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Fall Mgmt Golf Tournament Winners

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Congratulations to the following people for their achievements in the Fall Management Golf Tournament, October 9 in Dana Point, CA.

The Winning Team each received a $100 American Express Gift Card = $400
Jeff Kidwiler, Nancy Green, Gary Fretag and Dan Garrison

Closest to the Pin - $75 to two winners
1. Mike Doherty - $75
2. Jeff Kidwiler - $75

Hole In One Winner - Jay Dodds - $100 and two tickets to anywhere Spirit Airlines flies.

Mike Austin - Longest Drive - $75

THANK YOU TO COLDSPRING for the generous donations of these prizes.

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PLPA Co-Chair responds to tragedy in Oklahoma

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Earlier today, PLPA Co-Chair Coleen Ellis, CPLP, sent a letter to two reporters in Tulsa, OK, who have been covering the tragic circumstances at Pets at Peace crematory in the metro area. Here is what it said:

Dear Ashlei King/Kendrick Marshall,

Thank you for the reporting that you have done on the tragedy in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, regarding the pets that did not receive their proper cremation from Pets at Peace.

The Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA) is an organization that is striving to increase the standards of business practices within the pet death care profession in an effort to prevent situations like this from occurring.

One way the PLPA is doing this is by increasing the awareness of the business practices within our profession. The PLPA released standardized model definitions and ethical organizational practices two years ago. The PLPA continues to make progress in this area, making sure that pet death care providers are aware of best practices. Through education and awareness, the PLPA has a mission of making sure pet parents and their beloved pets are represented by caring and ethical pet death care providers and not victims of these horrific practices.

Enclosed you will find PLPA’s a sampling of our model business standards and practices. In particular, we have enclosed:

Cremation Authorization and Disposition Form (this form should be completed for each pet, authorizing the specific type of cremation of the pet and the statistical information on that particular pet).
Definitions & Standards for the Cremation of Companion Animals  (the definitions include the various types of pet cremations that occur across the country).
   
It is our intent to continue to educate professionals as well as pet parents on the acceptable business practices for the final care of a pet's remains. Please let us know if there is additional information that we might provide to you in regards to our organization or this tragedy.

Warmly,
Coleen Ellis
PLPA Co-Chair
 

PLPA Co-Chair responds to tragedy in Oklahoma

Earlier today, PLPA Co-Chair Coleen Ellis, CPLP, sent a letter to two reporters in Tulsa, OK, who have been covering the tragic circumstances at Pets at Peace crematory in the metro area. Here is what it said:

Dear Ashlei King/Kendrick Marshall,

Thank you for the reporting that you have done on the tragedy in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, regarding the pets that did not receive their proper cremation from Pets at Peace.

The Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA) is an organization that is striving to increase the standards of business practices within the pet death care profession in an effort to prevent situations like this from occurring.

One way the PLPA is doing this is by increasing the awareness of the business practices within our profession. The PLPA released standardized model definitions and ethical organizational practices two years ago. The PLPA continues to make progress in this area, making sure that pet death care providers are aware of best practices. Through education and awareness, the PLPA has a mission of making sure pet parents and their beloved pets are represented by caring and ethical pet death care providers and not victims of these horrific practices.

Enclosed you will find PLPA’s a sampling of our model business standards and practices. In particular, we have enclosed:

Cremation Authorization and Disposition Form (this form should be completed for each pet, authorizing the specific type of cremation of the pet and the statistical information on that particular pet).
Definitions & Standards for the Cremation of Companion Animals  (the definitions include the various types of pet cremations that occur across the country).
   
It is our intent to continue to educate professionals as well as pet parents on the acceptable business practices for the final care of a pet's remains. Please let us know if there is additional information that we might provide to you in regards to our organization or this tragedy.

Warmly,
Coleen Ellis
PLPA Co-Chair
 

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Building a cemetery from scratch...

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I am a new parks and recreation director for the Village of Ruidoso, New Mexico.

We have a 20 acre land parcel that was donated to the city but no funds to build the cemetery so we are initiating an Endowment Fund for ongoing costs and perpetual care of the site.

A grant paid for the thinning of the trees and the city internally will be building the roads for the cemetery itself.

Our cemetery board at our last monthly meeting with them and the parks and recreation department had the following questions which I could not answer.

I joined the ICCFA for networking purposes because not having any resources or a cemetery sexton to oversee this component/division of my department is something that I have never faced.  Thus, the need to reach out to cemetery professionals with this area of expertise to assist us in building this cemetery.

Below are these questions:

* The average size of a military headstone and footstone is (i.e. the height, width and depth dimensions)?

* The average size of a Traditional headstone is (i.e. the height, width and depth dimensions)?

* Does a traditional headstone have a concrete footing support system to it?  If yes, what are these dimensions (i.e. the height, width and depth dimensions)?

* Does a traditional headstone require a concrete footing of some sort?

* What if a Traditional headstone is too cost prohibitive for a family to pay for on a burial... If yes, what are the dimensions for a Flat Marker (in place of a Tradtional headstone) in order to save costs?  What are the dimensions of a Flat Marker (ex: the height, width and depth dimensions)?

* What is the materials that a traditional headstone is made out of (ex: marble, granite, alabaster, etc.) and what is the most expensive type to least expensive type of these materials?

Please respond to my E-Mail Address at:  waltbratton@ruidoso-nm.gov

Thanks for your help.

Walt Bratton, CPRP, Director of Parks and Recreation

Village of Ruidoso - New Mexico

 

 

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