Last Updated: 2 April 2005
Received from Wayne Rettke 28 February 2005:
April 22 will be the kick-off for volunteer activity at Concordia Cemetery. This year, the Christian Youth Group from Delavan, New York will be bringing a busload of volunteers to complete the painting of the cemetery office and to do a general cleanup of the property. Others are welcome to come and help!
Received from Wayne Rettke on 23 December 2004:
The Concordia Cemetery Association wishes to thank all those who volunteered this year. They'll be putting out a new call for volunteers in late April after the snow melts...
Received from Wayne Rettke on 24 Oct 2004:
"We had a great work day on October 23, 2004. Some of the Lancaster Boy Scouts and their parents came to help Eagle Scout Christian Bauer fulfill his community service requirements. We are grateful for Christian's project and his continuing involvement with Concordia Cemetery. About 33 people came yesterday, a much improved number from our usual quota of volunteers. About 20 flat markers were found under the surface, brought up and set. The group also trimmed trees, weeded and helped in a general cleaning of the property. Concordia continues to be restored with your continued help."
The most recent lot owners meeting was held on Wednesday October 20th at 7pm at the Hank Nowak Post 45-AM-VETS/ 1210 Broadway in Buffalo.
From Diane Savatteri, Association President (13 September 2004):
We received NY State grants to repair the fence and the vandalized tomb stones. We have remodeled the house and repaired the road. The weekend of September 11-12, we cut all of the dead branches and bushes. A group of about five wonderful volunteers are at the cemetery every Saturday, helping people locate their loved ones. But we need more volunteers! We are having the grass cut....which is very expensive but a few volunteers cannot keep it up. We are now trying to secure adjacent city owned property so we can again have plots for sale. We are reseaching the history of Concordia as we found a trap door in the floor of the kitchen......rumors are that it was the site of an underground RR stop....we are trying to apply for grants to perpetuate the cemetery because the few volunteers cannot do it all. Our fund raiser earned a little and donations are few. So even if people live out of town, they can please help us do research and help write the grant proposals! Karen Kolb is planning a meeting of the Historical Committee for October. We are asking people who will share their families history with us to do so which will help us in our quest for grants as to the history and value of this historical cemetery. If you can help, please call (716)892-2909. THANK YOU!!!! We all need to work together to save this cemetery for future generations-so they do not forget the people buried there and how they built this city-there are so many stories to be told.