News From Vale

November 29, 2016

Every few years, Vale has received a used truck as a tax -deductible donation. 

A truck would be ten years or so years old and close to the end of its useful life. The vehicle is used only within the ceme- tery/park for picking up branches, leaves, and pulling the trailer for transporting dirt. The most recent contributed pickup truck had to be scrapped. 

Do you have a vehicle with a few years life in it that Vale could use? You’ll get a tax deduction for its value. Please call 518-346-0423.

November 29, 2016

As one of only two annual fundraisers, Vale Cemetery is once again offering Holiday Wreaths. There are two sizes available, 22" and 32" inch and they are priced at $35 and $100 respectively.

All wreaths are fresh cut Balsam and will be placed on the plot(s)you specify.

You can download an order form or contact the cemetery office at (518) 346-0423 during normal business hours for more information.

October 20, 2015

The Victorian Lady Visits Vale Sunday, November 1st, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Sue McLane, the Victorian Lady, will lead a 2 hour guided tour through this historic cemetery as "a woman in mourning for lost ones." Dressed in antique clothing, Sue is an award winning historic interpreter studying the social history of the 19th century as an independent scholar since 1991. We'll meet at the caretaker's cottage 907 State Street and start off at 2 p.m. in the transport buses stopping at over a dozen different places in the 100 acre cemetery. Sue will share information about death and dying in the 19th century, diseases and their treatment, mourning customs and their origins and the development of Vale as a non-denominational urban resting place. A donation of $7 per person is suggested with children under 12 years of age admitted free. For more information please call 346-0423.

May 12, 2015

Saturday, May 16th at 8:30am ornithologist Neal Reilly leads a FREE guided bird walk in the 100 Acre Urban Greenspace and Wildlife Preserve. Both experienced and beginning bird watchers are welcomed. See the migratory species and year round native habitat birds. Meet at the caretaker’s house at 907 State St., Schenectady.

May 12, 2015

Vale will observe Memorial Day at 10:30 a.m., May 25th with a formal ceremony. Taps, a flag raising, and the National Anthem will be on the program. Veterans’ groups representing all military branches will participate. Local dignitaries will speak briefly at the Veterans’ Plot. Participants will assemble at Vale’s main entrance at 907 State St.

Since 1866 we have honoured the memories of our loved ones who have served in all the wars and most especially, those who made the ultimate sacrifice to our country. It is also a time to remember departed friends and family.

Again this year, Vale is offering to plant potted red geraniums (three plants per pot) on specified graves, which will last through the summer. The FIRST POT purchase is $35 and each additional pot is $25. The price includes the planting and careful maintenance of the entire plot. Two or more plots are recommended.

More information and downloadable order form.

November 07, 2014

This year’s eight public tours, from April to November, were well attended. The bus provided by Union College was always filled to capacity and the overflow was accommodated by Vale’s own 25-passenger bus. (Incidentally, the vintage 1989 bus is in need of re-pair. Anyone with mechanical skills would be most welcome to tackle the project.)

2014 Presenters

This year’s presenters were: Amy Reilly Veino, Sue McLane (two tours), Tom Kelly, Laura Linder, Frank Taormina, Scott Haeffner, and Paul Tracy. Topics

Their topics included: a nature walk, "Notable Women," "Victorian Lady in Mourning," WWI com-memoration, Dutch settlers, Under-ground Railroad, the Revolutionary War, and epitaphs and cenotaphs.

Tour advertising expenses ex-ceeded donations from the tours this year, but those attending ap-preciate Vale’s history and the cemetery’s beauty, often leaving with a new opinion of Vale as a community asset that is safe and a good place to honor the memory of loved ones.

October 20, 2014
Solar panels

The Vale Crematory is the source of 95 per-cent of funds necessary for the cemetery operation. The crematory operates uses liquid propane fuel at a cost of approximately $72,000 per year.

Savings from Natural Gas

Converting the crematory to natural gas would result in a saving of more than $30,000 annually. This change requires bringing a gas line in from Mynderse Street. However, the proposed line is a long distance and the cost would be significant, estimated at $100,000. Financial contributions are needed for this project.


Preliminary research is underway to deter-mine if solar power would be feasible in supplying some of Vale’s electric power needs. Solar panels could be installed on the large flat roof of the crematory’s garage. This location is approximately a half mile from State Street and not visible to passing traffic.

October 07, 2014
Urban farmers at Vale

For a few years, the unused land at the Brandywine Ave. section was used as a vegetable garden for the organization Roots & Wisdom. In a grant-supported program, youths were taught agriculture, food production and nutrition. The youths participating in the program came from urban minority neighborhoods and suburban affluent neighborhoods alike.

Produce grown was sold at a Fehr Avenue stand to program subscribers. However, Roots & Wisdom ended the Vale garden due to reduction in grant support.

Transitions is now gardening in Vale. The Vale Urban Farm has an innovative model whereby people contribute eight hours per month of garden work for a percentage of what is grown. A 10 foot by 10 foot community garden plot is available to people contributing two hours of volunteer work to the large garden plot.

Produce from the garden is contributed to the Schenectady Day Nursery and City Mission's meal program. Crops grown included tomatoes, cabbage', collard, peppers, radishes, lettuce, broccoli, spinach, and arugula.
Cathy Winter is the project coordinator. For details, visit

April 21, 2014

Transition Schenectady is partnering with Vale Cemetery to create the Vale Urban Farm.

Please consider helping by donating your time or providing financial assistance. All contributions are tax-deductible.

"All food at the Vale Urban Garden is grown organically, using no pesticides or herbicides. We work together with the cemetery, beautifying our acre to enhance this stunningly gorgeous piece of land and history in the heart of Schenectady. The cemetery is generous with its' resources, helping us out with the use of their facilities in various ways. We couldn't do it without them! Last fall, they bundled and dropped huge bales of leaves that became our winter mulch and will gradually become our fertilizer as well,, keeping them out of the landfill as they enrich our soil."

Download promotional flyer.

March 17, 2014

The 1st Public Tour of the 2014 season at Vale Cemetery/Park will be on Sunday, April 6th at 2 p.m. Naturalist Amy Reilly Veino will narrate the walk through the 100 acre urban green space and explain the birds species, exotic trees, protected wildflowers, small animals in the park and the aquatic life in the man made lakes of the unique ecosystem.

The tour begins at 2 p.m. from the Caretaker’s House at 907 State Street. Donation $7 (children free). For more information call 346-0423.


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