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In August, during one of the strongest thunderstorms of the summer, a massive ash tree came down in Glenwood Cemetery. It damaged two older stones, cracked a foot-thick piece of granite curbing on an elevated lot, and made a huge mess to clean up. Thanks to Hjelm Construction for use of their backhoe and Charles Pernaa for use of his chainsaw (ours were too small for some parts of this tree!) Also thanks to Bob Higgins-Steele who happened to have some white marble epoxy in his shop that he donated to repair the damaged stones. Bob also counted 150+ rings in the tree while he was visiting so this tree had probably been here since Glenwood went in to use.

We now have water in the new section of Glenwood Cemetery. Lines were pulled by James Hargraves, who is a regional representative for the Ditch-Witch company. During this demonstration he pulled 300+ feet of water line in under an hour! Many thanks to James and the Ditch-Witch company.

In the last year the cemeteries have also begun doing burials and headstone foundations “in-house”. In the past, these tasks were performed by a “burial agent” who retained the total fees for the opening and closing of graves and the setting of foundations. Now, when time and conditions allow, the cemetery crew performs these tasks allowing a large part of the fee to be retained for cemetery improvements and maintenance.

This season the commission hopes to accomplish a few large projects in addition to the regular maintenance. The road leading into Glenwood from Main Street. is in need of attention, many of the avenues inside Glenwood still need re-grading and the new section needs avenues installed. We also hope to begin enacting many of the recommendations of the Ashby Cemeteries Handbook mentioned above. We also have a maintenance position available for the coming season: interested parties should contact the commission for details.

The commission would like to thank the following people for their help and service: James Porter, Andrew Theobauld, M.P.’s Lawn and Landscape and anyone we may have forgotten. Your interest and involvement has been greatly appreciated.

Respectfully submitted,

Daniel Harju

Mark Tiilikkala

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