Sept. 8 work day

We had a great day working at East End Cemetery yesterday. The rain held off though the humidity was very high. We got lots of clearing done, got some grass seed planted, recorded over 500 grave marker GPS coordinates, mowed and trimmed. We even found a few grave markers. We had 116 volunteers from VCU, University of Richmond, Trinity United Methodist Church, community members and all of our regulars. We had also had 2 visitors doing voter registration of students. Special thanks to Ted and Alan from Evergreen for coming and doing a lot of mowing and trimming.

A noon we had pizza courtesy of UR and cake courtesy of Ted to celebrate our 5 years of working at East End. Our thanks to everyone who came out Saturday and to all who have come out over the past 5 years.

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Sept. 1 work day

We worked at East End for about 3 hours today. We had 25 volunteers with about half from Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at VCU, 2 UR faculty with their families, 2 community members and most of our core group of regulars. We hauled fallen limbs, logs, and trees to the dumpster, cleaned around grave markers, cleared tall weeds, mowed and ran a trimmer. We got more summer growth removed and got the dumpster filled. And we uncovered one grave marker.  We also got ready for a big group from VCU and UR next Saturday. Our thanks for everyone’s help today in the heat and humidity.

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Aug. 25 work day

We worked at East End for about 3 hours this morning. We had 26 volunteers including 19 UR law students, 2 family members, 2 community members and 3 regulars. We got a a lot of weeds and summer growth removed. We cut up and hauled to the dumpster a tree that recently uprooted. We even got the tree’s roots hauled to the dumpster. We also found one gravestone. At the end we gave everyone a brief tour of the cemetery.

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Aug. 21 work day

We worked a couple of hours at East End this afternoon. We had 25 volunteers from VCU ASPiRE new student orientation and 2 of us regulars. We got a couple big branches that fell moved to the brush pile. We also cleared vegetation off of several plots in the old section. We got poured on once but everyone kept working.

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Milestone

With the grave markers found by volunteers last Saturday at East End Cemetery, we reached a new milestone. We now have over 3000 readable markers that have been found and put on Find A Grave for East End. We started with 65 in 2013.

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Aug. 18 work day

What a great day we had at East End with at least 25 volunteers! Many thanks to the Chesterfield LDS church; Kristine Grayson and her husband, John; honorary Friend of East End Chris Graham and other new and returning volunteers! We knocked down a large swath of towering weeds, made many brush runs to the road (thanks to Bill for the use of his truck), and uncovered five grave markers in the process. We also spotted a few critters….a turtle and a harmless snake. We also welcomed Oakwood Arts as they created quilt squares from cyanotype on fabric.

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Aug. 11 work day

We worked at East End for 3+ hours this morning. We had 4 community members, 3 regulars and 1 family member visiting. We pulled and cut tall weeds, mowed and ran the trimmer. We got the end of ‘U’ road cleared of tall weeds. Still more tall weeds to remove.

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