This year’s eight public tours, from April to November, were well attended.
The bus provided by Union College was always filled to capacity and the overflow was accommodated by Vale’s own 25-passenger bus. (Incidentally, the vintage 1989 bus is in need of re-pair. Anyone with mechanical skills would be most welcome to tackle the project.)
This year’s presenters were: Amy Reilly Veino, Sue McLane (two tours), Tom Kelly, Laura Linder, Frank Taormina, Scott Haeffner, and Paul Tracy. Topics
Their topics included: a nature walk, "Notable Women," "Victorian Lady in Mourning," WWI com-memoration, Dutch settlers, Under-ground Railroad, the Revolutionary War, and epitaphs and cenotaphs.
Tour advertising expenses ex-ceeded donations from the tours this year, but those attending ap-preciate Vale’s history and the cemetery’s beauty, often leaving with a new opinion of Vale as a community asset that is safe and a good place to honor the memory of loved ones.