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House Bill 168 to Modify Ohio Cemetery Law will be on the Agenda for a Proponent Hearing on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by the Ohio Senate Finance Committee at 2:30PM in the Ohio Senate Finance Hearing Room

Source: House Bill 168 to Modify Ohio Cemetery Law will be on the Agenda for a Proponent Hearing on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by the Ohio Senate Finance Committee at 2:30PM in the Ohio Senate Finance Hearing Room

The hearing for proponent testimonies regarding HB 168 to modify cemetery law will be on Tuesday, January 30th at 2:30 PM in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.

Please see the information below for how to submit your written testimony on behalf of the passage of Ohio HB/SB 168 to Modify Cemetery Law and the witness form that needs to be completed and sent along with it to the email address provided in the communication, if you are not attending the event in person.

**** Note, if not attending in person — the proponent testimony deadline is Monday, January 29th by 2:30p.m., and testimony is submitted in writing to:

Allie Harris at her email address provided below.

Also, a completed witness slip needs to be emailed as well with the testimony as a proponent for HB 168.

A copy of a blank witness slip is provided below that can be completed, scanned, and attached in an email with a proponent testimony..:

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From:

Allie Harris
Legislative Aide
Ohio Senator Scott Oelslager | 29th District
The Ohio Statehouse
Allie.Harris@OhioSenate.gov
Phone: 614.466.0626

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“We will be hearing proponent testimony regarding HB 168 during committee on Tuesday, January 30th at 2:30 PM in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.


You are more than welcome to submit written testimony and/or present oral testimony in person during committee.

In case you would like to submit testimony, I’ve attached to this email a copy of the Finance Committee Witness Slip, which needs to be filled out and returned with your testimony.

If you wish to submit written testimony, it needs to be sent to me (allie.harris@ohiosenate.gov) by 2:30 PM on Monday, January 29th, along with the completed witness slip.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 614-466-0626, or email at allie.harris@ohiosenate.gov

I would be more than happy to walk you through the submission process if you need guidance, or if you have any questions regarding Finance Committee.”

Thanks,

Allie Harris
Legislative Aide
Ohio Senator Scott Oelslager | 29th District
The Ohio Statehouse
Allie.Harris@OhioSenate.gov
Phone: 614.466.0626

Summary (2017-11-15) Modify cemetery law [Refer to Committee: Finance]

Spotlighting the Ridgelawn Cemetery in Elyria, Ohio.

The photographs below are from my October 17, 2017 visit to Ridgelawn Cemetery in Elyria, Ohio

 It was my first visit, and one that was much overdue.  These are just a small sampling of the historic gravestones and monuments to be found at this early Ohio cemetery.  

The earliest burial that I found belongs to Nathaniel Porter who died in June (13th?) 1822.

  His “Find A Grave” memorial contains an extensive biographical write-up.  He was re-interred from another cemetery, however.  Links to memorials for his spouse and children are included with his memorial.  

A visitor can spend several splendid hours exploring Ridgelawn Cemetery in Elyria and easily become immersed in its landscape of amazing variety of trees among towering military monuments. One is topped with a soaring Eagle while another has a life-size Civil War soldier painted in appropriate Union Regimental colors. 

The 1820s – 1840s delicately carved grave markers there are indeed remarkable in their simplicity and not to be missed before you leave.  Several impressive mausoleums include those that are reminiscent of small sandstone houses! 

A visitor cannot help but be drawn to the grand wrought iron gated family plot of Heman Ely and his descendants.  


Ridgelawn Cemetery is a sacred place  where pioneer history awaits visitors who are fortunate enough to come and walk its grounds.

 

Find A Grave Changes Are a Coming!

A Heads up for those of us who are contributors and users of Find A Grave, which as most of us know by now, has been taken over by Ancestry.com!  More changes are to come with the Find A Grave website.

Click Here to read about upcoming changes for Find A Grave.  

Now might be a good time to go into your “Contributor Tools” and download your data.:

“Download Your Data”

“You can download your records for a cemetery or virtual cemetery by choosing it from the list below. The data will download as a tab-delimited Excel file. This format can be imported into a variety of programs. Add cemeteries to your My Cemeteries list to see them listed here.”

Just a tip:  I use a Windows 7 64bit desk top computer and when I downloaded a cemetery file it saved it to a .txt format instead of an Excel format.  I changed the .txt to a .xls and the file then opened up in Excel for me.  I could also re-save the .xls into a .xlsx file.  I still have Office 2007 on my computer.  So, if your downloaded cemeteries default to .txt this would be a workaround for you.

Couple indicted in cemetery scam

A Delaware County grand jury has indicted a Ravenna couple on charges of fraud related to cemetery services that were never delivered. The 54-count indictment filed Friday against Theodore Martin, 53, and Arminda Martin, 46, came after multiple victims complained last year about paying for grave markers, plots and vaults at Fairview Memorial Park in Lewis Center but never receiving services, said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien.

Source: Couple indicted in cemetery scam