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Lending a helping hand
The city of Brunswick is about to benefit from the aim of an ambitious Boy Scout.

Connor Dahl, 15, a Boy Scout for four years, is setting his sights on the organization's highest rank: Eagle Scout.

To get it he needs a community project. Oak Grove Cemetery at 1500 Mansfield St., Brunswick, is his choice.

Connor will monitor the area for the next six months, tracking the conditions of the land and the gravesites. He will then give a written assessment of his findings to the Oak Grove Cemetery Society, which deals with the preservation of the graveyard.

His project won't just involve witnessing changing conditions of the cemetery. Connor, a senior patrol leader, will also ask his fellow scouts in Boy Scout Troop 202 to do cleanup work in the cemetery every second Saturday of a month, beginning this weekend.

"I'll be helping the cemetery and getting my Eagle rank, so it's two great things," said Connor, a sophomore at Glynn Academy. "I'm excited."

Ernest Jones, a volunteer member of the Oak Grove Cemetery Society, hopes others in the community will show up at Oak Grove Cemetery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday to help with the clean up.

Chores include picking up small tree limbs and moss, pulling and cutting weeds, and raking leaves.

Anyone who plans to participate should take drinking water, bug spray, gloves, plastic rakes, hand tools and push brooms.

"We're very grateful to have this help," said Jones of Connor's project. "It's greatly appreciated."

* Reporter Martin Rand III covers local news. Contact him at, on Facebook or at 265-8320, ext. 324.

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