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From: RAL <>
Subject: Re: Salem UCC Cemetery in Berks Co. makes national news.
Date: Wed, 03 Apr 2002 22:50:52 -0800
Do you have an address where we can write to oppose this move?????
> This is a news story at msnbc that I thought some of you would like to read.
> The address of the church that is doing this is:
> Salem United Church of Christ
> 307 COVERED BRIDGE RD
> OLEY PA 19547-8930
> Perhaps you might like to write them a letter and give them a comment?
> Renee Waring
> Berks County Church Faces Grave
> OLEY TOWNSHIP, Pa., 12:08 p.m. EST April 2, 2002 - Expansion plans are
> raising a debate in Berks County over how final a 'final resting place'
> should be.
> A church in Oley Township wants to move dozens of graves. Its leaders plan on
> digging up graves to make room for an addition. The Salem United Church of
> Christ, where 57 graves date back to the Revolutionary War, wants to put the
> individual remains in a common grave with a monument. Its congregation hopes
> a half-million dollar expansion will keep younger members from leaving. But
> some older members feel moving the graves would be disrespectful. "Those were
> struggling, hard-working, dedicated early settlers," says Hilda Fisher, a
> church member. "And I think we owe them respect not to interrupt their final
> resting place." Another church member disagrees. "A body can be moved and
> it's dead and gone," says James Graber. "I don't feel a problem with it." The
> church is asking a Berks County judge to allow moving the graves, while Oley
> township has opposed the plan. On June 4, Berks County court in Reading, Pa.
> will hold a hearing to decide if the church can dig up the bodies to expand
> the church grounds. The town has stated it will probably oppose the request
> in court.
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