We need a neater place to rest

To the Editor:

Today we visited two of the cemeteries in the Hilltowns.  First we stopped in Knox where my grandparents and great-grandparents are buried, plus other relatives. The cemetery was in great shape and had recently been mowed.  I want to thank Roger and Lou for all their work, plus anyone else who has helped.

From there we went to Woodlawn Cemetery in Berne. This is where my parents, grandparents, and probably where my husband and I will have our final resting place.  I do believe that this cemetery has not been mowed since before Memorial Day.  Now, would you let your lawn grow for over three weeks before mowing it? 

I think the people who are in charge of this cemetery should make visits to check on its condition.  I believe most of you visit the local trash/recycle area every week, which is just across the road. 

If the people who are in charge of mowing can no longer handle this job, maybe we should advertise for someone else to do the job.  There must be someone out there who would take on this job if they knew that a position was available.

Come on Berne, let's get out there and show people like me that you can take care of those people who no longer can take care of themselves.  We will all be there some day and we need a neater place to rest.

Doris Stevens White
Leesburg, Florida

Editor’s note: This letter was received on June 23.

Jay Becker, a Woodlawn Cemetery board member, said that rainy conditions made the grass grow fast this spring and he apologized for the delay. The cemetery has since been mowed, Becker said, adding, “Many other patrons would say it has been kept up very well for many years; just a couple of weeks there, grass was growing faster than we can keep up.”

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