By Peggy Mackenzie
Reaching out to maintain the Rainelle Cemetery as a beautiful place as a final resting place, the Rainelle Town Council has agreed to accept the Rainelle Cemetery project, according to Barbara Bland, representing the cemetery restoration committee. This is an appeal to all Rainelle residents and former residents, and those with family members or loved ones buried at the cemetery, said Bland.
“There are needs at the cemetery,” said Mayor Andrea Pendleton. “The town struggles to keep [the cemetery] mowed every other week.” There are no funds available for tree trimming or removal of shrubs and debris encroaching around the graves and monuments. Some grave stones and monuments also need repair or to be reset, and all need cleaning.
The town council is recruiting volunteers to help clean up the cemetery. Clubs and civic organizations in the area are encouraged to help with this project, as well, said Bland. Students looking for a civic project or needing service learning hours are welcome to volunteer. To get involved, call Rainelle Town Hall at 304-438-7191.
Families with a veteran buried at the cemetery, whom they wish to honor with a flag on the grave site, are also encouraged to contact Rainelle Town Hall.
Please direct all donations to the Town of Rainelle, Attention: Rainelle Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 648, Rainelle, WV, 25962.