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Press photos by Paul CmilThese recently planted dogwood trees are part of the enhancement project at Coplay Cemetery. Press photos by Paul CmilThese recently planted dogwood trees are part of the enhancement project at Coplay Cemetery.
Prospective Eagle Scout Ed Miller is ready to help with the project. He is waiting on approval from the Eagle Scout review board. Prospective Eagle Scout Ed Miller is ready to help with the project. He is waiting on approval from the Eagle Scout review board.
Scout leader Richard Bealer, Don and Ed Miller, Sandy Taplar and Karl Korsak take a moment in front of the columbarium at Coplay Cemetery, Ninth and Oak streets. Scout leader Richard Bealer, Don and Ed Miller, Sandy Taplar and Karl Korsak take a moment in front of the columbarium at Coplay Cemetery, Ninth and Oak streets.

Eagle Scout project benefits cemetery

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Future Eagle Scout Ed Miller volunteered to help with an enhancement project at Coplay Cemetery, Ninth and Oak streets.

Sandy Taplar and her brother Karl Korsak are part of the team managing the cemetery. The cemetery committee had a plan approved, and Miller is waiting on approval from the Eagle Scout review board to approve the project.

Piles of dirt in front of the columbarium will be leveled, and a stone walkway will be installed on the front and back of the columbarium. The narrower side will be landscaped with low-level plantings. The plan is to have the project completed this summer with a formal dedication in the fall.

The columbarium is a recent addition. There are 24 niches.

“We wanted to add some landscaping around the columbarium to make the area more attractive,” Taplar said.

The administrators purchased the columbarium from Northampton Memorial with the stipulation that it be American made.

Korsak is the caretaker and coordinates keeping the grounds well-kept.

“We added dogwood trees around the perimeter of the cemetery, and that has brightened things up,” he said.

The cemetery started with the earliest settlers in Coplay — the first burials were around 1875 — and continues today with family-oriented plots.

“This is not a church-affiliated cemetery, so anyone can ask to be buried here,” Taplar said. “There was a time when you could buy eight plots, and a lot of people did, which is why there are family headstones grouped together.”

The Korsak family has plots at the cemetery.

“There are some people who don’t even know we have the cemetery here. This is a project to help make this a place for thoughtful contemplation,” Taplar said.