Shade restoration project put into motion at cemetery rostrum

Members of the Greencastle-Antrim Lioness Club let Dale Kennedy, left, owner of Village Green Nursery, handle the physical labor for planting a tree the club donated to Cedar Hill Cemetery. The ladies, from left, are: Nancy Henry, Shirley Shatzer, Shirley Freeman, Vonnie Reese and Sue Miller.

Five trees were planted at Cedar Hill Cemetery on April 16. The project was the culmination of years of work by Robert Wertime, who monitored the health of trees on the property, and wanted to replace several that were taken down due to disease or death.

Wertime said the funding and labor came as a result of a "community-minded effort" of organizations and individuals.

The eight- to 20-foot trees were funded by multiple donors, and planted by Village Green Nursery of Marion. Wertime credited the Greencastle Lions for purchasing a Tulip Poplar, Greencastle-Antrim Lioness Club for two red Sunset Maples, and Alice Brumbaugh for a Red Oak and Flowering Pear.

Greencastle Shade Tree Commission chairman Bud Marshall helped in the selection of tree species.

"We're trying to get shade back," said Wertime. "This will help with shade for Memorial Day remembrances."

Three of the trees are near the rostrum, and two are farther away.