Recognizing that many of our families are from out of the area and may not be familiar with the winter items that we offer, we've added a page to give an idea of what the items we offer look like. Pictures never seem to do them justice though. Hope it is helpful to those that can't see them in person.
Hope everyone has enjoyed summer, which is so soon coming to an end. Our fall cleanup, when we remove decorative items from the grounds and turn vases down for the winter, will be October 3rd this year as October 1st falls on the weekend. Please remove any items that you want to keep and not have removed for disposal. As soon as the cleanup has been completed (usually all on the one day), items can be replaced and winter items on easels are permitted. Vases can be turned back up for fall flower arrangements, but we caution families not to leave them up over the winter to avoid possible damage from equipment if they are not visible in the snow.
A sure sign that the fall season has arrived already . . .
We replaced a couple of flowering trees a few weeks ago. One was no longer healthy from age, but the other had been damaged by a deer in a previous fall season when the buck had rubbed his antlers on it to remove his velvet. Wouldn't you know it, one of the new trees became a rubbing for another young buck and had to be replaced a second time!
Memorial Day's weather was sure all that we could ask for! Things dried out in time to get everything done that was needed. The good weather also brought families out and they have placed many beautiful decorations on the grave markers.
We'd like to take this opportunity to remind those decorating graves that our policy is a maximum of three decorative items per marker. Any more than three, and we have to make the difficult decision as to what to remove. If something has been removed from a loved ones marker by us and you wish to retrieve it, stop in and we will locate it for you. We do not throw the items away until fall. (Each solar light does count as a decorative item.) Also, PLEASE do not place glass or other fragile items as they are a hazard to the mowers as well as to visitors if they get broken! Items can get pulled into the high-powered mowers as well as get bumped and broken.
Our thanks to all of those who took advantage of the pre-Memorial Day lot sale, and to all those who voiced kind words of appreciation for the job we do. Both are an encouragement to us and much appreciated!
Since Easter is so late this year, we are making an exception concerning spring items in place before our cleanup on April 18. If families wish to place spring flowers now, we will not remove them when we remove the winter items. You can still get your wreaths until Palm Sunday. Trust arrangements will still be placed around May 1 unless families notify us to place them earlier.
The pre-Memorial Day lot sale is in progress. Burial spaces are again priced at $395 each. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
The decision has been made to run our Pre-Memorial Day lot sale again this year. It has been popular for the last few years since it offers a very significant discount on the price of burial spaces. More details later. We'll have a notice in the paper before the spring cleanup (which is going to be rather late this year due to a late Palm Sunday).
Made it through another holiday season! We do get alot of wind and snow in Somerset County, so we've been doing our part to keep standing the wreaths and other items that have been placed for families. Since the ground is now frozen, the job has let up.
I've ordered the floral arrangements for this spring - a task I don't mind at all since they are all so beautiful and representative of the season coming! We're going to have some extra large florals (as well as the regular and large sizes we always have) this year to see if they are of interest to some of our families.
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