P.O. Box 405, Bar Mills, Maine 04004 (207) 929-4773 email@example.com www.southbuxtoncemetery.com
FROM THE PRESIDENT’S DESK
Year End Summary
Weather wise it was a great summer and fall. As we prepare for winter,
we remind everyone that plastic flowers and ornaments are not allowed
and will be removed if they do not meet the cemetery guidelines. The
SBCA Rules & Regulations state that “flowers, wreaths and other
decorations left on lots will be removed by cemetery staff as soon as
possible after they fade or become unsightly”.
The staff has removed many overgrown shrubs this year and is aware there are still some that encompass entire monuments. Please contact Jeff or leave a message at the office if this is the situation on your lot. You can tie an orange or yellow ribbon to your shrub to indicate you would like it removed.
We have finished our road project with the completion of the Charles Pinkham drive. Thank you to all that supported this endeavor.
The Grant from Narragansett Number One Foundation allowed us to remove four large spruce trees and begin a pruning project in several areas. We wish to extend our thanks for the Foundation’s continued support.
Look at what we have accomplished:
Completion of our road project.
New water lines in most areas of the cemetery.
A Database of all of our lots and owner’s information.
The restoration and cleaning of many old stones.
New well and water in the Woodman section.
Removed stumps and restored several acres of the Woodman section for future use.
Purchased and installed a columbarium for a cremation burial alternative.
Hosted nine Wreath Across America programs.
All of the accomplishments over the last few years would not have been possible without the support from the lot owners, friends, community, grants and the Town of Buxton. We continue to solicit your financial support so that we may continue to make improvements and have a resting place for our families that we can be proud of.
One major project that remains is the black iron fence that surrounds the cemetery. It is in bad shape and in need of repair or replacement. We have received several quotes but have been forced to put the project on hold until sufficient funds are available or donors come forward.
I do have some disappointing news to report. For some reason my last news update did not arouse much interest or sense of urgency. The contributions were the lowest that we have received in five years. Lot sales were also below normal this year. Your support is necessary to continue and maintain our progress. Your contributions can make all the difference. Thank You!
Richard “Sandy” Atkinson, President
SOMETHING TO CONSIDER
We hope you have noticed that our new 40 niche columbarium is in place and landscaped. At our directors meeting October 20th,we voted to maintain the introductory price of $2,650 per niche, which will hold two urns. This price includes two openings and closings, and a beautiful antiqued brass plaque with raised letters on the columbarium. The columbarium at SBCA allows us to offer winter interment as well as an alternative to in-ground interment.
Wreaths Across America
Saturday, December 12th at 11:30 am
Woodman Section at the South Buxton Cemetery
This is the 9th year we will gather to take part with over 1000 locations all across the
country and beyond in simultaneous wreath laying ceremonies to remember and honor our
fallen heroes in our community. The ceremony will include a prayer of remembrance and
moment of silence at 12:00 pm. Our program consists of the presentation of seven wreaths
by former service members of each service branch. A keynote speaker, several patriotic
musical renditions and Taps will end our memorial honoring all veterans resting in our
cemeteries. The ceremony begins at 11:30 and should last approximately one hour.
In the past, we have seen a tremendous amount of support, well attended by veterans,
municipal employees from Buxton & Hollis, Maine Corps League, York Co. Marines, Am
Vets, Buxton Police & Fire Dept., Rolling Thunder, Masonic Lodges, Boy, Girl & Cub
Scouts, Widows Son Masonic affiliated cycle group, DeMolay, Buxton/Hollis Historical
Society, Buxton/Hollis Lions Club, & many community citizens and veteran family
Please support this program by sponsoring the wreaths supplied by Wreaths Across America
™. Our ceremonial wreaths are donated by the Worcester Wreath Company, the founders of
this program. Please plan to attend this emotional service.
Sandy Atkinson, President, SBCA
For more information regarding participating in this year’s program:
*Wreath orders without a designated lot with be randomly placed*
Please join us on Saturday December 12th, 2015 at 11:30 am at the South Buxton Cemetery for our memorial service and wreath laying presentation.
Thank you for your sponsorship and joining Wreaths Across America™ in their mission to remember, honor, & teach.
As we enter the Holiday season, you may wish to make a contribution in memory of a friend or loved one. Your contribution of twenty-five dollars or more will be listed on the South Buxton Cemetery website.
Name in Memory of_________________________________________________
We hope you have noticed that our new 40 niche columbarium is in place, landscaped and waiting for our first customer. At our directors meeting October 23rd, we voted to reduce the price per niche, which will hold two urns, from $3995 to the introductory price of $2650. This price includes two openings and closings, and a beautiful antiqued brass plaque with raised letters .There is a sample installed on the columbarium. At the Maine State Cemetery Association’s meeting on October 21 it was noted that burials this year in Bath, Maine were 80% cremations. At SBC cremations were 70% of our burials. These statistics influenced SBCA to make the columbarium available at our cemetery to offer winter interment as well as an alternative to in-ground interment.
For the ninth year, the SBCA will be presenting the Wreaths Across American program. It will
be held on December 12th at 11:30 am at the South Buxton Cemetery. You may purchase wreaths
year round at $15.00 each for veterans and $20.00 each for non-veterans (our location identity # is
Please continue to support: The Adopt a Tree Program for a $500.00 onetime payment or payable