CROWN POINT - On Wednesday, Sept. 30, the friends and members of the Forestdale Cemetery Association met at the Crown Point fire department for its annual meeting.
The meeting highlighted the activities of the year just past which included repairs to the access roads, brush removal as well as an incident of vandalism resulting in the loss of a large flowerpot. The association also noted the excellent up-keep of the cemetery property by the groundskeeper, Gary Combs.
Members of the association outlined the year ahead. The membership is looking for donations to place memorial benches as well as a Memorial Brick Walkway. They also plan to construct a maintenance shed for the storage of their lawn machinery.
The association is looking to purchase a newer lawn tractor to replace the current tractor that has served well for the past few years.
The Cemetery Association, which is a privately funded non-profit agency, is totally dependent upon individual donations for it's maintenance and upkeep. The association will be planning a fund raising event in the future that will help with the necessary day-to-day operations, maintenance and special projects.
Currently, the Cemetery Association is limited to drawing the interest from several small, invested accounts.
"Maintaining this beautiful Park is time consuming and costly," said Mr. Hirtle, the association president. "Under State Law, abandoned Cemetery's are absorbed by local municipalities who often struggle to maintain their own properties."
"Forestdale is a beautiful, historic legacy that it's members and the community should be proud of." Hirtle said. "Our goal is to keep the trust of our ancestors and families who are buried here!"
During the Associations annual meeting, a fresh slate of board of directors was elected from the friends and members of the association. The new slate is as follows: President-David Hirtle; Vice President-Kay Gunnison; Secretary-David Carr; Treasurer-Patricia Knapp; Assistant Treasurer-Gregg Trask and the Association/Cemetery Contact is "Bud" Putnam. Additional Members of the board of directors include Barbara French, Lorraine Dudley and Penny Carr.
The Association can be contacted by either calling David Carr at 597-4664 or by mail at Forestdale Cemetery Association, PO Box 382, Crown Point, NY 12928.