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Cemetery to benefit from YMCA project

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Several Boy Scouts from Monett's Troop #38 were at Monett's South Park recently, braving the frigid temperatures to assist Thomas Willis in a project aimed at getting his Eagle Scout badge.

The boys were at the site of the former Jones/Kleiboeker house, just south of the park where, under the supervision of four adults, they took down a chain link fence, which will be repurposed at the Anderson Cemetery.

The fence was donated to Willis by the YMCA, in preparation of taking down the house and building a new recreational facility at that location.

Willis and friends had originally planned to take down the fence in October but were delayed by the YMCA board as final business concerning the property and the new facility plans were completed.

"We finally got the go-ahead," Willis said. "We will remove about 350 to 400 feet of fencing. Whatever is left, the construction crews will take care of."

Willis, along with family and fellow scouts, has been clearing the Anderson Cemetery throughout the course of the summer, reclaiming the gravesites and preparing the property for fencing.

"Right now, it's in the middle of a cattle field," Willis said.

"I must have hauled out two large garbage bags of poison ivy this past summer," laughed Kami Willis, his mother. "I had poison ivy all summer."

Boy Scouts assisting in the effort will earn hours for advancement through the Scouting ranks.

Once the cemetery project is completed, Willis hopes to acquire his Eagle badge, one of the highest honors a Scout can achieve.

Assisting in Saturday's effort were Bill Willis, Dr. Eric Keen, Jaxon Courtney, Kami Willis, Brian Smith and Jack Gibfried.

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