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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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  • Thank you Scouts for your hard work. Great to see kids and parents like these.

    Sunday, 4 September 2016, 9:35 am
  • Glad to see that troop FINALLY do some good! My son was there and it was very run down. All the leaders hated one another or at least gossip like they did. There were favorites, and not so favorites. Glad to see such greatness come out of it all! Good work boys and leaders!

    Sunday, 4 September 2016, 9:32 am
  • I see some girls in there helping too!

    Sunday, 4 September 2016, 1:10 am
  • Great Job Men!

    Saturday, 3 September 2016, 11:43 pm
  • Thank you for all your hard work!! It’s so wonderful to see our youths caring and helping the way they did.

    Saturday, 3 September 2016, 10:12 pm
  • so nice to see our young people getting involved! love this story.

    Saturday, 3 September 2016, 9:46 pm
  • Wonderful story! Boy Scouts rock

    Saturday, 3 September 2016, 9:30 pm
  • Well its clear Colin Kaepernick isn’t apart of this Scout Troop! Great Job to the Boys & and their Parents. I salute YOU! Respect goes so far and speaks volumes! Enjoy tomorrow as a day of rest and Hernando County residents are proud of your effort, too.

    Saturday, 3 September 2016, 7:30 pm
  • What a great job by all of the Scouts and parents involved. Keep up the great work.

    Saturday, 3 September 2016, 7:14 pm
  • That is just great!

    Saturday, 3 September 2016, 7:00 pm

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