On Saturday, September 7, a crew gathered in the cemetery for a work day. A lot was accomplished. Volunteers cleaned up scattered rocks along the new fence in the front, cut brush, cleared grass from in-ground graves that had started to be covered over, and stood the Day family headstone back up. David Kerstetter brought his back hoe and moved a large pile of topsoil from section 3. Thank you to all the volunteers.
Cleaning up from fence installation
Cemetery Stone Repair & Clean up June 4, 2016
On June 4th a workday was held. Twelve head stones were straightened. Afterwards lunch was enjoyed by all. The cemetery committee would like to encourage Ira residents to come out to our annual workday. There is still much to be done!
Cemetery Clean up & Repair Sept. 26, 2015
On Sept. 26, several hard-working volunteers met at the cemetery to give it a yearly sprucing up. With the help of an expert from the Vermont Old Cemetery Association 17 stones were repaired and straightened. The southeast hedgerow was also cut back and a large pile of brush was burned. The volunteers enjoyed a picnic lunch after work was finished.
Cemetery Restoration Oct. 11, 2014
On Oct. 11, 2014, a workday was held at the Riverside cemetery. The focus of this workday was to learn how to restore leaning and broken down gravestones, with the emphass on leaning stones to save them from falling and breaking. It takes much more work to repair a gravestone once it has fallen over and breaks.
Jim Leberge of the Vermont Old Cemetery Association joined us and provided some hands-on training. With Jim's guidance, we successfully repaired eight gravestones. One of the stones was broken and glued back together, the other seven were leaning and were uprrighted.
Cemetery Lawn Mower Expert and Weed Whipper.
Cemetery Survey Aug. 7, 2014
Aerial View of Ira Riverside Cemetery