Cassadaga Cemetery Association Holds Annual Meeting | News, Sports, Jobs
CASSADAGA – The Cassadaga Cemetery Association recently held the annual meeting with officers and administrators in the village’s Jefferson Hall.
President Scott Dibble welcomed everyone to the meeting and led the group in prayer. John Sipos, village historian, led everyone in the pledge of allegiance and reminded members that Flag Day will soon be here. The fiscal year of the association of cemeteries is from May 1, 2020 to April 30, 2021.
Cassadaga cemetery dates back to 1817, and this marks the 204th year. The cemetery is located at the western end of the old village boundary next to another village formerly known as Burnhams. Burnhams had its own post office, which was once located in one of the buildings of Fredrickson Builders Supply. Burnahms dissolved in December 1942 and became part of the village of Cassadaga. The village boundary was then extended further west to the edge of Stockton Hill, Sipos said.
Cassadaga Cemetery is accessible from Maple Avenue and is divided into five sections marked A, B, C, D and E. Section E is the most recent section further back.
The secretary-treasurer is Sue Penhollow, who presented the cemetery’s annual financial report. Penhollow was thanked for all her efforts and hard work in maintaining records and completing necessary forms, including state annual reports.
Jedidah Walter is the cemetery keeper. Walter spoke about the maintenance problems of the equipment since it was using approximately 50 hours per week. Lawn mowers and cutting equipment need frequent maintenance. Maintaining the cemetery during the spring, summer and fall months is an ongoing effort. When lots were first sold with perpetual care, it was never thought that inflation would take over, driving up maintenance costs.
The Cassadaga Cemetery Association accepts donations to help maintain equipment and maintain the cemetery. Walter was thanked by council members for the good job of keeping the cemetery in good repair. All donations can be sent to the Cassadaga Cemetery Association, PO Box 351, Cassadaga, NY 14718. All donations are appreciated.
There is a set of rules and regulations posted on the back of Section D in a bulletin board. Graves should not be demarcated, which is important as it makes mowing difficult. Any item placed in the graveyard must be of permanent material. Summer items placed in the cemetery must be collected by October 1, and winter and Christmas items must be collected by April 1. Water is available at several places in the cemetery.
The board has set Monday, June 7 at 9 a.m. daytime to clean the storage garage and throw away unused items. The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Jefferson Hall.
The election of the bureau for 2021-2022 has taken place. Dibble will be its chairman next year. Penhollow will continue as Secretary-Treasurer. Elected directors included Diane House Blizzard, Diane K. Shaw, Cheryl MacKinder, Dan Thorp and Thomas MacKinder. Sipos will serve as an advisor. At all meetings, lot owners and guests are welcome.