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Cascade Metal Recycling
When several cemetery items were brought into Cascade Metal Recycling in Grants Pass a year ago, one of the company’s owners, Lynn Roemer, contacted police. When a police investigation into the items went nowhere, the items continued to sit and wait at the recycling facility.
But Roemer didn’t sit still. Instead, she contacted the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries to locate the cemetery where the marker belonged. For her extra effort, the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office has given Roemer a Heritage Stewardship Recognition Certificate.
 “This was the first time I have heard from a scrap metal company looking to return items to a cemetery,” said Kuri Gill, the historic cemeteries program coordinator.
Gill referred Roemer to Jean Boling, a local historian and writer who is the local cemetery expert at the Josephine County Historical Society. Using burial records and photographs, she has confirmed the items were from Laurel Cemetery. Boling is in communication with the Laurel Cemetery and the police to resolve the legal issues and get the items back in place
“Cascade Recycling really deserves this award for its extra effort,” stated Boling, noting that with limited funding and time police can’t always track down answers.
Added Kendell Phillips, a Cave Junction resident who serves on the Oregon Commission for Historic Cemeteries, “Cascade Metal Recycling really has set an example for other companies to follow. It is a true friend to our local cemeteries.”


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