If you live in the general vicinity of Pickaway County, Ohio and are looking for a great volunteer opportunity at a cemetery that truly needs help, please consider joining others who are planning on conducting clean up work at the Floral Hills Memory Gardens.
Contact Connie Little – 740-418-3525 for more information.
Green Lawn Cemetery was vandalized for the second in five months.
Photograph courtesy of Scott Andersen
With Spring upon us and Summer on the horizon, we are reading about hands-on cemetery preservation (or cemetery restoration) workshops to be presented in Ohio and in neighboring states.
Please keep in mind that a workshop is only as worthwhile as the quality of the teaching by its instructor.
Gravestone cleaning methods always matter!
Below is a handy sheet to have on hand before attending a cemetery workshop that includes demonstrations and instructions on how to clean gravestones.
Remember that not every gravestone really needs to be cleaned in order to read its inscription!
Less is always more when it comes to gravestones.
***It is never appropriate or acceptable to use power tools on gravestones to clean them!**
“NCPTT does not advocate the use of power tools to clean headstones. The use of such tools can abrade and remove granules from weathered marble and limestone. We do not advocate grinding, re-lettering, or polishing headstones as this alters the original surface of the grave marker.
The company that makes Nyalox brushes compares their performance to wire brushes, which are much too harsh for a stone surface. Would you use a Nyalox brush on a power drill to clean the surface of your automobile? If not, then you would not use it to clean a grave marker.”
These abrasive brushes shown below are harmful to gravestone surfaces and have no place at a cemetery workshop no matter who the instructor is!
**Click Below to view and listen to the Youtube video**:
Listen to how this man is treated by Bluffton, Ohio Village councilman Warren at time 2:50 minutes in this excerpt of the Bluffton City Council meeting of March 21, 2016.
Ray was trying to get to the bottom of the runaround The Save Shannon Cemetery group has received for the last year by the Village of Bluffton Ohio, concerning the destruction of a cemetery his ancestors are buried in. After the village appointed a handpicked cemetery commission that unanimously voted to put the cemetery back as it was & in a state of preservation. The village is now playing political games of tabling & not tabling the recommendation & parts of it.
Tell Bluffton, Ohio’s elected officials what you think of their BS, lies, intimidation, & destructiveness.
Current Term Expires Dec. 31, 2017
2016 Committees: Utilities