The Town Cemetery Committee met at 6:00 PM, October 28, 2008, in the Town office.
In attendance were committee members, Ellen Richardson, chairperson, Terry Howard and Gary Turnquist. Also present were Town Manager, Rob Ritter, Ruth Lane and Judy Howard.
The date of November 22nd, was chosen for our yearly cemetery clean up day. After discussion of various needy sites, the committee decided to revisit the Whealton, Lewis, Clayville Cemetery behind the High School, at the end of Daisey street. This was the location of the first cemetery clean-up day in November of 2000; over the past eight years the location has regrown, and is in need of clearing again. This cemetery is important because it contains the remains of Hallie Whealton Smiths’ parents, as well as some of the earliest Clayville inhabitants on the Island.
Our fundraising requests have produced $1400. in donations; we are very grateful to the civic organizations, businesses and individuals that have contributed so far.
Mrs. Richardson proposed a small photo display for the Heritage Day presentation at the Community Center on November 15th, outlining some of the clean-up work we have done over the past eight years, and advertising our upcoming clean-up on the 22nd.
Mr. Turnquist discussed the cemetery Decoration Day initiative, set for Sunday, November 2nd. Townspeople are asked to honor family, or those who have past before us, by placing flowers on headstones in any of our town cemeteries.
The meeting adjourned at 6:55. Our next meeting will be in the field on Nov. 22.
Submitted by Gary Turnquist
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