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Local cemetery gets TLC

10/10/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Lew Stamp
SOUTH AKRON — Mount Hope Cemetery got some much needed tender loving care Oct. 5 as volunteers descended on the site to address several needs.

John Eaton, customer service administrator for the city of Akron, said many people were motivated to help at the cemetery after local media attention showed the state of the site, which is one of Akron’s oldest cemeteries. He added that about 70 people came out on Saturday to work, piling up 16 yards of tree debris and gathering 55 bags of trash.

Lending a hand that day were Uniontown resident Ed Cikity, Green resident Lynn Cikity and Norton resident Paula Cikity, who are shown at right top, from left, as they pull a tarp of debris.

Piles of branches are shown above as another volunteer works nearby.

Pictured at right bottom is city of Akron employee Susan Culver as she removes downed branches.

While some of the volunteers were family members of those buried at Mount Hope, the cemetery was also one of several sites addressed by youths that day as part of the Big Day of Serving. Group Mission Trips, a nonprofit group, organized the effort that brought teenagers from youth groups and churches throughout Ohio and surrounding states to help with projects at various sites in the city, according to city of Akron officials.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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