July 29 stolen gravestone

I spent around 5 hours at East End today. It was both a good and bad experience. The good part was doing an interview with Greg McQade from CBS6 news. They will air a story about the cemetery tomorrow night, 7/30, at 6 pm with a teaser at 5:30.

There were 2 bad parts. First, when I pulled up, I noticed stuff in the dumpster that shouldn’t be there. It turns out someone backed up to the dumpster and unloaded several wooden pallets in to it. We’ll have to remove them and find somewhere to put them. Later, while showing the CBS 6 folks around the cemetery, I discovered that the gravestone for Dr. R. F. Tancil was missing. The stand was there but the stone was gone. After looking around for it and not finding, I decided it must have been stolen to called the police and filed a report with them. Another volunteer had photographed it around 7 pm Sunday night so it disappeared some time after that. All very disappointing.

On Wednesday, 7/30, channel 8 decided to also do a story on the missing gravestone.  All stories aired on Wednesday night.

Here is the channel 8 story: http://wric.com/2015/07/30/historic-headstone-missing-from-henrico-cemetery/

Here is the channel 6 story: http://wtvr.com/2015/07/30/hero-cleaning-neglected-east-end-cemetery-uncovers-dozens-of-graves/

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July 25 work day

Worked out at East End for about 4 1/2 hours today. There were 5 of us regulars and one visitor. We did some clean up and some clearing.

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July 20 work day

We worked out at East End for 6 hours today with a TeenImpact group from Hands On Richmond. We had 11 teens and one coordinator. In spite of the heat and humidity they did a great job. They cleared 2 plots and uncovered several gravestones. I also took them on a little tour of Evergreen and Woodland Cemeteries.

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July 18 work day

We worked out at East End for about 2 1/2 hours this morning. We had 6 from Hands On Richmond, 3 regulars and 1 new volunteers. Jeff cut down more trees and the rest cleared plots and uncovered a few gravestones.

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July 14 work

Jeff and I worked an hour or so East End this morning. We went out to pick up my volunteer sign that I left yesterday due to the rain. While there we hauled 3 truck loads of brush up to the front and added it to the big pile there already. We also found that someone left a pile of about a dozen tires stacked neatly next to the brush.

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July 13 work day

We worked out at East End for about an hour before we got rained out. There were 5 from CHAT/Stony Point Church and my neighbor Jeff. The CHAT group clear a plot and load brush in to the dumpster. Jeff cut down trees and got the final bit of brush along the entrance cut down. We still need to haul away all of the brush. That may be a project for Saturday.

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July 11 work day

We worked out at East End for over 4 hours this morning. We had 5 regulars and a large number of LDS church volunteers, mostly youth. The count is yet to be determined. In spite of the rain, we got a lot done. There is a large pile of brush at the entrance. Many plots were cleared and many gravestones uncovered. My thanks to all who participated.

The volunteer count today was 132 youth and 48 adults from the LDS Richmond Stake and 5 regulars for a total of 185 volunteers!!!

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