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Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties dis­cussing re­gional fire de­part­ment

The Central Voice - - Front Page - BY ADAM RAN­DELL Adam.ran­dell@the­cen­tralvoice.ca

Mary Comp­ton and Selina Walsh are do­ing their part to make sure those who ded­i­cated their lives to Fleur de Lys aren’t for­got­ten.

For the past three months, the two have been clear­ing heavy brush and fix­ing up sites at the town’s Calver Ceme­tery.

The project had been on Comp­ton’s mind for some time and three months ago the two de­cided to head up to the gravesite to size things up.

“It’s a very old ceme­tery, early 1900s, maybe even older, a lot of the stones were dam­aged and there were sites with­out crosses,” Comp­ton said. “When I stood there and seen un­marked graves, some­thing in my heart said peo­ple need to know these peo­ple are buried here, and shown re­spect, be­cause most of them ded­i­cated their lives to build­ing Fleur de Lys.”

They have been work­ing on it near daily – in the evenings and dur­ing week­ends.

“We had to get a spe­cial brush cut­ter, with a blade, be­cause it was so thick you couldn’t use an or­di­nary grass cut­ter,” Comp­ton said.

As they cut, they un­cov­ered more and more gravesites – some with no in­for­ma­tion what­so­ever to in­di­cate who was buried there.

To pay re­spect, crosses were made for the un­known. The mark­ers read “RIP God Bless.” So far 15 crosses have been made for the ceme­tery.

They have car­ried out re­search, availed of lo­cal knowl­edge, and have even been in con­tact with churches about records to try and iden­tify all who are buried at the site.

“Peo­ple have been very help­ful, but it’s hard to find all the names be­cause it is a very, very, old site,” Comp­ton said.

The project is ap­prox­i­mately three quar­ters done, and Comp­ton is hop­ing it will be com­pleted be­fore snow set­tles on the ground.

Their work hasn’t gone un­no­ticed ei­ther, as there have been do­na­tions to­wards the cause and res­i­dents have been fix­ing up fam­ily sites.

“There are prob­a­bly many rea­sons why (it fell into dis­re­pair), peo­ple move away, loved one’s pass, and some­times it’s emo­tion­ally hard for peo­ple to go back,” Comp­ton said, “but now, when we come up, we see peo­ple have flow­ers placed, there’s white rock on gravesites.

“I think, show­ing we cared, it helped en­cour­age other peo­ple who wanted to come up and do some­thing.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Mary Comp­ton and Selina Walsh have spent the past three months clear­ing brush and fix­ing up grave sites at the Calver Ceme­tery in Fleur de Lys Comp­ton is pic­tured next to some of the graves

In re­mov­ing brush, un­marked graves have been un­cov­ered, and are now marked with wooden crosses that says, “RIP God Bless .”

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