The Friends of Silverbrook Cemetery meet the third Thursday each month at 7 p.m. at the Niles Law Enforcement Complex, located at Main St and Silverbrook Ave.
In addition to discussing progress made with our restoration and education projects, we feature a Guest Speaker. Past speakers have given talks about the history of Niles, gravestone restoration, and biographies of leading citizens. Many of our members also have interests in genealogy and local history. Members, nonmembers, and guests are always welcome to attend at no cost.
Fall 2015 Trees and Flowers
- Published: April 7, 2016 April 7, 2016
The Friends of Silverbrook Cemetery Annual Open House meeting will be held on Thursday,
April 21st from 6-8 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Complex, 1500 Silverbrook Ave. in Niles.
Guest speakers will be Christina Arseneau, Niles History Center Director, and Mollie Kruck, NHC.
Discussion of upcoming plans for restoration projects, programs, and exhibit updates at the
NHC, including community collaboration to emphasize the history of our great City.
Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend. Bring a friend!
Hope to see you there!
- Published: August 11, 2015 August 11, 2015
Exciting news!!! See Niles Daily Star article re July 15 City Council Actions!
Niles prohibits parking on portion of Broadway Street
Niles Daily Star, Published 9:13am Wednesday, July 15, 2015
After a trial run, the Niles City Council voted unanimously on Monday to permanently prohibit parking on a portion of Broadway Street in order to improve traffic flow and the mobility of emergency service vehicles.
Parking is no longer allowed on Broadway Street between Fifth and Seventh streets.
Originally open to parking, the council approved a temporary traffic order prohibiting parking to that portion of Broadway Street in September of 2014 in order to facilitate traffic movement during construction of the new Main Street Bridge.
City staff determined that the parking ban was beneficial to everyday traffic movement, including fire and ambulance vehicles, during the temporary traffic order period.
Administrator Ric Huff and Public Works Director Joe Ray recommended that the council make it permanent.
Also Monday, the council:
• Scheduled a public hearing for 5:50 p.m. Aug. 10 to receive input from the community on the proposed 2016 budget.
• Approved a request by the parks and recreation board to sponsor the Niles Trails & Ales event in Riverfront Park July 31 to Aug. 2.
• Approved a request from the chamber of commerce to hold a craft beer and wine festival from 2 to 10 p.m. Aug. 1 in Riverfront Park.
• Approved a request from the Berrien County Cancer Service to hold a 5K fun run and walk on Second Street and in Plym Park beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.
• Accepted a proposal of $12,246 from Coldspring Memorial, of Coldspring, Minnesota, to supply a 48-niche columbarium to Silverbrook Cemetery. The council also authorized additional spending of up to $7,000 if necessary.
- Published: April 22, 2015 April 22, 2015
The Friends of Silverbrook would like to thank the LaRue Messenger American Legion Post 26 for their donation of two Medal of Honor flags, which will fly over Silverbrook's Medal of Honor winner, Corporal Joseph Nolan, who earned the high honor serving in the Philippines.
Corporal Nolan's grave can be seen from the corner of South Eleventh Street and Cherry Street.
The Friends purchased the flag pole, and appreciate the Legion's help in supplying the light blue flags which signify a Medal of Honor winner.
There is a photo of Corporal Nolan's Veteran marker on our website, however, no obituary was found in the Niles or South Bend papers at the time of his death.