HAZARD — Last year, the Hazard Herald published a series of articles detailing the efforts to maintain Riverside Cemetery and establish the necessary legal status for overseeing all finances and upkeep of the grounds. Since then, steps have been taken, and now, the community members who launched this effort are ready for work to begin.
A corporation has been established in the name Friends of Riverside Cemetery. This corporation is registered as a nonprofit entity, meaning it must adhere to all guidelines in place for nonprofits in terms of donations and finances. A board is in place and regular meetings, open to the public, will be held to discuss and vote on fiscal matters pertaining to Riverside.
Spring cleanup work at Riverside Cemetery will begin soon. The corporation can be contacted by emailing [email protected] A Facebook group is also available to those who join. In order to join the group, search Riverside Cemetery, Perry County, Kentucky on Facebook and ask to join.
Riverside is one of the largest cemeteries in this region. Last summer, members of the community recognized the need for a structured system to care for the grounds. Public meetings were held, with an attorney present to help coordinate the legal process. Information on making donations and the dates of future meetings can be obtained by contacting Friends of Riverside Cemetery.
Sam Neace can be reached at 606-629-3243 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.