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Glenwood Cemetery Decoration Day – An initiative in 2012 becomes an annual event – June 2

Barb-and-Gary-McKenzie-sDuring the early 1900s, it was customary for families to come to Glenwood for a special day of remembrance. Flowers and wreaths were placed on the graves of loved ones, prayers were said, and many visitors took a quiet stroll around the park-like grounds.

Last year, this special day was reintroduced at Glenwood Cemetery. Decoration Day took place on the first Sunday in June to honour those who rest in Glenwood. This day provided an opportunity for people to pay their respects to family members and friends by visiting their graves and sharing memories. It was an occasion to recall and celebrate the lives of Glenwood’s residents.

The Board and staff of Glenwood Cemetery were delighted with the success of the day and have made Decoration Day an annual event. This year it will be held on Sunday June 2 when visitors will be welcomed to the grounds by the music of guitarist Ken Hudson. At 2 o’clock, everyone will gather in the Stone Chapel for a memorial service conducted by Reverend Audrey Whitney. Lorain Sine will play her guitar and sing at the ceremony.

Please join us to celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us. Visitors may bring flowers to decorate graves or chose to purchase flowers available on site.

Everyone is welcome.  Refreshments will be served in the chapel.

Decoration Day Noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2013
Glenwood Cemetery – 47 Ferguson St., Picton

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  1. Marnie says:

    Gil, I took the tour this afternoon and was not impressed by the appearance of the grounds. It looks great around the fountain where they have mowed but when you drive further in the grass has not been cut recently. It’s not at its finest for sure. I’ve never seen it looking so neglected. What a shame.

  2. Marnie says:

    Jack, I think the cemetery did a kind and generous thing when they allowed dog owners to take their pets for a stroll on the grounds. As is often the way, a few spoil it for the many. I loved walking my dogs on the Millenium trail but had to give it up because others were letting their pets off-leash. Sometimes three or four dog owners would walk in a group allowing their dogs to run ahead of them in a pack. They were too far behind to control their pets if they had converged on another dog. The trail was becoming littered with dog excrement as a lot of people were not picking up after their pets.

    No need to apologize to me regarding your remarks about going to the hospital. You had no way of knowing that I had first-hand experience with dog walking in the cemetery.

  3. Jack says:

    Marnie: I wish to apologize to You and Doris for the comment I made yesterday about going to the hospital it was both crude and uncalled for. I was upset at the time because I felt it was non-dog owners who had no knowledge of the cementary who were blogging. Like you say it is up to the board of directors to decide on dog policy, probably a total ban on pets would be best and easier for staff to police. The local post office has recently gone to a total ban on pets entering the post office, so no more walking the dog to get the mail. I,am not sure if people are aware but Glenwood has contracted out grass cutting this year and let one employee go and cut the hours of the other employee back, I can’ t see any great improvement over previous years but I suppose it is a cost cutting measure.

  4. Marnie says:

    Jack, from what you have said I believe you are a responsible dog owner with an obedient best friend. If I seem overly concerned perhaps it is because I realize how quickly you and your dog could become a victim of one of those thoughtless people who cannot control their dogs and seem unable to comprehend that this causes problems for other people. Keeping our dogs leashed in public places is protection for us as well as for others.

  5. Jack says:

    Marnie, fair enough , you certainly have reason to be concerned about off leash dogs and I would like to apologize for the inconsiderate actions of the owner of the dogs you had the problem with, alI I ask is that you don’t paint all dog owners under the same brush.

  6. Marnie says:

    Yes, Jack, I will be happy to enlighten you. There have been a number of instances of off-leash dogs in Glenwood causing problems for law-abiding dog owners whose pets were on leash. I no longer walk my dog in Glenwood because I am tired of having her intimidated by off-leash dogs running towards her while their owners yell “Don’t worry he/she is friendly”. You and those who share your philosophy may think you have perfect control of your off-leash dogs but under the right set of circumstances you could be in for a shock. I was happily walking my dog on leash in the cemetery when I met three people walking a Viszla and a mid-size shaggy dog off leash. Their dogs headed straight for me and my dog and did not pay any attention when their owners repeatedly called them back. My dog tried to hide behind me and wrapped me up in her leash. Then the other two dogs jumped all over us. They were friendly but they were also out of control. My dog (a small breed) was leashed and felt vulnerable when two strange dogs, one of them quite large, bore down on her. If she had attempted to defend herself against what she perceived as a threat by inflicting even a slight injury on one of the other dogs I would have been accused of having a dangerous dog – yet I had my dog under control until two ill-mannered off-leash dogs came on the scene. Glad you enjoy those off-leash walks in the cemetery Jack but it is dog owners like you who spoil it for others.

    People who want to go off-leash should go to the dog park. That’s why it’s there. If they prefer the cemetery roadways then they should show courtesy and leash their dogs. Read the dog owner’s Liability Act Jack.Going off leash in public places is not worth the risk. If something happens, even if your dog was simply defending itself, you could find yourself slapped with a muzzle order or a destruction order. Is it really worth it? Unless you are the Dog Whisperer snap a leash on your dog.

  7. Jack says:

    Marnie, I see you had one more compliant to make before you went off to the hospital to die with your friend Doris. I walk my dog almost daily in the cemetery along with several other dog owners, I think most are responsible dog owners who clean-up after their pets and leash their pets if someone who is just out for a walk comes near. I personally have not heard of or experienced any bad events related to off- leash dogs. Perhaps you could enlighten me with some of your personal observances as you seem to indicate you are aware of some.

  8. Marnie says:

    The problem is Paul that many dog owners do not keep their dogs leashed when walking in the cemetery. Unless the cemetery posts a sign making it a requirement there is nothing anyone can say or do about it. The dogs that run at large cause problems for those who show courtesy and respect by keeping their dogs leashed. Its cemetery property and it’s the board that makes the rules.

  9. Paul says:

    Wouldn t it be up to the dog owner to be responsible and keep their dog on a leash.I had a summer job there for many years when I was younger cutting grass continually between burials. 3 to four people with lawn mowers depending on how wet the summer was it would take 2 weeks to cut the grounds and then start back at the beginning..Im not sure how they keep up now.

  10. Marnie says:

    It’s up to cemetery management to step up to the plate about those dogs that run off-leash and leave deposits. A sign at the gates requiring all dogs to be leashed would do it. Otherwise the problem will be ongoing.

  11. fed up says:

    So true. It’s a rare treasure. There are very few like it left in Ontario. A wonderful place to walk.
    Hard working, minimally staffed maintenance people do the best job they can with limited resources. Now if people would only keep their dogs on a leash and clean up after them….

  12. gil says:

    A MUST visit site while in the Picton area. This includes Pictonites that have never seen or ever visited your beautiful Cemetery. History at it’s finest folks.
    Please take the tour,you will be impressed.

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