Old Collins is an eyesore with overgrown grass

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

High grass buries grave sites and debris of faded plastic flowers and other trash is scattered throughout the Old Collins Cemetery, an eyesore South Texas Museum committee members are hoping to beautify through a community clean-up effort.

"The museum would like to extend a special invitation to those who have family plots in this area to attend this event even if unable to physically work so that they can help with the supervision of their area," said Joyce Dunn, a spokeswoman for the museum. "We felt it would be a good project to get it all cleaned up and then inventory it."

The South Texas Museum will be sponsoring a community cleanup day at the Old Collins Cemetery at 9 a.m. on March 3. Volunteers will be needed to help with the project, organizers said. The older part of the cemetery, which borders Flournoy Road will be the focus of the cleanup. The committee will provide garbage bags and drinks for the volunteers.

Dunn said that in a recent walk through the old cemetery convinced her that something had to be done.

"I went out there and we were tracking through the high grass," she said. "These are family members of the town."

Dunn said it's a possiblity that desendants of the dead are also no longer living.

"These people have been out there so long, they don't have any family members out there," she said.

Organizers said Precinct 3 Commissioner Oswald "Wally" Alanis would be helping out with a dump truck for the community clean-up. Also Eugene Nash, who owns a mowing cleaning service company, would also be volunteering his services. Youth organizations and individual volunteers are being sought to help with the project. The committee is looking for individuals or a business that is willing to donate new plastic Easter flowers to put at grave sites that have no flowers.

For more information contact the museum at 668-8891.

Dunn said they hope to remove small dead trees, cut down dry grass, exterminate ant hills and give the cemetery a new look.

"We need people with tools," she said. "Especially gas powered machines."