We are just days away from an important community project that brings a needed touch up to parts of our city. Best of all you can be a part of it. Details in this News 13 Problem Solver report.
It is a familiar sight in Panama City's cemeteries…grave sites that are overgrown and need maintenance. Mike Hill is Chairman of Panama City's Cemeteries Board.
When you look at the size of the props and grave sites that have been basically abandoned, because there are no relatives that live in the area anymore, it takes a whole community effort .
Hill says since the cemetery lots are considered private property, there are limits as to what can be maintained. However, Hill says many times, just word of the cleanup day brings out family members of those buried in the grave sites. According to Hill, "You know we have just come out of the heavy growing season. If we don't maintain it this time next year it will be two feet high."
On the list for maintenance this Saturday are Oakland, Greenwood, Millville and Hillside cemeteries. Hill says you can participate the whole day or just part of the day and "We want to encourage everybody to come out especially groups. If you have got youth groups, garden club groups, church groups, just come and join us and help us maintain the cemeteries. The way the community honors its dead speaks worlds and volumes about the status of the community."
Mike Hill thanks the Bay County Sheriff's Office for its continued support .. inmates lending a helping hand. Also, personnel from Tyndall Air Force Base, the Navy Base, and other volunteers.
Again, you can be one of them. The cemetery cleanup is set for Saturday, October 13, from 8 a-m to 1 p-m at these cemeteries: Oakland, Greenwood, Millville and Hillside. Lunch will be served. If you can, bring any hand tools and even power tools to do the work.
You can learn more by contacting the Panama City Leisure Services Department at 872-3199.