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Ashland’s Village Burial Ground project is looking forward to another brush removal day with seniors on June 3rd.  The seniors In this case aren’t senior citizens, they are Ashland High School graduating seniors who perform volunteer tasks their final week in high school. The Burial Ground restoration fits perfectly with the concept that Ashland High School has service projects to show the importance of giving back to a community.  In addition to the work group assistance, the project also received a boost from sponsors: 126 Self Storage, Realty Executives Boston West and Ashland Historical Society showing. The first brush removal weekend had several volunteers, some who came for an hour or two and some who came for the whole time each day.  The efforts created a brush pile so big there were thoughts that the DPW might need extra time to clean it up.  As it turns out, the DPW took care of the brush pile right away, removed a large dead tree in the middle of the burial ground that had been struck by lightning, picked up a lot of leaves and gave the lawn the first cut of the season.  With the site already looking better, committee members can’t wait to introduce the Ashland High Seniors to the burial ground, show the progress made and the work that still needs to be done.  The Ashland High School students’ efforts are key to finishing brush removal before the weekend Community Clean up June 22nd/23rd, as there are gravesites hidden under the overgrowth that need to be exposed.  There are on-going ways to be part of the project. Many volunteers of all ages are needed for a variety of tasks, big and small, and even an hour of your time is helpful.  For more information on volunteering email Helen Nickole ([email protected]).  The committee welcomes all to come to join The Community Clean Up June 22-23rd  9AM – 5PM, behind the Federated Church 118 Main Street, Ashland.