There will be a community clean-up of Mel Haven Cemetery on Saturday from 7 am to 2 pm. Come out early to avoid the heat and someone will already be there to help direct efforts. Those planning to participate feel free to bring weed eaters, chainsaws, shears, limb clippers, gloves, and lawn mowers. The church will be providing daycare for children under 12 and older. Children working at cemetery must be accompanied by an adult. Drinks and water will be provided. Lowe’s is donating supplies as well. The City has just approved to repave the street leading into the cemetery. The hope is to make strides to restore the cemetery with the help of volunteers and business people in our community. The goal is to make Melhaven a haven for our departed loved ones.
The cemetery is in dire need of clearing the fence lines, around trees, and there are some downed trees. There are numerous currently unknown graves buried in this underbrush.
If you know of someone buried there that is unmarked please bring that information when you come. Rhonda Bechhold, a volunteer with the Hopkins County Genealogical Society has already started a database with the known graves and is adding photos along with other information to the Find-A-Grave website. If you cannot attend the cleanup please give any information to her or Reverend Jason Lindley so that they can be preserved for posterity.