News From Vale

April 21, 2014

Transition Schenectady is partnering with Vale Cemetery to create the Vale Urban Farm.

Please consider helping by donating your time or providing financial assistance. All contributions are tax-deductible.

"All food at the Vale Urban Garden is grown organically, using no pesticides or herbicides. We work together with the cemetery, beautifying our acre to enhance this stunningly gorgeous piece of land and history in the heart of Schenectady. The cemetery is generous with its' resources, helping us out with the use of their facilities in various ways. We couldn't do it without them! Last fall, they bundled and dropped huge bales of leaves that became our winter mulch and will gradually become our fertilizer as well,, keeping them out of the landfill as they enrich our soil."

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March 17, 2014

The 1st Public Tour of the 2014 season at Vale Cemetery/Park will be on Sunday, April 6th at 2 p.m. Naturalist Amy Reilly Veino will narrate the walk through the 100 acre urban green space and explain the birds species, exotic trees, protected wildflowers, small animals in the park and the aquatic life in the man made lakes of the unique ecosystem.

The tour begins at 2 p.m. from the Caretaker’s House at 907 State Street. Donation $7 (children free). For more information call 346-0423.

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December 3, 2013

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As one of only two annual fundraisers, Vale Cemetery is once again offering Holiday Wreaths.

There are two sizes available, 22" and 32" inch and they a priced at $35 and $100 respectively.

All wreaths are fresh cut Balsam and will be placed on the plot(s)you specify.

You can download an order form or contact the cemetery office at (518) 346-0423 during normal business hours for more information.


Also available for download is the Fall 2013 Newsletter in PDF format.

Alternatively, you can subscribe to an infrequent -- not more than a few times a year -- electronic newsletter.

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September 6, 2013

Clark Adams has served Vale Cemetery for more than 20 years – and as superintendent since 2006.

His family lived in the Vale neighborhood and he began working part-time here while still in high school. Even as he continued his education at Union College, Clark became coordinator of the part-time workers. After earning his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, he advanced to foreman at Vale.

Breadth of Historical Knowledge

His lifelong acquaintance with Vale has resulted in his wealth of information about the cemetery and an encyclopedic knowledge of the thousands of gravesites. For example, he remembers what year each cemetery section was opened and knows the underground labyrinth of the utility and water lines. Helping those grieving

Clark is a hands-on supervisor at the crematory and a scrupulous record-keeper in strict compliance with State regulations. His reputation with Capital Region funeral directors and many outside the area is one of accountability, consistency, and compassion. He often helps them meet the special needs of grieving families. It is not uncommon for him to come in after hours – nights, weekends, or holidays – to help funeral directors or out-of-town relatives of the deceased.

Clark and his small but capable staff can be depended upon to keep the crematory operating, the cemetery equipment well maintained, the cemetery roads plowed, and the finances in proper order.

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September 3, 2013

Vale is developing a green burial section, The Dell at Vale, to accommodate those desiring a natural, simple, back-to-the-elements, final resting place.

The “green burial” option is gaining national popularity and wider acceptance as individuals embrace this method of final disposition for many reasons.

The “Traditional” Way

Many people prefer the eco-friendly methods used before embalming. Typically, a green burial is when the body is returned directly to the soil in a way that doesn’t inhibit the natural decomposition process.

Not Just for Green Thinkers

Along with the “back to nature”-type thinkers, there are those who oppose the large permanent monuments and expensively maintained cemetery landscapes whose upkeep require the use of herbicides, fertilizers, and gasoline-powered equipment.

The ecology movement promotes natural burial in a wildflower meadow setting. Nationwide, green burial areas are being developed in established cemeteries and as exclusive burial sites.

Architect/Vale board member, Frank Gilmore, proved instrumental in designing The Dell. He supervised the construction, landscaping, the selection and placement of trees and wildflowers, and laid out the paths and berms.

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