Green Hill Cemetery cleanup this weekend

Photo by Tim Becker

The Green Hill Cemetery Association will be having a spring cleanup of the Green Hill Cemetery grounds in Amsterdam this Saturday, May 3, 2014 beginning at 9:00 am. Rain Date is Saturday, May 10th.

Green Hill Cemetery was established in 1858 and covers approximately 42 acres. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. Notable internees at the cemetery include members of the Sanford and Kellog families.

According to Paul Damiano, owner of Damiano’s Florist and President of the Green Hill Association, volunteers are being asked to “pick up branches, small branches that have fallen over the winter, rake leaves that have blown against some of the fences, pick up trash that has blown onto cemetery property.”

He said that the volunteers and their supervisors will concentrate on the areas that are visible to the public, such as the area bordering Church Street. He also said that volunteers should, if possible, bring with them rakes, pruning shears, and brooms. The association will supply the garbage bags.

Pete Phelps, Trustee, said that volunteers should also have work gloves for picking up and handling branches and for picking up some of the lighter stones which have been dislodged.

“There’s no cutting lawns because we have our lawn cutter. It’s mostly picking up branches, taking care of the leaves around the fence, and there are some places where the cemetery sank and I want to fill some of that with sand,” said Phelps.

Phelps added, “We will be working at least from 9 am to 1pm, but if you want to work later, you can.”

Volunteers should meet at the cemetery entrance on Cornell Street at 9 am Saturday, May 3rd.

Jay Towne

Jay Towne is a resident of Amsterdam, has published six books and is the writer and director of a radio drama, Any Good Thing, that currently airs on WOPG.