Volunteers wanted for cleanup at Blanchester IOOF Cemetery on Saturday

BLANCHESTER — With a change in ownership, a local graveyard needs tidying up.

A Community Service Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 to clean up the IOOF Cemetery and prepare it for Memorial Day.

The cemetery in the village of Blanchester was operated and maintained by the IOOF Lodge.

The village was informed in November that the IOOF lodge in Blanchester was closed.

“Because the Village is required by state law to take over the operation and maintenance of the cemetery, our attorney and the IOOF attorney worked to prepare the deed ownership of the property,” Mayor John Carman said in a news release.

The village became the provisional owner on April 21 at a special council meeting. Due to the timing of this action, the village was unable to take a leap on mowing until recently.

“We ask for your patience and understanding during this time,” Carman said. “We will do our best as we go through this transition period.”

All hands are needed to shape the cemetery, and volunteers are asked to bring rakes, wheelbarrows and weed trimmers if possible.

Volunteers will meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the new Blanchester Eagles building 2222 at 210 Lazenby St. Lunch will be provided by the Blanchester Eagles.

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