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Pennsylvania man gets support in efforts with used tractor to care for cemetery

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A cemetery in Pennsylvania is getting extra care from a man with a used tractor.
A cemetery in Pennsylvania is getting extra care from a man with a used tractor.

Although its residents probably don't care about having a tall lawn, others in a Pennsylvania town have used tractors to make a cemetery in the state back up to snuff for the living.

According to WJAC TV, Pennsylvania's Rumbarger Cemetery in Clearfield County has fallen into disrepair over a number of decades. However, Jefferson County resident Sam Ellzey has been working to try and return the burial ground to a better state, having used tractors and other equipment to cut down grass.

Recently, Ellzey heard that the city of DuBois is going to give him gas for the used tractors and trimmers he uses in his efforts. Meanwhile, volunteers have stepped up to help him with his work, including people from a local branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Members of the Mormon church will work at the cemetery twice a week to get it cleaned up and keep in maintained.

Many rural cemeteries may fall into disrepair as farmers either move away or sell their land. Meanwhile, the locations of other burial grounds may be lost to people today, as cemeteries were often moved to make room for additional farmland.ADNFCR-2034-ID-19809014-ADNFCR

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