Cemetery needs volunteers’ help

Jodelle Greiner/Register: The storm that hit the area Saturday morning did quite a bit of damage in Greenwood Cemetery in western Brookings. The wind tore up a couple of trees by the roots in the middle of the cemetery; one knocked into a pine and left it leaning (top picture). Another tree was broken at the trunk on the western edge of the cemetery (bottom picture).

Downed trees will be removed at Greenwood Wednesday

BROOKINGS – The Greenwood Cemetery board is asking for volunteers to help clean up the mess left by Saturday morning’s storm, according to Lonnie Bayer, president of the Greenwood Cemetery Association.

“We can save some money if we have some volunteers,” Bayer said.

Two trees were uprooted and eight more are broken in some way, he said. The city has said two elms must also come down.

The cemetery board has hired DNK Cemetery Services and M&J Tree Service to remove 12 trees and trim some others for a total of $14,900. 

Bayer said the professionals have put aside some other work to help out the cemetery, but he would like some volunteers to help pick up branches and limbs.

Those who are willing to work should gather at 10 a.m. Wednesday by the garage located in the southeast corner of the cemetery. Bayer advised they should wear gloves and bring plenty of insect repellant and water.

He’s hoping to get it done in two to three hours, adding that if a lot of volunteers show up, it might take less time.

Bayer said the cemetery board was also taking donations to off-set the cost of the clean-up.

“There’s no money in our budget for this,” he said.

Greenwood Cemetery is located on West Eighth Street South, past Western Avenue, on the south side of the street.

For more information, call Bayer at 690-7521.

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