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Eagle Scout Projects

Eagle Scout installs section signs Something new has occured at Oakdale. We had experienced two Eagle Scout Projects recently in November. The first by Mr. Tavis McFadyen and Troop #13 who spruced up the entrance to Oakdale. They created two new planting beds at the entrance, planted two new oaks just inside the gates, planted daffodil bulbs at the flagpole and sodded the front yard of the office. They also cleared unwanted vegetative debris along the 15th Street corridor. The second by Mr. Joey Keiner and Troop #234 installed 87 new sections signs. The signs were placed in the old part of the cemetery as well as the new section known as the Live Oak section. We are most grateful for all of these new improvements. Combined, they logged over 300 man hours to complete these projects. We thank those who supported these projects – Super Sod for donating the sod and The Friends of Oakdale Cemetery for the plant material and the section signs. Now we have a beautiful entrance along with signs that will help families and visitors find the sections more easily. James Blue and B.S.A. Troop #26 of Wilmington install the final round of section signs for the Annex and Memorial Park portion of the cemetery. A fine day was spent on Saturday March 14, 2009 as the installation of 32 signs were erected and placed in this area. We greatly appreciate the efforts and hard work of James and his troop as these signs will provide the guidance to those who visit this area of the cemetery for many years to come. We would also like to especially thank The Friends of Oakdale Cemetery for their support and funding of this worthwhile project.

Where Angels and Mortals Meet

FRIENDS OF OAKDALE CEMETERY RELEASES DOCUMENTARY DVD Friends of Oakdale Cemetery announce the availability of a new documentary, Oakdale Cemetery, Where Angles and Mortals Meet. It tells the story of Oakdale, North Carolina’s first Rural cemetery, opened in 1855. The DVD is available at retail and museum gift shops. The retail price is $15.00. If purchased at the Oakdale Cemetery Office (520 N 15th Street), members of the Friends receive a $2.00 discount. Donald Koonce, a native Wilmingtonian and owner of Ferncreek Creative, Greenville, SC, produced the documentary. Koonce is an award winning film and video producer who specializes in documentary work. He has produced and directed special documentaries for NASA, The Gettysburg National Battlefield Park, The National Air and Space Museum and numerous museums throughout the country. His production for the South Carolina State Museum, “Destiny’s People: Stories of South Carolina” was awarded an international CINE “Golden Eagle” by the Committee for International Nontheatrical Events. Wilmington photographer, Melva Calder, shot additional still photographs which Koonce used throughout the documentary.

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