Cemetery cleanup day is a volunteer effort

Bjorn Kulberg joined about 30 volunteers at the annual cemetery cleanup on Friday, June 14, 2019. Photo courtesy Sylvia Lang

About 30 volunteers turned out for the 9th annual Bill Hansen Jr. Pioneer Cemetery Cleanup on Friday, June 14. The Eyak Corporation, Native Village of Eyak and other community volunteers partnered to help beautify the cemetery across from Nirvana Park on Eyak Lake.

“The cleanup went great,” said Brennan Cain, vice president and general counsel for The Eyak Corporation. “It was an especially hardworking bunch.”

Cain said the Cordova Native Youth Olympics team stood out as hardworking volunteers.

About 30 volunteers turned out for the 9th annual Bill Hansen Jr. Pioneer Cemetery Cleanup on Friday, June 14, 2019. Photo courtesy Brennen Cain/The Eyak Corporation

“We scraped and painted crosses, bagged and hauled away brush and debris, raked, scraped moss off tombstones and spread gravel,” he said.

A barbecue following the cleanup, was sponsored by Wells Fargo, which sent Jon Cannon, vice president and relationship manager for the bank in Anchorage, for the event. Kate Wolgemuth and Margaret Sharp from Sen. Dan Sullivan’s office also visited Cordova to volunteer.

“Angela Butler did a great job organizing the event,” Cain said.

Rockele Jones, treasurer of The Eyak Foundation’s board of trustees, picking up paint flakes during the annual cemetery cleanup on Friday, June 14, 2019. Photo courtesy Sylvia Lang
Volunteers scrape worn paint off crosses in preparation for a fresh coat during the Bill Hansen Jr. Pioneer Cemetery Cleanup on Friday, June 14, 2019. Photo courtesy Brennen Cain/The Eyak Corporation
Longtime volunteer Faith Barnes painting a cross during the Bill Hansen Jr. Pioneer Cemetery Cleanup on Friday, June 14, 2019. Photo courtesy Brooke Johnson