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Workers: Don't Put So Many Memorial Items in Cemetery

Groundskeepers are saying some memorials are actually getting in the way of mourning

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    Workers at Timothy Plains Cemetery in Norton, Massachusetts, are having trouble maintaining the property, thanks to items left as memorials. (Published Thursday, June 9, 2016)

    Workers at a Massachusetts cemetery are having trouble maintaining the property, thanks to items left as memorials.

    "Everyone has a right to remember their loved one and the way they lived," said Anita Landice, who was visiting Timothy Plains Cemetery in Norton.

    Groundskeepers are saying some memorials are actually getting in the way of mourning. Workers are finding sea shells and other trinkets all over the cemetery. While these decorations may honor loved ones, officials feel they make the upkeep of the cemetery a huge hassle.

    "You can decorate, but you've got to maintain what you decorate," said Keith Silver of Norton's highway department. "You can't just think you can just leave it there and the highway department has to take care of it."

    Even visitors say it's getting out of hand. Workers say the unkempt decorations have to go.

    "If it's too much, we'll just clean the whole thing up and throw it away," Silver said.

    Town officials say there will be a meeting held next week to discuss new regulations for decorating the headstones.


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