It's time for the younger generation to take over
Oak Hill Cemetery is situated at the top of Oak Street in Towanda. If you've never been there, it's expansive, covering a large, rolling lawn. It's filled with grand old trees, flowers and flags, and gravestones, both fancy and plain, some dating back to the 1800s.
But if you've visited recently, you may have noticed the grass has gotten high, weeds are popping up and those big trees tend to drop twigs and leaves - especially the further you get from the road.
It's in need of a good cleaning.
In response to a local resident's complaint, an elderly gentleman explained that the cemetery is maintained by an association of volunteers. He said he recalls that the cemetery is bankrupt and awhile ago, was soliciting donations from families who had loved ones buried there.
But perhaps more important than money, is volunteers.
The gentleman said he thinks the only solution is for the younger generation to get involved with things like this - and we wholeheartedly agree.
The Oak Hill Cemetery is but one example. Many folks who traditionally have been in charge of cemetery upkeep are no longer physically able to do it.
Kids, including organizations like Scouts, could pick up twigs, teens could mow, students could adopt an area as their senior projects, adults could donate or start a fund-raiser.
Now it's time for others to step up and take over.