When you receive this update, November will be upon us! As you all know there are many responsibilities in maintaining a cemetery. Care of the grass is a large part, other projects include maintenance and repair of water lines, roads, trees and shrubs. The many old trees in our cemetery require yearly maintenance, most of which is performed by a licensed tree specialist. Keeping the South Buxton Cemetery beautiful requires support from many parties. The support shown by the Town of Buxton toward the maintenance of veterans’ lots is greatly appreciated. Generous contributions from people like you are critical toward maintaining our cemetery. I send a huge “thank you” to all!
Friends of South Buxton Cemetery
“To beautify and improve the cemetery and to bring our endowment fund to a healthy level”
Please consider a donation in memory of a loved one or as thanks for genealogy research. Your contributions allow us to continually upgrade the special projects that make The South Buxton Cemetery attractive. An anonymous donor recently contributed 10,000 daffodil bulbs. These bulbs have been planted near the columbarium and throughout the cemetery. Thank you to Nancy Kneeland, Malcolm Washburn, Nancy Connolly, Jeff and Tammy Grover, Jacqui Webber, Jan Hill, Nick Pinkham, Peter Pinkham and Sandy and Bev Atkinson for planting all these bulbs! We look forward to the bright cheery colors in the spring!
Our major project this year is to continue the historic black iron fence in the last three sections on Route 112. The fabricator, Ed Lavigne is committed to duplicating the original fence as nearly as is practical. This project should be completed in the spring. We are extremely fortunate to have Calvin and Marianne Reynolds sponsor this project. They have committed $10,000 for the fence completion. Calvin and Marianne have been substantial supporters of the SBCA for many years. Thank You. Thank You. I am sure there are more of you who would like to take part in enhancing SBC. Give us the financial help and we will find the projects. Your suggestions are appreciated.
Remember, when planting flowers at upright monuments, please plant within 14 inches out from stone. Please remember that shepherds’ hooks are not allowed. Small stones are also prohibited. They can get picked up by weed whacking equipment and become dangerous projectiles.
Please remember to remove decorations by November 1st and before April 1st. Wreaths placed by SBCA will be removed in March.
The fast-paced culture of today discourages us from taking the time to reflect on much of anything, but a death, especially that of a loved one, whether it is family or a close friend, encourages us to do just that. In years past, deaths were treated with dignity, ceremony and more traditional burial practices, but today that has largely changed.
Times are different now, the manner in which deaths are observed has changed and many people choose cremation over casket, but some practices are so worth keeping, not only to honor the deceased, but to bring comfort to those who mourn. In our lifetimes we have seen the trend from visiting hours, generally the day before, and then the funeral, followed by a procession to the cemetery with graveside services, followed by a reception where fellowship was enjoyed and memories were shared. Today many opt for no service gathering whatsoever, or a graveside service only-perhaps private for family only. Visiting hours and a service, no matter what your denomination calls it, are opportunities for grieving, for closure They are opportunities for people to ask the big questions about life, death and their own mortality, which can be haunting, especially for older folks. It is a structured way of facing the natural fear of death and affirming the fact that the soul of the deceased is still with us -that we will be united one day, however that may be.
It is also important that we take time to arrange military honors for our veterans who gave so much to the country, and police and fire department honors for those who provided public service. All of the above honor who the person was in life, and is one final way to show Love.
Alyson O. Curry
Pastor, First Congregational Church of Buxton
Wreaths Across America
Saturday December 16, 2017
The South Buxton Cemetery Association presents our 11th year participation in the Wreaths Across America ceremony. This program to honor our veterans will take place at the South Buxton Cemetery (Woodman Section) at 11:30 AM. The Woodman section of the cemetery is located on Woodman Road at Tory Hill Corner (intersection of 202 & 112 Bar Mills).
Last year our WAA program was held in a snow storm. Despite the frigid and wet weather, the ceremony was very well attended and one of the most colorful and emotional to date. We placed wreaths on all veterans located at South Buxton Cemetery. A successful wreath donation year was attributed to our ongoing program, dedication of all the participants, our members, friends, and a large donation of 225 wreaths from the Sanford Springvale Fish and Game Protection Association. A special thanks to the Buxton Fire Department for presenting the colors and to the Bonny Eagle High School choral group’s stirring performance. We also appreciate Jim Libby’s reflections during his address to the audience. Please join us this year as we honor those who served.