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Steven Friederich | The Vidette  Bev Hall wipes down the top of a veteran’s tombstone and gets rid of the moss that had been building on its sides at a group clean-up of Wynooche Cemetery.Buy Photo
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Bev Hall wipes down the top of a veteran’s tombstone and gets rid of the moss that had been building on its sides at a group clean-up of Wynooche Cemetery.
Steven Friederich | The Vidette  Lucas Brown, 12, and Benji Malchert, 15, scrub a veteran’s grave at Wynooche Cemetery in Montesano. They and other members of Troop 4015 were part of more than 20 people, who gave up part of their day on Saturday to clean veteran grave markers and trim away weeds. Malchert decided to wear a Santa hat for the day.Buy Photo
Steven Friederich | The Vidette Lucas Brown, 12, and Benji Malchert, 15, scrub a veteran’s grave at Wynooche Cemetery in Montesano. They and other members of Troop 4015 were part of more than 20 people, who gave up part of their day on Saturday to clean veteran grave markers and trim away weeds. Malchert decided to wear a Santa hat for the day.

MONTESANO — More than 20 volunteers, including part of a local Boy Scout troop, helped clean off grave markers and tomb stones at Wynooche Cemetery.

The effort was organized by retired educator Bev Hall, who spends dozens of hours on her own time cleaning up the cemetery.

Hall wanted to spearhead a cleanup effort after seeing the lackluster job a Tacoma contractor was doing cleaning up the area. Last month, the Montesano City Council canceled that contract and awarded a new contract to D&B Landscaping of Montesano. The new contractors have gone right to work weed eating, mowing the cemetery and tackling an issue with moles. Hall said that she still wanted to concentrate efforts on helping the gravestones for veterans.

“Not everyone has family that can do the upkeep of graves,” Hall said.

Among the volunteers were Mayor Ken Estes and members Boy Scout troop 4015. “This is just the right thing to do,” said Benji Malchert, 15, who marked the occasion by wearing a Santa Claus stocking cap.