The column on Rick Felty and his volunteer efforts to keep Lakewood’s Old Settlers Cemetery in good repair – often a losing one-man battle – drew a lot of attention on Memorial Day.
And Felty, who’d retired from the postal service a few days earlier, hasn’t given up. In fact, he’s gotten help.
So many families and individuals have talked to Felty since the column ran that there are now work parties on the second and fourth Saturday of each month planned. Small flags are popping up at gravesites, weeds pulled, headstones cleaned, flower bulbs planted.
None of it is back-breaking work, and at 67, Felty isn’t trying to do the impossible. What he wants is simple: a cemetery that gets the respect those within it deserve.
If you’d like to help, drop by at 10 a.m. on the second or fourth Saturday of the month and join a work party. You won’t be alone, and happily, neither will Felty. The cemetery is onWashington Boulevard near Gravelly Lake Drive in Lakewood.