Monday, June 02, 2014
Spring Rose Project - OAPA
The Old Allentown Preservation Association (OAPA), in an effort to enhance the beauty of the Union and West End Cemetery, obtained a grant from the City of Allentown for the purpose of planting roses inside the fence line along Chew Street. The project called for the planting of 142 rose bushes, 138 roses were planted every 9 feet along the Chew Street fence. The remaining 4 rose bushes were planted in a bed next to the Civil War Naval cannons in the Grand Army of the Republic section (under the flag) of the cemetery along 12th Street.
Volunteers from OAPA and the Cemetery Association, along with able-bodied help provided by volunteers from the Allentown Community Correction Center and the Keenan House worked hard and diligently over a number of weekends to create a rose bed the entire length of the Chew Street fence. Earth was turned, holes to receive the roses were dug, mulch (provided by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Allentown), was spread in preparation for the planting of roses.
On June 1st, with the rose bush bed ready, the volunteers gathered and planted all 142 rose bushes in a single morning session. The resultant rose bed is stunningly gorgeous; beautifying the walk along Chew Street from 10th to 12th Streets. The small garden at the cannons (GAR Section) also reflects the glory of the beautification project.
The following photos show the results of the activity in the cemetery from inception to the final planting of the roses :
Photo Credit: Everette Carr
View additional photos showing volunteers at work planting roses; Morning Call photographs ( HARRY FISHER / THE MORNING CALL / June 1, 2014 )
Thursday, May 29, 2014
American Flag - Cemetery
The photos that follow were taken on May 29, 2014 in the Union and West End Cemetery. Unfortunately the winter of 2013--2014 was not kind to this flag that flew over the United States Capitol approximately 14 months ago.
A new flag has been acquired and will be run up the flag pole tomorrow during a Memorial Day Ceremony in the cemetery. Memorial Day is being celebrated by Chapter 190, the Military Order of the Purple Heart on the traditional date for Memorial Day celebrations.
Come out to the Union and West End Cemetery tomorrow May 30, 2014, and enjoy the Memorial Day Ceremony.
And so it goes...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Sinkholes in the Cemetery - Update
In mid March, 2014, two sinkholes appeared in the cemetery in an area not directly involving any graves. These two subsidence areas of instability are fairly small as sinkholes go, but still are of sufficient concern to warrant professional exploration in an effort to determine the best approach to fixing the problem. These areas of subsurface instability followed a heavy melt off of snow that had accumulated in the cemetery along with two solid days of heavy and persistent rain.
The cemetery officers and directors immediately took action to close the cemetery to the general public and to erect protective fencing around the area of subsidence. The fencing encloses an area approximately 40 x 40 feet. Three separate Engineering and Consulting firms were contacted. Each firm did a preliminary study of the area and subsequently provided the board of directors with their proposals for remedial action along with estimates of the cost of various remedies.
A committee made up of officers of the cemetery reviewed the various studies and proposals and reported its findings to the full board. Subsequently the committee met with an outside, independent geological consultant, after he had an opportunity to review the proposals. This meeting resulted in a formulation of a plan that would allow the cemetery association to move forward with remedial action. But first, prior to proceeding, it was suggested by the consultant that the cemetery association obtain a copy of the geophysical report ordered by the City of Allentown in early 2012, which involved a huge sinkhole on Tenth Street just outside the cemetery main gate. It was the opinion of our professional consultant that this report would be invaluable to the cemetery association in that it would reveal the make-up of the soil in and surrounding the cemetery proper.
City representatives had previously denied the associations request to review the report’s findings, so the association filed a 'Right to Know' request with the City in May of 2014. The City responded within the required 5 day time frame indicating that due to legal ramifications it needed an additional 30 days to review the consequences of providing the information to the cemetery association. This additional time is allowed under the 'Right to Know' Act. The City has until mid June, 2014, to file its response to the association's request.
As a result of the delay, the cemetery officers and directors, have put all remedial actions on hold pending the outcome of our request to the City to review the geophysical report for the sinkhole that appeared on Tenth Street on December 30, 2011.
The cemetery will gladly accept donations to offset the ultimate cost of repairing the damage done to the cemetery by the two sinkholes. Please go to our web site and click on "Donations" if you wish to help.
The Union and West End Cemetery Association web site can be found here:
Posted by: Everette H. Carr, President
Union and West End Cemetery Association
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Portion of Large Tree Down
On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, a portion of a large tree broke off and came crashing down in what is known as Section I. At least half of the original tree remains standing. The portion that broke off and came down is hughe. It is difficult to determine how much damage was done to tombstones in the path of the fallen tree but a large monument with a full size angel atop (GANGEWER), was hit by the tree and the beautiful angel was totally destroyed.
The following photos taken on the morning of May 20th show the portion of the large tree that came down. The very last two photos show the Gangewer monument prior to the tree falling.
And so it goes...
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