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Business news in brief: Beard Mortuary offering 'green' funeral services

Mar. 04, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Beard Mortuary offering 'green' funeral services

HUNTINGTON -- In conjunction with Rosemount Memorial Gardens of Huntington, Beard Mortuary has met the criteria for providing "green" funeral services by the Green Burial Council; a tax exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmental sustainability in the funeral profession.

Green burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that furthers legitimate ecological aims, such as the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker health and the restoration and/or preservation of habitat.

Green services allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic or non-biodegradable materials/chemicals. Fully bio-degradable caskets and shrouds are made available to enclose and transport the deceased.

The burial is then made directly in the earth at the new Rosemount Memorial Gardens green burial section with no vault. This allows the body to return to its natural elements in the way that nature intended. Body preparation suitable for a green funeral service accommodated by Beard Mortuary consists of the use of all natural topical sprays and compounds and/or arterial embalming with natural essential oils. No formaldehyde based chemicals are used.

Home wakes, public visitations, church funerals and graveside services are options that may be arranged within the time frame that a green funeral allows.

For more information, contact Shane Ritchie at Beard Mortuary, 304-522-8253, on the web at www.beardmortuary.com, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beard

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Chandler's earns accreditation for quality woodwork

HUNTINGTON -- Chandler's Plywood Products of Huntington recently earned accreditation by the Architectural Woodwork Institute's Quality Certification Corporation (AWI QCC.)

Accreditation is earned by woodworking firms that, through comprehensive testing and inspection, demonstrate the ability to fabricate, finish or install woodwork in accordance with the quality grade criteria set forth in the Architectural Woodwork Standards (AWS).

The AWS, published in the fall of 2009, is the single North American standard for the fabrication, finishing and installation of custom, interior architectural woodwork. It is the recognized North American standard for fine architectural woodwork, encompassing more than a century of combined industry expertise by AWI, the Woodwork Institute and the Architectural Woodwork Manufacturers Association of Canada.

Chandler's is accredited to fabricate, finish and install quality-grade casework and countertops.

State hosts meeting on how to get tourism grants

HUNTINGTON -- The West Virginia Department of Tourism will be at Unlimited Future Inc. at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 26, to discuss the Tourism Matching Advertising Partnership Program (MAPP).

The program provides matching funds for innovative and effective advertising projects that increase tourism in West Virginia. The purpose of the program is to extend the advertising resources of the tourism industry through partnerships, support advertising strategies (both small and large), provide incentive and opportunity for tourism growth, and to help communities to improve the local economy by strengthening West Virginia's tourism.

Anyone interested in whether a business, festival, fair or location is eligible to take advantage of these matching grants is invited to attend this free event.

It is sponsored by The Cabell Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau and Unlimited Future, Inc. Business Incubator.

Unlimited Future, Inc. is located at 1650 8th Ave. in Huntington. To register or with questions call 304-697-3007 or go to www.unlimitedfuture.org.

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