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By Lacey Gardner

Scio’s Fairlawn Cemetery Association is seeking new members

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Sacred ground in the Scio community needs support

From the Fairlawn Cemetery Association,

Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio, NY is a source of pride for the community and reflects the serenity we all want as a final resting place, for our loved ones, and ourselves. 

The Fairlawn Cemetery Association is responsible for the upkeep, maintenance, and beautification of this lovely rural cemetery.

The Cemetery Association Board members are Daniel Lounsberry, President; Sharon Washer, Vice President; LouAnn Slocum, Secretary; JoAnne White, Treasurer; and trustees Donna Dean and Dennis White.  Our sexton is Ron Washburn. 

Because of budget restraints we cannot afford to pay for mowing and weed eating the cemetery.  The responsibility of maintaining the property, from mowing, weed eating, grave openings and closing, constructing headstone foundations, fundraising and all other tasks to keep the cemetery looking its best falls to the all-volunteer board.

We are an aging board and are looking for Scio community members who have an interest in serving on this board and helping to preserve our cemetery for the future. 

If we cannot continue to care for the Fairlawn Cemetery it could be turned over to the Town of Scio.  Unfortunately, they would be required to mow the cemetery only twice a year.  That would be detrimental to the beauty of the cemetery.  This is not something the Board of Trustees would like to see. 

The meetings of the Fairlawn Cemetery Association are open to the public.  Please visit us and see what we do and what we are about.  Meetings are on the 3rd Wednesday of the month and the place varies, but we will happily let you know where. 

If you would like to join us in this endeavor, let us know.  You can reach out to Dan Lounsberry at 585-593-8506 or JoAnne White at 585-610-2756.  We need you! 

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