The north and east end were backfilled and reseeded. We continued repairing and reseeding graves. Unfortunately, our lack of rain worked against getting new grass to grow, but the cemetery was sprayed for weeds and the plan is to continue that practice again this year. Four trees were cut down as we identify trees that are getting in bad shape. We would rather take them down in a controlled manner than to have limbs continuously falling down throughout the year, as they can do damage when falling. We continue to trim trees up as they become a problem when trying to mow. On the south side, the fence line was cleaned out and straightened up. We can now mow on both sides of that fence keeping it looking neat and weeds under control.
The statue of Mary that was by the northeast drive has been repainted by Carol Crichton (picture below) and is being kept inside the chapel until we come up with a new place for it in the cemetery. If you have input on where to place it, please let us know.
We also had a 24” drain tile extended to the south of where the center drive would go in the new section so we could have the ravine filled in. Several other low spots were also filled in as we make the northeast section more suitable for grave sites. If you have been past the cemetery along Walker Road lately you will have noticed that work being done. All of this dirt is from the project south of the High School, which was available to us at no charge so it made good sense to take advantage of it.
We continue to look for new volunteers for our mowing teams as we have people who are no longer able to help out. Some of these people have been helping for many years and we are very grateful for them and their years of service. We are also seeking volunteers that would be interested in helping to work on the two shrines that are in the southeast section to improve their appearance. It takes a lot of time and help to not only maintain the cemetery but to also improve its appearance. We all want the final resting place for our loved ones to be a beautiful place. If you are willing to help out please call the parish office or Ralph Pung.
Thanks and God Bless,
The Cemetery Committee
If you have a statue that you would like to have restored, please contact Carol Crichton at 989-307-5750.