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Reviving Oak Ridge

Cemetery receives long-needed repairs

Also on the repair wish list is the road through the cemetery, which Town Councilor Conrad Vandal can attest, is damaging to cars. File photo. (click for larger version)
September 29, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — Although the repairs are of much greater concern to outsiders than its permanent residents, Oak Ridge Cemetery's long-neglected conditions are finally getting some local attention.

The process actually started earlier this year, when Town Manager Chris Clark identified "perpetual care" funds that were fluid enough to fund fixing the stone archway leading to Main Street. That work seems to have sparked several related projects, including a recent Historical Society agreement to provide $4,000 to fix the surrounding wall.

"We were more than happy to help restore a historic façade," said society Secretary Steve Brady, noting the work should be done by Oct. 28. "That wall was certainly money well spent."

Brady said the society approved it at its September meeting since its charter requires such expenditures to be voted by the whole group, not just its executive board. During the discussion, he said, everyone agreed to do it, but some initially suggested seeking other partners. Brady noted, however, that such fundraising would likely take a long time.

See Thursday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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