Eagle Scout installs new cemetery signs

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By Shirley Murtha

Kurt Bryant needed a service project to fulfill a requirement for becoming an Eagle Scout in his troop Venture Crew 2015. The project needed to benefit the community and allow him to display leadership. He found the perfect job when he met with Department of Public Works Director Kirk Severance.


Eagle Scout Kurt Bryant and Director of Public Works Kirk Severance stand beside one of the new cemetery signs installed by Bryant as part of his service project for Granby. photo by Shirley Murtha

For a few years, Severance has wanted to replace the old signs in each of the town’s cemeteries, but has held off because of budget constraints. When Bryant showed up, Severance proposed he take on the project. The signs were to have the same design except for the addition of a second post for support instead of the single one used in the past.
The town agreed to buy the new posts, and Bryant undertook a fundraising campaign that garnered $5,500 to pay for the new signs that were made by the Sign Factory in Enfield. A smart businessman, Bryant had gotten three bids before choosing the company with the best price. A volunteer team helped him with removing the old signs, cleaning away debris and installation.
The new signage is visible at some of the nine cemeteries around town. A few of the smaller cemeteries are on private property and not open to the public, and the large Granby Cemetery in the center is privately owned, so did not receive a new sign.
Bryant noted that he is very grateful to all the volunteers who helped him and to all the Granby residents. The organizations and businesses that contributed to his fundraising campaign are: American Legion Post 182, Arrow Concrete, Beman’s Hardware, Granby Lions Club, Lost Acres Orchard, Paine’s, Salmon Brook Historical Society, Stop and Shop and Studio 17.