Volunteers are being sought to help out with cleaning the Marengo Cemetery on the corner of N. East St. and Jackson St. During the winter winds and weather, branches, pinecones, and other detritus tend to accumulate. Homeowners tend to spend late winter and early spring weekends cleaning up their own yards. The Marengo Cemetery Board of Managers has a huge job in front of them in clearing acres worth of winter’s accumulation from the property.

“We are looking for volunteers, individuals and groups to help us do a spring cleaning,” said Diane Oranger. “We have time slots available, but if everyone wants to show up at the same time, that’s fine too. We can get it all done.

“We will be working from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15. We will be starting at the northeast corner of the cemetery. We will be dividing it into sections for workers to concentrate on, clearing one area, and moving on to the next. We will be offering a light lunch and drinks for those that come to help us.

“We will be providing gloves and trash bags. Feel free to bring any clippers, shears, and rakes you have available.

“I am reaching out to groups in the community. It would be nice to get as many as we can to come help and make short work of tidying and making the Marengo Cemetery look presentable after winter’s ravages.”

For further information or to reserve your spot, please call Diane Oranger, 815-568- 8250. Volunteer sign-in on that weekend will be at the Cemetery Garage located in the northeast corner of the cemetery.

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