The New Lomza Jewish Cemetery Renovation Project
2007 Report

            

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January 27, 2007
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Antoni Dudo submitted the work proposal to Lomza City Hall, the owner of the cemetery.
February 5, 2007

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Lomza vice-major Mr. M. Sorczynski authorized our Foundation to petition the Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments (Urzad Konserwatora Zabytkow) for permission to conduct the project. The extensively documented application was immediately submitted.
February 21, 2007

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The Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments (Urzad Konserwatora Zabytkow) granted us the permission to conduct the work.
 

March 21 - April 4, 2007

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The initial stage of the project is conducted by Henryk Skololowski and his crew, under direct and daily supervision of Marek Kaminski.

Trees that were in danger of falling on the graves were cut.  The entire grounds were manually tilled and grade and grass was sown. 


August 2007

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Presently, grass prevents the regrowth of weeds. From now on only occasional spraying with herbicides and regular grass cutting will be required to maintain the cemetery in  respectable shape.

Summary

As previously mentioned, every year, under daily supervision of Antoni Dudo the weeds were removed from the entire cemetery.  First they were cut by hand, then sprayed with herbicides.

Despite our repeated efforts the weeds were back the every year as if nothing was done.

Finally, in 2007 important progress was made. Thanks to three (2004, 2005, 2006) consecutive significant contributions from L. Foundation  (it
wishes to remain anonymous) we were able to save enough to plan and execute a major work project which included:

  • Removal of all weeds

  • Cutting multiple trees that were in danger of falling on the graves

  • Restoration of  the original topography of the grounds (when the houses were built along the N-W side of the cemetery some the fill was dumped on the cemetery grounds)

  • Manual tilling and grading of the cemetery grounds

  • Sowing grass

  • Periodically cutting the grass and spraying the remaining weeds with herbicides

  • Re-sowing grass if needed

Presently, grass prevents the regrowth of weeds. Therefore, from now on only occasional spraying with herbicides and regular grass cutting will be required to maintain the cemetery in  respectable shape. You are invited to review the detailed report of the project (left).

We hereby wish to express our deepest gratitude to L. Foundation whose invaluable support  has made this project possible.

 

August 2006 

August 2007

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