The aged wrought iron fencing at the Bloomfield Cemetery will soon be repaired. Though it looks beautiful from the road, a close-up view reveals that is in dire need of repair. The fence dates back to the late 1800’s.
A committee of 30 members has been fund raising for several months with a goal of raising approximately $18,000 and they are close to reaching that goal.
“We need about $1000 more,” shared Dick Sears, who is spearheading the effort.
If more money is raised than needed for this project, the remaining funds will go towards fencing in the back portion of the cemetery.
Committee members include Dick Sears, Lewis Kinney, Georgann Kinney, Maurice Porter, Judy Porter, Wayne Burson, Joyce Ray, Mike Ray, Patti Ray, Yom Ray, Todd Swetland, Luke Swetland, Randall Swetland, Esther Swetland, Don Harris, Donna Harris, Carroll Harris, Clara Hilton, Norman Altizer, Susie Altizer, Jodi McElroy, Daniel Harris, Amy Klugh and Ben Grandstaff.
The North Bloomfield Cemetery is one of only two district cemeteries in the state. The group had to receive permission from both Bennington Township and S. Bloomfield Township trustees. “It’s quite a process,” noted Sears.
The repairs will be done by Custom Cutters of Mt. Vernon. They will also duplicate and additional 150 feet of fencing that will replace a chain link fence that currently exists.
They hope to have the repairs completed by January. Sometime in the spring Jack Fishburn construction will install the new fencing. There will be a dedication ceremony planned for sometime in the spring.
A beautiful arch is being created for the main entrance to the cemetery. The Highland Art Class has been having a contest to design the arch. The winner will receive $100. The winner will be decided at the next meeting of the committee.
For more information or to make a donation please call Dick sears 419-768-2050 or cell 614-558-2366.
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