Local Cub Scouts Clean Up Storm Ravaged Historic Cemetery
BROOKSVILLE – With residents along the storm ravaged Gulf coast just beginning pick up the pieces and rebuild, one area Cub Scout Troop is doing their part to clean up a historic Brooksville landmark.
According Kristin Tara Skinner, Brooksville Cub Scout Troop 71 headed out to the near 130 year old Brooksville Cemetery on Olmes Road, where several scouts, troop leaders, and their families picked up branches, sticks, and other storm debris that fell atop Civil War era grave sites.
The group worked for three hours this morning with Club Master Wayne Colombo, who coordinated the cleanup effort with Hernando County Parks and Recreation.
11-year-old Jeffrey says “It felt good to clean up the grave sites.” Twin brother Grayson says “It was respectful for the people who rest in this location.” Grayson speaks of the almost 5,000 Confederate and Union soldiers who are buried at 51 acre cemetery. Kristin’s 10-year-old son Blake says “It made me feel good about myself to help other people out.
Troop 71 meets every Monday from 630pm to 8pm at First United Methodist Church, located at 109 South Broad Street (The Youth Center behind Patricia’s Dress Shop.) All boys ages 6- 10 are encouraged to come meet and join the Troop. Boys ages 11-18 meet with the Boy Scouts on Tuesdays at the same time and location.
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