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Letter to the editor (again)

I wrote in to the BEN Column in the Bridgeton News again. It should be in the paper tomorrow (Wed). I was down in South Jersey at my 3rd cousin 1x removed's widow's 100th birthday party. My, it was a gala affair! She was dancing and having a grand ole time. I finally got to meet several 4th cousins (and beyond) that I've been emailing for the past few years. I also changed the artificial flowers on some of my ancestors' graves.

And then.. I went to check on my cousin Ella. I've been battling Ella's weeds at the Broad Street Cemetery in Bridgeton for over 2 years. The cemetery could use better maintenance, but that's another story for another time. At least now they're mowing between the headstones and the footstones.

If any of you readers have suggestions for the weeds after looking at the pictures, I'd love to hear them!


 Hi BEN,

Remember our little discussion last September where you thought I might be exaggerating about the waist high weeds at my cousin Ella (Blew) Rammel's plot? Then I sent you the pictures.

Well, I went back last Sunday to check on her and part of the weeds was back! This time.. it was at least chest high! I took a picture for you before I cut it down and removed the roots. I was kneeling down with my loppers and it was falling on my head.

Before I cleaned it up:

This is what it looks like now: 

I'm pretty excited that they're mowing behind the stones now.

In case you were wondering, I cut down all the overgrowth last year and this is a picture of me at the plot doing some tidying in April. If you notice, there aren't any weeds growing at all.

If anyone has any suggestions on how to keep the weeds out of her plot and the surrounding plots (other Rammel folks I'm not related to, but I'd like to make the whole area nice) for someone who lives in North Jersey and can't get down there every weekend, I'd love to hear them. I am far from an expert when it comes to this type of thing.

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