2011.06.02 Jason Ferguson: Hard work makes cemetery beautiful

Written by David Green.

The cemetery’s appearance on Memorial Day is a culmination of much hard work, and the cooperation and dedication of many individuals every year. This year proves no different, and I have many people to thank.

First, my appreciation to the voters and taxpayers of the village and township, who renewed our levy again this year, who supply us with the resources necessary to sustain our level of service; to the cemetery staff, who respectfully maintain the grounds on a daily basis; to the Legion members who create the amazing view by decorating the veteran graves with flags; to Ruth Marlatt and her donation of plaques honoring Civil War veterans; to our local 4-H groups and advisors who help put the finishing touches on the grounds Friday by cleaning stones and sweeping grass; and also to the many people in the community who came out on their own will Sunday night and helped cut and pick up the numerous fallen branches following the storm.

One other thing to mention is the demolition last summer of the old maintenance building. Several individuals donated their time and equipment, especially Dick Martin, Bill McKinney and Trevor Hibbard. It was pleasing to not see that deteriorating building in the background of the services Monday.

Fayette is blessed with a beautiful cemetery, and I am proud to be among so many people who graciously help preserve its splendor.

– Jason Ferguson, Sexton

Pleasant View Union Cemetery

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