Monday, December 24, 2007

Rosa Bonheur Society

The Rosa Bonheur Society was created in May 2007 to help organize and assist in the maintenance and restoration of the cemetery.

Please direct all questions, media requests, and other information to their site by clicking here.

Use the link to the right to e-mail the Rosa Bonheur Society or go to their Web site.

Cleaning days are every sunday from 10:30 am until 2pm.

Thank you everyone that has helped restore the cemetery to its original beauty. Its something we should all be proud of.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Headstone Mapping Progress

First of all I'd like to thank Candy and James for all of their hard work in keeping the cemetery mowed and beautiful while we take on the mapping part. The cemetery looks beautiful and we're happy to see so many flowers and placements out there.

Betty, Dan, Dave, Gil, and I went out this morning and started the low mow, map and document of the first row. We're starting on the left hand side, working our way clockwise through to map every headstone. Using metal detectors and probes, Dave was able to find a few pretty buried headstones and raise them. We're using a camera with an attached GPS to document the placement of each headstone, and also documenting the full script of the headstones. Our hope is to have an online place for everyone to find their pets, see a picture of the headstone and its location in the future.

This will be a very slow project, one we'll do when the weather and our schedules permit.

In the meantime, enjoy the beauty of the cemetery.


Sunday, June 03, 2007

How Your Delegate Voted

The following is the result of the Economic Matters Committee vote on SB797




If you delegate (like mine) voted against SB797, please call, write, or e-mail them and ask them why they voted against passing this bill to the House for a vote.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Future work at Bonheur

A year and a half ago we started this effort to restore and provide a means to ensure that Rosa Bonheur and other pet cemeteries would be fairly regulated in the state of Maryland.

Its been tough work, but something all of us have enjoyed not only seeing the cemetery come back alive with flowers, memorials and visitors, but also something we've taken pride in doing.

One of our goals initially was to restore Bonheur to a workable and easily maintained state in the hopes that the owner would realize the importance of the cemetery, and take over the responsibility of maintaining his property. Unfortunately it seems that he is either unable, or unwilling to do this.

Another of our goals was to document, catalog, photograph, and map out the cemetery to show its historical value to Howard County, and to provide a history of the cemetery.

Unfortunately, the maintenance of the cemetery has required that the corps of volunteers spend most of their time fighting the ever growing grass, weeds, and debris each week and has not allowed us the time to document the occupants, find missing plots for people, or work on the bill and lobbying for its passing.

In light of this, we will be discontinuing the weekly mowing of the cemetery and will be concentrating on:
Mapping and documenting the headstones
Working on the bill and lobbying for its passing in the 2008 General Assembly

What this means is that we will be going out when we can to low mow sections of the cemetery. We will be plotting out the cemetery with string and flags again, concentrating only on small sections. Once that section has been plotted and mapped, we will move to another section. In this time, we will not be maintaining the cemetery, and invariably it will grow over again.

We encourage plot owners to make complaints to the Maryland Attorney General, the Howard County Consumer Protection personnel, and your Maryland Senators and Delegates regarding the upkeep of the cemetery, the breach of contract for perpetual care, and any other complaints regarding the upkeep of the property. One of the main arguments for the bill not passing this year was the claim that nobody had complained at all about pet cemeteries in the state of Maryland. We hope you will take advantage of the various agencies and lodge formal complaints about the disposition of the cemetery.

We appreciate everyone's words of support and hope you understand our need to complete the work that we set out to do, which is to document the cemetery, and save it from development.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

12 May 2007 Update

I wanted to thank:
Betty and Dan
Candy and Jason

For coming out to help us mow on saturday!

We got quite a lot accomplished saturday and it looks really nice.

I didn’t get a chance to meet Eddie, but apparently he use to be a groundskeeper at Bonheur back when Marilyn ran the cemetery. He had his mowing equipment and kindly helped out where he could, thank you so much.

Candy and Jason did a great job on the triangle, it looks really nice.

We’ll send out the word when the next mowing will take place.

Thanks to everyone for your support!


Sunday, May 06, 2007


We need your help maintaining the cemetery.

On 12 May 2007 from 10am until 2pm we'll be having a mow fest.

Bring your lawnmowers and drinking water and help us fight the growing grass of Bonheur!

If you don't have a lawnmower, you can still help. We need people to walk in front of the mowers and move the flowers and ornaments so the mowers can mow!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Update on SB 797

As you may have guessed by now, SB 797 was killed in the House Business Regulations sub-committee. I will be receiving a copy of the vote in that sub-committee and posting who voted for what in the near future.

What’s next?

Well, same as usual for us. The volunteers will be trying out a new schedule for maintaining Bonheur. Instead of every Sunday, we will be trying out a marathon mow session one weekend a month to see if that will work as far as keeping the grass to a reasonable level. We certainly don’t expect the owner to lift a finger to help, but if you would like to help, we’ll send out the schedule well in advance. Anyone with lawnmowers are more than welcome, and if you don’t have a lawnmower, come out anyway, we need people who can lift the flowers, ornaments, and other items while we mow.

We will be contacting Senators and Delegates during the “off season” and will be actively lobbying the bill for next year. We hope to have sponsors in both the House and Senate next year so that we can push the bill through both places at once and get it passed finally.

What can you do? Complain. Complain to Howard County, complain to the cemetery oversight committee, complain to your Delegates and Senators, complain, complain, complain! I’ll send out a contact list of people you can complain to throughout the year.

We need people to complain about this problem, because we apparently haven’t made it clear that there is a problem, despite all of our work and press.

I wanted to thank all of you for helping us out this year, and in the next year until the Session starts again in January 2008.

The Bonheur Volunteers