The Forest Dale Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 9 a.m. at the Crown Point fire house.
“Friends and members of Forest Dale Cemetery Association will reflect on a busy year just past,” said the Rev. David Hirtle of the association. “In a year that saw torrents of water running through the park, during both the spring rains and run-off as well as the effects of Hurricane Irene, the schedules and maintenance have had to be adapted to and challenging.
“The Memorial Day service, which annually highlights the many famous burial sites as well as providing a time for the community to come forward and decorate their loved ones memorials, was moved from the traditional area of the Hammond Circle to the front lawn,” he said. “This change of venue helped to avoid areas where the flow of water and mud was almost overwhelming.”
Because of the rain, regular maintenance has been sporadic at best in the park.
“The struggle to keep the access road in good repair as well as the keeping the lawn mowed and sites maintained and free of debris were difficult at best,” Hirtle said. “The association wishes to thank Robin Knapp and friends for their diligence in maintaining the access road during this difficult period. On several occasions, Robin has had to resurface sections of the road following heavy rain and run-off.”
Hirtle also thanked Gary Comes and his family for maintaining the appearance of the park.
The association will look to the future at the annual meeting.
“As this year ends and next year dawns, the board will once again hope to proceed with a previous year’s decision to move ahead with plans for a memorial park using etched bricks that would bear the names of those wishing to further memorialize the names of friends and loved ones will be high on the priority list,” Hirtle said.
The association will also seek donations for granite benches to place in the area and beyond.
Donations for the memorial park bricks and benches as well as questions can be addressed to Forest Dale Cemetery Association, PO Box 382, Crown Point 12928.
“The association welcomes all donations for it’s day-to-day operation,” Hirtle said. “The contributions made to Forest Dale in the 1800s through the 1900s, when translated into today’s dollars do not stretch as far as they once did. The association encourages all its user families to consider an annual donation to ensure the ongoing upkeep of our beautiful cemetery.
“With the leadership of the board of directors and the assistance of many Forest Dale Cemetery friends, a bright future is anticipated,” he said.