at the Olde Sanborn Days. The event was well attended and several wreath were sponsored. We are trying to get a wreath for each of our 650 Veterans!
NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - Tickets to the 100th Anniversary Re-dedication of the E.B. Green designed Mausoleum are flying out the gates as "Angels" buy them up. The August 3rd event is approaching fast as well. Event Chairman Pete Ames said, "We are very pleased with the response so far. Unfortunately, we had to limit the number of tickets due to the logistics of the event. There are tickets left, but they are moving quick".
The evening includes a Re-dedication Ceremony out at the Mausoleum with wine and hors d'oevres. A tented candle lit dinner will be held in the front of the cemetery. Trolleys from the New York State Parks will transport "Angels" to and from the areas. A brief tour will be given along the way.
Mr. Ames says, "This promises to be a special evening for any lover of history or architecture, or Niagara Falls. We are looking forward to showing off our historical cemetery".