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The Cheney Cemetery Association has been awarded a $7,700 grant by the Trees for Nebraska Towns to plant trees as part of the cemetery’s redevelopment and beautification project. Cheney Cemetery Association (CCA) and private funding matched the grant to re-establish the cemetery's tree-lined north border.

CCA, located on the southwest corner of 84th Street and Yankee Hill Road, has been serving southeast Lancaster County since the mid 1800s. Pioneers laid their loved ones to rest as they moved west, and early Lancaster County homesteaders’ graves are part of the cemetery's history.

However, in the past year CCA has welcomed new neighbors. Moore Middle School and the new Cooper YMCA were located directly across 84th Street. Now the cemetery experiences a huge increase in drive-by traffic.

An additional influence on the cemetery was the amount of infrastructure that physically impacted and negatively altered its north tree-lined border. Tree removal due to electric, water and sewage lines, plus an increased easement for roadways, had a negative influence on the cemetery.

“This beautification, tree planting project will help restore the serene and peaceful setting that our families have enjoyed for years," said Harry Chaffin, CCA president. "Plus, the trees will provide a positive impact on those driving past the property.”

The project includes Tri-Point Tree Removal and Campbell’s Nursery for tree planting.

The CCA honors veterans each Memorial Day. This year’s commemoration will include an opportunity to sponsor a tree in honor of a loved one. Tree sponsorships will be $175, which will include the cost of perpetual care and honoring the loved one on a Tree Project plaque.

CCA is a nonprofit organization led by volunteers dedicated to providing perpetual care of the cemetery to preserve its history and offer a peaceful setting for rest and reflection. For more information about the cemetery, contact Chaffin at 402-780-5518.

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