Tucked between Hepburn Road and Regal Cinemas lies Hickcox Cemetery, the decades-old gravesite that sees plenty of passers-by, but only a handful of visitors.
On Thanksgiving weekend, however, it saw a few more when members of Cub Scout Pack 636, from Middleburg Heights, and Strongsville’s 226 joined up for a beautification project.
The boys trimmed, raked, edged, picked up rubbish and debris, and took in a quick lesson from local resident Katy Trent Beyerle on properly caring for and maintaining aging gravestones.
When asked what he thought of the experience, local Cub Scout Wesley Lapsevich put it succinctly, “It was fun!”
Ward 1 Middleburg Heights Councilman Bill Meany put the joint endeavor together to spur civic involvement and instill a better appreciation for historic Middleburg Heights sites and landmarks.
“With the assistance of Mayor Gary Starr and after a few phone calls with Cub Scout parents, we were ready to proceed with the service project,” said Meany. “What a great way to teach our children how to give back to the community.”