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Non-profit looks for volunteers to clean up historic cemeteries

Deadwood Pioneer Cemetery is looking for volunteers to help on May 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Photo by Ellen Meny

EUGENE, Ore. - The non-profit group SOLVE Oregon wants to make sure Oregon's historic cemeteries are ready for Memorial Day visitors - and they're asking for your help.

The non-profit is hosting Historic Cemetery Cleanup Day on May 12. They're inviting volunteers to historic cemeteries across Oregon to pull up weeds, clear brush and scrub headstones.

Deadwood Pioneer Cemetery is one of the historic cemeteries on SOLVE's list. The cemetery is run by a group of dedicated volunteers and board members, so the help is appreciated.

"The more people you have, the more you can accomplish," Deadwood Pioneer Cemetery Secretary Megan Gerber says.

It's especially helpful because the cemetery plans to expand.

Gerber says the board is planning to build paths, a Veterans Memorial Wall, a gazebo and an ash garden. They're also planning to hire a groundskeeper. This work is all part of the board's ultimate goal to make Deadwood Pioneer Cemetery a place where the community can gather.

"This is going to be here forever. We want it to be something to last throughout the future for the community," Gerber says.

The Deadwood Pioneer Cemetery cleanup will take place on May 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers are asked to bring gardening tools, gloves and drinking water.

The cemetery is also holding a clean up day on Saturday, May 5.



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