Scene in Edmonds: Sprucing up the cemetery

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Volunteering is a family affair for Edmonds residents Stephen and Holly Johnson with daughters Emma, left, and Adalyn.
The volunteer work was a family affair for Edmonds residents Holly, left,  and Stephen Johnson with daughters Emma and Adalyn.

Headstones at the Edmonds Memorial Cemetery received a thorough cleaning Saturday, thanks to 125 volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Shoreline Stake.

According to Jim Roberts, who coordinated the volunteer effort, church members each year perform a day of service, and for the last few years it has included City of Edmonds projects. (Last year, for example, they assisted with the installation of play equipment at City Park.)

Edmonds Parks Manager Rich Lindsay said that the labor-intensive cleaning work — which involves brushing the stones with dishwashing soap, scrubbing with a stiff brush and rinsing with water — is a big help to the city. “We can’t pressure wash the stones because some of them are very old,” Lindsay said.

Church members at work across the cemetery grounds.
Church members at work across the cemetery grounds.

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