NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - The Summer at Oakwood Photo Contest has ended with the announcement of the prize winners. Several of the entries are now on display at the Niagara Falls Public Library. The contest was sponsored by Tim and Barbara Maloney who taught a basic Photography class as part of Oakwood Cemetery's "Oakwood University". The top 3 winners were awarded cash prizes. Third place went to 9 year old Evan O'Connor. Second to Cynthia Jozwik-Burge. First prize went to Dawn Cody for her picture "Chained Door". Congratulations to all. Hopefully we can get copies of the pictures posted on the website. See the Summer at Oakwood Ceremony photos >>
NIAGARA FALLS, NY (Oakwood Cemetery) - The Board of Directors and Staff at Oakwood Cemetery would like to thank you for making the Angels of Oakwood E.B. Green designed Mausoleum Rededication such a huge success. We are so greatful to a giving community for coming together and helping us with our first big fundraiser. We were very honored to have Congressman Brian Higgins, Senator George Maziarz, Assemblyman Ceretto, and Mayor Paul Dyster attend our event and speak as well. Thank to our elected officials for recognizing the importance of the history here Oakwood. We also thank Chair persons Trudy Christman and Pete Ames. Without their long hours and dedication the evening would not have gone off as soothly as it did. We thank Nora Masters for her glorious touches in decorating and catering the Mausoleum. She transformed the space from what some might think is cold and scarey into a warm and inviting area to highlight our permanent residents. The evening was completed with a delicious dinner by Carolyn's House "Catering Crew" under a Falls Tent and Awning tent. Guests were transported by the Niagara Parks Trolley with abbreviated tours by Michelle and Jillian Kratts. Our grounds crew not only had to make the cemetery sparkle, but clean up from the devasting wind storm of two weeks previous. Special thanks to all the local volunteers who helped with that clean up as well. Overall, it was a memorable evening, and thanks again to all!
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!