SOMERS, N.Y. - Just south of Route 139 on the side of Route 100 is a small, private cemetery called the Todd Family Cemetery. Easily missed until pointed out, one thing that stands out is the well-manicured grass and tidied property, thanks to Boy Scout Troop 376.
As far back as troop leaders can collectively remember, which is 13 years, the troop has maintained the property for service hours. Eagle Scouts have also volunteered their time toward restoring the cemetery. In 2010, Boy Scout Nicholas Maenza researched the property and prepared a conditions report on the gravestones for his Eagle Scout project.
During this project, according to meeting minutes from the Somers Historic Properties Board, jurisdiction over the property was questioned and the town attorney at the time concluded that the town is responsible for the maintenance of abandoned cemeteries. He concluded this after a letter from Harry Chambers, the town’s attorney in the 1950s, indicated the town owns the property.
Troop 376 has since taken on the role of maintaining it. Every few weeks, a band of Scouts armed with weed-whackers, lawn mowers, rakes and leaf blowers systematically swarms the property. In under an hour, it is immaculate. Scout attendance fluctuates, troop leaders said, but the job still gets done.
Troop leader Gus Talleur said the troop will continue to maintain the property as it has for years due to the historical significance of the property.