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Group tackles Handy Cemetery beautification

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By Alton Mitchell

A group of concerned citizens has come together in LaFayette with the goal of improving a historic cemetery in the city. On Monday evening several members of that association came before the LaFayette city council to announce their existence, goals, and board members.

The newly formed Essie J. Handy Cemetery Association (pictured above) is a new association with a goal to provide opportunities for training and services for the purpose of improving the image of the historic cemetery. The services include cleaning the graves, flowers, trees, plants, and the cemetery area. In addition maintaining the cemetery area roads and to accommodate the specific needs of the cemetery.

On Monday evening the executive director, Charlotte Blasingame came before the LaFayette city council to announce about the association and its goals. In addition the officers and board of the Essie J. Handy Cemetery Association were announced. They include: Terry Mangram, President; Carol Berry, Secretary; Lorraine Brown, Treasurer; Bell Todd, Hospitality; Ronny Berry, Chaplin; Merilyn Vines, Ways and Means; and James Brong, Song Leader.

Mrs. Blasingame explained to city council members about the original objective of the association and long term goals which will include overall beautification of the historic cemetery. The association has meetings scheduled that are open to the public for information about the efforts and events to assist the cemetery. The April meeting was held on Tuesday April 11, at 6:00 p.m. at Vines Chapel. The Association will meet again on May 4th, at 6:00 p.m. at Vines Chapel once again.