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Volunteers wanted to help with cemetery upkeep

JOHNSBURG - Local volunteers in the town of Johnsburg have come together and formed a committee to assist in the maintenance of the 28 cemeteries that exist in the town.

Currently, the mowing of the cemeteries is done by the parks and recreation department, but they have little extra time to accomplish the other necessary duties. Because of this, underbrush is overrunning many of the plots, stones have toppled, graves have sunken, requiring significant attention.

Johnsburg residents Judy Brown and Cherie Ferguson have stepped forward to organize the committee and hope that other interested persons will lend a hand.

"The cemeteries range in size from just a handful of stones like those located off Oven Mt. Road and Bartman Road, to massive sites like Union in North Creek and Bates in Johnsburg, and everything in between," said Ferguson. "They generate a lot of work."

Once assembled, the committee will break into groups and start to work on each cemetery.

"We have a handful of community members who are willing to help and we are looking for more," said Ferguson.

Anyone interested in assisting with this project can contact the town hall at 251-2421 ext. 21, email mail@johnsburgny.com or visit the town of Johnsburg Facebook page.

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