WASHINGTON, IND. (WTHI) - A problem southern Indiana cemetery gets an infusion of helping hands.
Oak Grove Cemetery in Daviess County has had issues with management and upkeep for years.
Now, an effort has begun to get the cemetery presentable in time for Memorial Day.
The Oak Grove Cemetery is drowning in the tall grass.
Head stones are being swallowed and are difficult to find.
Once again the maintenance at one of the county's largest cemeteries has fallen behind.
"For a long time this has been an issue in our community," said Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit. "I've had a lot of folks ask me, is there any way that you can help and since this was a privately owned cemetery I was reluctant to do that, but I decided we were going to step up and fix things here."
The mowers and weed trimmers here were provided by local businesses, and the fuel was also donated.
The work is being done by a crew from the county's Resisting Addictions with Recovery and Education or RARE Program.
Oak Grove Cemetery has had maintenance issues for years.
It even has a new owner, but he can't keep up.
The sheriff says what is going on there is the right thing to do especially with Memorial Day right around the corner.
"We just felt like it needed to be cleaned up before Memorial Day so the community could see it the way it should be," said Harbstreit.
Officials say the project though is about more than mowing and clearing weeds around the graves of many families in the county.
It's also about teaching an important point.
"We teach in our RARE Program that we help our brothers and sisters," said Harbstreit. "We feel like this is helping our entire community."
Helping by clearing the grass and weeds and making Oak Grove Cemetery ready for the visitors who will be calling over the next weekend.
The clean-up was set up as a one time event, although officials says they are considering some smaller efforts in the future.
The sheriff also thanked Hoefling's Tractor and Paul's Snapper for providing the equipment.
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