Grave matter for cemetery

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Caretaker Pat Armendariz checks the sprinklers at the Valley Lawn Cemetery south of Montrose. Armendariz said he was grateful because he could get back to watering the lawns after a neighbor of the cemetery paid an $800 water bill. The owner of the cemetery abruptly left in December, leaving Valley Lawn and its paid clients in limbo.


Fiscal health of Valley Lawn - and its future - in doubt

The important thing, and everyone could agree on this, was that Montrose’s Valley Lawn Cemetery look nice for Memorial Day — grass cut, weeds kept at bay, the last of autumn and winter raked up.
So, that’s what happened. A community volunteer cleanup day May 2, plus the efforts of caretaker Pat Armendariz, and visitors to the cemetery Monday were met with green, trimmed grass, uncluttered headstones and the peaceful canopy of mature trees framing a background of snow-capped San Juans.
The question, then, is: Now what?

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