GAHANNA, Ohio – The Mifflin Township Service Department is reminding cemetery visitors that starting on Nov. 15, artificial flowers and decorations will be allowed on the ground or on the headstone. Artificial flowers maybe left until March 15.
“Oftentimes families visit their loved ones graves on Thanksgiving weekend, and, while we only allow live flowers during spring through the fall, we wanted to remind visitors of the change in the rules from Nov. 15 through mid-March,” said Daril Tharp, Mifflin Township Service Director.
As a reminder, artificial flowers should be securely fastened to the headstone or on the ground. According to cemetery officials, winter brings high winds and snow storms through Ohio and artificial flowers not securely fastened often end up scattered across the cemetery grounds.
Visitors to graves are reminded that any obstruction protruding from the ground that hinders cemetery maintenance is prohibited, such as shepherd hooks, solar lights and seasonal/decorative flag holders. All small items must be secured to the base of the stone, not on the ground. Additionally, glass vases and other glass items are not allowed in the cemetery for safety reasons.
For a complete list of the rules and regulations, visit http://mifflin-oh.gov/departments/cemetery/rules_and_regulations.php#.VgQRM8u6f3k to download a copy. Or stop by the Service/Cemetery Department office at 218 Agler Rd. and pick up a copy, call (614) 471-4494 or see the plastic boxes with copies of the rules posted throughout the cemeteries.