Spiffy clashes with sentiment at cemetery

Posted: Sunday, July 05, 2009

FAIRBANKS - Some relatives with loved ones buried at a Fairbanks graveyard are concerned by what they consider to be overzealous caretaking.

Jori Walker, whose mother and grandmother are buried at the Birch Hill Cemetery, says she was surprised during a recent visit to find a vase and some decorative ornaments gone. Nearby, a three-man crew was clearing sites of plastic flowers, ornamental rocks and other items.

The site, dedicated in the late 1930s, has been managed and owned for the past two years by a nonprofit. Tim Wisniewski, who owns the nonprofit, says he doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. But he likes things to look good, and the cleanup is an effort to make the site more appealing to the average visitor.

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