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Historical cemetery gets cleaned up

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Posted By: Camila Orti

A crew is hard at work cleaning up an historical site in Waverly that often goes unnoticed.

"When we moved here seven years ago you couldn't even tell there was a cemetery here, the weeds had grown over that high," neighbor Steve Wedige said.

Wedige lives right behind Jordan Cemetery, near 134th street and Raymond road. He says the moment he stumbled across it, he decided to start keeping it up.

"It just seemed like the right thing to do," Wedige said.

The former veteran mows the site every couple of weeks. He says he does it out of respect for the people buried here, some dating back to the 1870's. There are settlers, pioneers, and even a Civil War soldier buried at the cemetery.

Lincoln Tree Service has volunteered to clean up the abandoned cemetery and four others in Lancaster County by clearing out dead trees and fallen branches.

Crew member Cole Dunbar says he's happy to help take care of the historical site.

"People just kind of move on and forget about stuff like this, I'm glad to be a part of this," Dunbar said.

Wedige is glad they're here, too.

"It's nice to know somebody actually cares, whether it's me and my wife and my family, or these guys, or the boy scouts, or whoever; it's just letting these people know they're not forgotten," Wedige said.


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