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Rose Hill Cemetery still in need of help

I would like to clear up some misinformation regarding local cemetery maintenance.

It is wonderful that the Blair County prisoners have undertaken maintenance at two of our local Altoona cemeteries — Oak Ridge and Fairview.

As a representative for Rose Hill Cemetery, I want to explain that Rose Hill has not benefited from this undertaking. We don’t want to take anything away from the help Oak Ridge and Fairview are receiving, but Rose Hill Cemetery (one of the largest, with over 52 acres) is being run by a small group of 10 or so dedicated volunteers, and we are doing our best, but are not receiving any assistance from the county, city or Logan Township.

We have requested help from all three municipalities over the years and have been given a staunch no to our requests. We have applied for and been turned down for numerous grants as well and are told we don’t qualify, or other non-profits have been selected.

A recent article in the Mirror talked about local cemeteries receiving CDBG grant money for maintenance. That is not happening for any of the local cemeteries, as we have been informed no local cemetery qualifies for any of that funding.

The bottom line here is all the cemeteries in the city make an impact on the overall impression people take away about our fine city of Altoona.

Our small volunteer group at Rose Hill are regular people, just like you. We have jobs and families, and it is hard to make the time for this commitment, but we will continue to do it as long as we can.

We won’t be able to continue our efforts without receiving support, both financial and labor specific, from the community.

Inquiries as to ways you may help may be sent to friendsofrosehillcemetery@gmail.com.

Cindy Beauchamp

Altoona

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