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September 17, 2012

Evergreen Cemetery revived

Volunteers restore Keeseville cemetery to its former glory

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Woodsmen of the World donated flags, which are placed on veterans’ graves before Memorial Day and taken off after Veterans Day.

“We are run strictly on donations,” Mrs. Venette said. “We want to keep the cemetery in the pristine condition it’s in.”

REMARKABLE CHANGE

Eighty-year-old Hazel LaBounty of Saranac Lake has family members at Evergreen Cemetery, and she praised the Venettes for the job they’ve done cleaning up the property.

“Those people have worked so hard. They’re very civic-minded. It was terrible in the past; it was a mess. There was a fountain in the front, it hadn’t been running for years, and they got that going. They did so much.”

The work they did restoring tombstones is also exemplary, LaBounty said.

“They used a pressure cleaner. Now, 100-year-old stones look brand new. They were so bad you couldn’t read them.”

LaBounty said they’ve also planted trees and done landscaping to make Evergreen look great again.

“They had the gates redone. It looks like a park now. It has improved so much it’s remarkable.”

Email Lohr McKinstry: lmckinstry@pressrepublican.com

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