Down to the Roots

(L to R): Randy Sweeney, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation executive director; Hugh Golden, Lake View Cemetery business manager; Ken Fischer, Lake View Cemetery grounds foreman; Justin Miller, Tactical Tree Solutions; and Sam Genco, Lake View Cemetery superintendent and secretary pose with one of many aging trees in Lake View Cemetery.

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Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

Lake View Cemetery, on the City of Jamestown’s northside, is home to a vast array of wonderfully diverse plants and trees, some of which have outlived their life expectancy and are in need of immediate maintenance or complete removal and replacement.

A grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Fund for the Region supports the Friends of Lake View Cemetery hiring Tactical Tree Solutions to rehabilitate, or remove and replace some of the aging trees along North Main Street.

According to Hugh Golden, Lake View Cemetery business manager, every tree that is removed from inside the fence along North Main Street will be replaced by another tree or ornamental shrubbery. “It is the cemetery’s hope that this project is seen as Lake View’s continuing effort to provide a sense of continuity and responsibility to the families we serve and to the community as a whole.”

This project also aligns with the North Main Revitalization Initiative to enhance one of the main entrances into the city.

Since 1859, thousands of individuals and families have chosen Lake View Cemetery as their final resting place due to its antiquated beauty and peaceful park-like manner. The work done today, will help conserve and improve the majesty of Jamestown’s main entry point and ensure the safety of both the public and the memorial stones for generations to come.