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Shepard Settlement: Cemetery under consideration for designation

On June 22, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will do something to help preserve a piece of Shepard Settlement history.

The review board will be taking the Shepard Settlement Cemetery under consideration for nomination to the National and State Registers of Historic Places, said town Supervisor Terri Roney during the board's meeting June 3.

"We're very happy we've come this far," Roney said.

Town Historian Beth Batlle has been working to have the cemetery designated for the last several months.

According to a letter from the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the registers are the federal and state governments' official lists of historic properties worthy of preservation.

"Listing in the registers provides recognition of our national, state and local heritage and assistance in preserving it," Ruth Pierpont, director of the division for historic preservation, wrote in the letter.

Being listed in the national and state registers also affords properties some protection from the effects of federal or state sponsored or assisted projects, provides eligibility for certain federal tax provisions and renders certain properties eligible for federal and state preservation grants.

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