The Memorial Day Cemetery cleanup has occurred. A special thank you to Jane and Vicki for helping Denny and me in this task. Due to the weather, we started a bit earlier than anticipated, but completed the job before it got too hot! Also, thank you to all of you who came out and picked up your decorations prior to our cleanup. All decorations may now stay in place until the first non-rainy Saturday in October. Remember to always keep the mowing lanes clear of any decorations.
How can I help?
I get asked this question all the time. The best way to help keep your cemetery beautiful is to always be on the lookout for garbage or fallen branches/twigs. If you are visiting the cemetery and happen to see trash, branches, twigs or expired decorations, feel free to pick them up and place them in the garbage can next to the trash enclosure. Also, if you are feeling really ambitious, feel free to throw a hose in your car and water any properties where you see the ground has been recently prepared. We have a LOT of them, and it is hard for me to keep up with them all. A Watering Brigade would be wonderful!!!!
Dates to remember:
Saturday, July 10, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. Cemetery Walk. This event will focus on our Monument Restoration Program and the importance of us maintaining these pieces of art history. We will discuss the history (that we know) of some of our older residents as well as point out the restoration process we would like to incur, how it is done and how we will pay for this. We encourage any family or friends that have stories of our older residents to come and participate in this walking tour. We will start at the George Boyd Memorial Chapel and proceed from there. All are invited to attend.
Saturday, July 24, 2021 – 9:00 a.m. – Monument Cleaning Workshop. This workshop will show how to properly clean a headstone without damaging the product. I will work on a few headstones to show the process and give a tour of some stones that have previously been completed. We will talk about organizing a Headstone Cleaning group if there is any interest. We will start in the George Boyd Memorial Chapel. All are invited to attend.
Saturday, August 14, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. – Annual Meeting. This is our annual business meeting and election of officers. We will provide a State of the Cemetery Report as well as have guest speakers from our Investments Companies and from Solace House, A Community Center for Grief and Healing. This is held in front of the George Boyd Memorial Chapel. All owners are invited to attend.
Monument Restoration Program
We are gratified at the wonderful response that we have received for our newly established Pleasant Valley Cemetery Monument Restoration Program. Your generosity and care for the preservation of our Cemetery are heartwarming and all donations are greatly appreciated. Remember, the CARES Act has made it easier than ever to support Pleasant Valley Cemetery and save on your 2020 taxes.
- Don’t itemize? Don’t worry! Everybody can deduct up to $300 in donations made to qualified charities like Pleasant Valley Cemetery in 2020.
- And if you don’t itemize, you can give even more. Your charitable deduction can be up to 100% of your Adjusted Gross Income.
Pleasant Valley Cemetery does not render tax or legal advice. Please consult your tax professional or financial advisor for your specific situation.
This will probably be my last communication to you in 2020. I would like to thank so many of you for your dedication, concern, assistance, suggestions and financial support during the past year. It is because of you that we can remain one of the best cemeteries in the area.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!
The cemetery can be extremely windy all year long, but particularly in the winter. If you put out decorations or arrangements, please make sure that they are securely fastened so they don’t get blown away. If we find arrangements within the cemetery, we have no idea where they came from and we don’t want to randomly place them on a nearby grave because if the original owner would see their arrangement moved to another grave, they would think it was deliberate. Unfortunately, we just discard them.
How Can I Help?
I get asked that question a lot and always appreciate being asked. My response always is that anytime you visit the cemetery, bring a small plastic bag with you and pick up any sticks or other trash you see around your immediate area. Also, if you are feeling particularly ambitious and it is a nice day, pick one or our many trees and rake around it. I am amazed how many small twigs and branches litter the ground underneath the older trees. We have a trash bin at the south end of the cemetery and bigger items can be placed behind the enclosure and we’ll dispose of it later. Additionally, if you have a small broom, you can always sweep off the monument headstones in your immediate area.
Every little bit helps us out tremendously. No set times or schedule just do as little or as much as you can whenever you can. We sincerely appreciate all the help that we can get.
Cleaning of Headstones
Some of you have expressed an interest in how to clean your headstone/monuments. While the monuments are stone or granite, you still need to exercise some degree of caution. The best and easiest method is to use a mixture of 50% water and 50% White Vinegar. On lime stone, you should use a mixture of 75% water and 25th White Vinegar. Best to wet the monument first and then use a soft bristle brush, either natural or synthetic and clean from the bottom up to the top in small circular motions. Do not bleach! Use lots of water. If you need a hose put out for this project, please let us know and we’ll make sure they are nearby. They clean up very nicely and will look great for a long time. Well worth the effort!