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Lisbon cemetery board looking for help with weeds

LISBON — The village cemetery’s board request for help in getting the cemetery back in shape was such a success they are asking for volunteers to help again this Saturday.

Board president Barry James told village council at this week’s council meeting he is asking anyone with a weedwacker to show up at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to help clean up around the tombstones.

James did the same thing two weeks ago and 22 people with weedwackers showed up on June 13. He said they had fallen behind because of a retirement and they no longer have seasonal help to rely on, such as inmates from the federal prison and people ordered to perform community service as part of their sentence in local courts.

With the 4th of July approaching, James said he wants the cemetery to look its best for Independence Day.

Council did help out the cemetery board by hiring former helper William “Bill” McGuire to replace cemetery worker Dave Williams, who retired at the end of the May. The position is part-time, with McGuire to work 29 hours per week.

Council also scheduled the annual community cleanup day for Aug. 1 and contracted with Aarrow Disposal of Salem to pick up the items that are set out by residents. Aarrow is charging $9,950, the same as two years ago.

The event was originally scheduled for early May but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Council also voted to immediately open Willow Grove Park, which had been closed because of the coronavirus.

tgiambroni@mojonews.com

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