Poor maintenance practices plague Lorain’s Elmwood Cemetery – Lorain, Ohio

Below is the related Lorain “MorningJournal” News Story;

“Lorain cemetery grounds-keeping raises concerns”

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These photographs below were taken on August 12, 2018 at Elmwood Cemetery in Lorain.  They illustrate maintenance practices that are causing clumps of thick dead grass to stick to the stones and dry in the hot sun; making it difficult to remove the clumps from the stone.  

I think most folks would consider this an unsightly mess and disrespectful to the deceased.  This situation means that family members must clean off the dried up clumps from their family’s markers and monuments.  What about the markers and monuments where there is no family to handle this situation?  Will the cemetery groundskeepers come back to remove the thick clumps from the surface?  We just don’t know at this point.  

Sadly, this is the worst Elmwood Cemetery has looked since I have been visiting it for over 20 years.  

 

 

 

 

This last photo above illustrates where part of the problem lies.

Taking too long between trimmings.  

Allowing gravemarkers

to become too overgrown means taking too aggressive

of an approach to remove the grass/weeds around them. 

As we can easily see here; it has been awhile since there has been any trimming around this flat marker.  

Thankfully, there is no dead grass/weeds covering it; but live grass/weeds are covering over and around it to the point eventually it may no longer be seen. 

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Remembering my mother on Mother’s Day 2018 – Virginia (Zagorsky) Limes

Sharing some favorite photographs I have of my mother.

Sharing Photos of Grave Markers and Monuments that Stand Along the Main Roadway at Section 6 at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio

Sharing various photographs taken February 14, 2018 at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio. 

These monuments and markers seen in the photographs are at or near the cemetery’s main roadway in Section 6 which leads up to the cemetery’s exit.  

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Of particular note regarding some of the older monuments, and smaller size markers, is that the ceramic photographs are missing from the insets placed for them on the stone.  I don’t know if there was vandalism that caused their removal or another reason, but it is something to make one wonder about.  Otherwise, the angel topped monuments seem to be intact, which is indeed good news!  

It can be noted also that some of the angels are praying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lorain’s Lighthouse will Reach the Milestone of its 100th Birthday on June 30, 2017 — Thanking All of Those who have Worked to Save and Preserve it!

Lorain, Ohio is my hometown, and I lived there until 1981 when I moved about 40 miles to the East.  I still visit Lorain, but now most of the time it is to visit Elmwood Cemetery and Calvary Cemetery which sit across the street from each other.  That is because so many of my family members from both my father’s and mother’s side are buried in these cemeteries.  

I was fortunate to have lived my childhood on Lorain’s East Side.  We were only about a block away from the grand bascule bridge that spans the Black River.  It opened in 1940, which was a “bit before my time.”  I have walked over it several times in my life to go downtown or to Lorain High School.  On the western end of the bascule bridge, which is the Charles Berry Bascule Bridge , is the “Broadway Building.”  It is sadly, however, a deteriorating building now and its fate is in jeopardy.  But it is still standing and is considered to be the anchor building on Lorain’s downtown street.  

Lorain has several unique landmarks: the Palace Theater, Lakeview Park, and the harbor’s “Jewel of the Port”, the historic Lorain Lighthouse which will turn 100 years old on June 30th, 2017; and remains one of Lorain’s most recognizable landmarks.  

I want to take this opportunity to personally thank all of the individuals and organizations that have volunteered and worked to help keep the Lorain Lighthouse in good repair.  Thanks to them it still stands straight and tall on the end of the long jagged rock pier that for so long has supported it.  

I hold dear my early connections with Lorain’s Lighthouse both through sight and sound.  I feel now is an appropriate time to share my memories with others.  

Back in July of 1965, when I was a 17 year old teenager, I gathered up my courage to send a letter to the Lorain Journal when I learned that the beloved Lorain Lighthouse might be demolished.  

My parents, Harry and Virginia (Zagorsky) Limes, had also encouraged me to write how I felt about the long time landmark Lorain Lighthouse that was part of our lives in a special way.  You see it was a constant companion for us while out Perch fishing in our small outboard motor boat on Lake Erie, anchored just outside the harbor and in front of this beautiful beacon of light — which also had I swear had the world’s loudest foghorn that chased us away when the fog rolled in!  We could even hear that foghorn from our house on Arizona and East Erie Avenues.  

So, I wrote out all of my hopes and fears for the Lorain Lighthouse and sent in my letter with a quiet prayer that Lord willing it would be good enough to print. 

So, as you can imagine I was quite pleased on July 20th when I opened up and read the Lorain Journal newspaper and saw that, indeed, my letter to the editor was published!  I remember well my agonizing over every word I chose or re-wrote but now I realize that I made an error; so I must admit to it!  When I composed my letter the age of the Lorain Lighthouse was 48 years and not 56 years like I had thought.  I cannot remember now, but I’m sure there must have been a good reason why I thought the lighthouse was built earlier than it actually was.  So, I hope I can be forgiven for my mistake.   It was my overriding hope that my letter would add a strong show of support from my parents and me for fighting to save the lighthouse; and I feel it accomplished that.  Fortunately, many folks stepped up in those early years and later others carried on with their efforts that continue today.  

Now, I can hardly believe it has been 52 since I wrote what was my first letter to a newspaper, but I’ve always been glad that I did. The experience gave me enough confidence to keep writing.  

Happy Birthday Lorain Lighthouse!  If my parents were here they would extend their birthday day wishes for you to stand another 100 years; or longer.        

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Lorain Lighthouse photographs and artifacts from my collection: 

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