Cassadaga Cemetery Association holds annual meeting

CASSADAGA – The Cassadaga Cemetery Association recently met for its annual meeting. All meetings are open to the public.

The Cassadaga Cemetery dates back to 1817, when it was once the west end of the village boundary, next to what was once known as Burnhams. In December 1942, Burnhams became a part of Cassadaga and so the village of Cassadaga boundary was extended. Burnhams had its own post office which was once located in one of the current buildings of Fredrickson Builders Supply. Village historian John Sipos said that the current cemetery is divided into five sections, A, B, C, D, and E. Access to each section may be made from Maple Avenue.

President Richard Fredrickson called the meeting to order. Secretary/-Financial Secretary Sue Penhollow presented both the minutes of last year’s meeting and the financial report. The group thanked her for all her work with the Cassadaga Cemetery and for keeping the records.

Trustee Diane House Blizzard spoke in detail about a fund raiser for the needed maintenance of the cemetery. Mrs. Blizzard has composed a letter describing some of the work at the cemetery and the needed items and asking for a donation. Copies will be sent to relatives and friends of those buried at the cemetery.

A new grass cutting tractor is needed. Mike Anderson is the grounds supervisor. Mowing and trimming is his biggest concern. Gary Cady will serve as a helper with the maintenance. Blizzard has researched a new tractor for the cemetery, and said the group has to do something soon to raise money for the equipment.

A white solid fence was installed last year to cover the water faucet, and trash and water barrels. It was suggested to plant some shrubs to tone down the whiteness of the fence. Trustee Ray Haines said that a few new trees were planted to take the place of those older ones which were removed.

The group thanked trustee Haines for his efforts to get the lawn growing when the driveway was moved.

Summer items placed at the cemetery must be removed by October 1 and the winter and Christmas items must be removed by April 1. Anything placed in the cemetery must be a permanent material, and outlining a grave should not be done, as it make it difficult to mow.

Trustee Susan Sipos spoke about the Facebook page set up for the Cassadaga Cemetery. Trustees Diane Shaw, John and Susan Sipos will represent the Cassadaga Cemetery at the 103rd annual meeting of the Chautauqua County Federation of Rural Cemeteries.

Donations to the cemetery are always welcome, since there is a cost to maintain the cemetery Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 351, Cassadaga, NY 14718.

Elections were held. Fredrickson will continue as president, and Penhollow as the secretary. Trustees for the Cassadaga Cemetery Association are Ray Haines, Dan Thorp, Diane House Blizzard, Diane Shaw, Susan Washington Sipos, and village historian John Sipos.

The Cassadaga Cemetery is on line for those who are doing genealogy research work.