CHAMPLAIN - One group has joined together to help cover the operating expenses for a local cemetery like a blanket - or, more to the point, like a quilt.
Trudy Burger of Chazy met with several women from the Northern Tier over the winter months to create a queen-size quilt as a fundraiser for the Glenwood Cemetery Association. Burger said she learned the nondenominational cemeter - located on Oak Street in the village of Champlain - is not cared for by a church as is the case with many other cemeteries and that funding for regular maintenance and upkeep of the grounds is limited.
"Our little group likes to get together to do things for charity and we thought this would be a great opportunity to do something in our backyard," said Burger.
Burger joined friends Cathie Davenport, Gina Doty, Jane Emerson, Sherry Jubert, Ann Maynard and Sheryl Patch in machine-piecing the quilt, she explained. Friend Carole Meier then machine-quilted the creation. In all, Burger estimated the women put 850 hours of combined labor into the quilt.
That dedication was driven by each woman's appreciation for the Glenwood Cemetery, she said.
"It's such a beautiful place. There's so much history in terms of the families who are interred there," said Burger. "This is just our way of doing something that benefits our community. This project has made us feel very good."
Marshall E. Maynard, president of the Glenwood Cemetery Association board of directors, said it was a pleasant surprise to learn the ladies were interested in helping the association in such a way.
"We're always short of money. We simply take in less than we have to spend," said Maynard. "I was very happy when they told me they were doing this quilt for us."
The group has begun selling raffle tickets for the quilt, to which the community has already begun to give an overwhelming response, she said.
"We initially had 500 tickets printed," said Burger. "We ended up having to print more because we ran out."
Raffle tickets are being sold through the month of October and may be purchased for $5 each or in books of six for $25, with all proceeds benefiting the cemetery association. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Burger at 846-3255, Maynard at 846-7561, Jean Yakey at 298-5161, Mary Gordon at 236-5682, or Beverly Maynard at 298-3813 or 846-7390.
The exact date of the drawing has yet to be finalized, but will be published in an upcoming edition of the North Countryman.