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Letter to the Editor: Farmers market would disturb grieving families

on April 06, 2014 2:00 AM

After reading recent letters to the editor urging borough residents to support a move of the downtown farmers’ market in Indiana to IRMC Park on North Seventh Street, I felt compelled to respond. I completely support the downtown farmers’ market, but I am not in favor of moving the Wednesday market to IRMC Park.

I work at Robinson-Lytle Inc., a funeral home on North Seventh Street. The hours of the Wednesday market would not be conducive to the operation of this funeral home, one of the oldest businesses in downtown Indiana. Most visiting hours at this funeral home are held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

We have all experienced the loss of a loved one. But does anybody take into consideration what it is like to have a visitation and/or funeral service and be distracted by an event in the park while a family is mourning the loss of their husband, wife, child, father, mother, brother, sister or other family member, or have to detour your funeral procession because of an event in the park?

How rude and inconsiderate! Put yourself in their place. Would you appreciate the invasion of crowds and music during a service for your loved one? These families, who have been coming to this funeral home for the past 96 years, deserve better.

Imagine the elderly or those coming from out of town, who will have difficulty locating the entrance to the funeral home because of the traffic barriers. We encountered enough of this during the construction phase of IRMC Park.

How do you think Robinson-Lytle can continue to operate and serve our families in a respectful and dignified manner with these interruptions? The market has been held successfully downtown at South Eighth Street for many years, without interrupting other businesses. My question to borough council: Was it the intention to use IRMC Park for merchants to sell their wares? What will be the response when the car dealers wish to sell used cars every Thursday? Or when the crafters wish to sell their paintings and sculptures every Tuesday?

Seventh Street has unofficially become “the heart of downtown Indiana.” But, I urge council members to think with their hearts and deny this request to move the farmers’ market,so the peaceful and serene atmosphere may continue at the funeral home and not disrupt families while grieving a loved one.

Deborah B. Stolitza


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