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Restoration at the Wellsboro Cemetery
WELLSBORO — It only takes a small spark, to ignite a flame. That’s what Cheryl Furrow, Cemetery Director saw happen these past few weeks. A local couple were meeting with Cheryl about purchasing a burial plot at the Wellsboro Cemetery and the gentleman commented on the rough shape of the platform outside the office. The boards were rickety, loose, and most of the wood was rotten having seen too many winters. Cheryl apologized but was quickly surprised when the man offered to “see what he could do.”
Over the next few weeks plans were made, estimates gathered, and conversations regarding project timing continued. The original structure was sound but many of the nails were rusted away and the top boards needed to be torn down. The actual deconstruction and replacement only took a few days. The front office now has a new deck, steps, railing, and ramp. The treated lumber will need a year before plans to stain it can be made.
“This entire project has been a godsend,” Cheryl said. She was happy about the offer to help but was very pleasantly surprised at the follow through. “We didn’t have the funds – we’ve hired more staff to help out and the funds for this project just weren’t available.” The Wellsboro Cemetery is a not for profit organization, relaying on donations from the public. “We’ve sent out letters asking just for a little but haven’t heard much in response.” But the timing of the meeting, the project and its completion was perfect.
Wishing to remain anonymous, the gentleman donated both his time and financial contributions to the project. His motivation was out of concern. “I just saw a need. I did it so that others could see similar opportunities in their neighborhoods and do something about it.” Cheryl agreed stating, “You see a need, you fill a need. That’s the beginning of a whole new world.”
Writing: Natalie Himmelberger
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