Eureka Springs Cemetery to hold clean-up workshop for volunteers

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

The Eureka Springs Cemetery Commission will hold a clean-up day for dirty stones on Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26.

The commission is asking for a maximum of five volunteers, who will be taught the proper way to clean the stones by former cemetery superintendent and current volunteer Pat Lujan. To volunteer, call Glenna Booth at 479-253-9703.

“All the stones that were cleaned are now turning green again, so they need to be sprayed,” Lujan said. “You don’t do any scrubbing — just spray with D/2.”

The commission recently accepted a donation of $1,000 from Cornerstone Bank for a sign at the cemetery entrance and still needs about $6,500. You can take donations to the donation box at the cemetery.

Booth wrote a letter asking for donations to give to businesses, and the commission plans on giving some out during its Memorial Day weekend event. Commission chair Susan Tharp said cemetery sexton Gloria Stevens would be at the cemetery every day during Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest times of year for the cemetery.

“I would like to have at least one of us out there a day … to help Gloria,” Tharp said.

In other business, the commission has received a grant to create a brochure and an online map, and funds will be available in July. Booth said she will begin formatting the current cemetery database so it is ready to submit to the company that will create the map.

Lujan said the lighting in the cemetery shop needs to be replaced and groundskeeper Charles Johnson said he would get a few bids from electricians.

The cemetery commission’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 in the Auditorium.

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