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Here is a great promotional idea. Many many areas have old cemetaries that are unkept. Why not donate some of your time and energy to rally your community around repairing a cemetary?

Can you imagine how much goodwill you would create between your business and your community?

On top of that the press coverage potential would be very high.

What's your take on this?

Volunteers bring cemeteries back to life - For Walter Yaro, it was a matter of neighborliness to care for the neglected Sweeney Cemetery across the street from his house. And a way to honor his friend, Loren Holister, who died in 2002 and will be the last person buried in the now-closed cemetery.

“We took it upon ourselves to undo more than 40 years of neglect,” said Yaro, referring to fellow North Tonawanda Cemetery Committee members Linda Krempa, Daniel Bille and others. “It was an embarrassment to the community.”

Now, with tombstones righted, overgrown trees removed, a new fence, and grass that’s better tended (citizens call City Hall if it’s getting too high), the cemetery has people paying attention rather than averting their eyes. Museum tours stop by, for one, to see the graves of the Herschell family and Col. Payne, along with veterans of the War of 1812 and the Civil War.


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