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Oldest Cemetery in Lake Milton Rededicated

Published on May 11, 2012

Berlin Center – On April 28th, 2012, David Corll of Berlin Center, Ohio completed his Eagle Scout Project in historic fashion.  Mr. Corll’s Eagle Scout Project involved the complete renovation of Lake Milton’s oldest cemetery.  Accompanied by his parents (Joann and Paul Corll), family and friends, and local dignitaries, the rededication ceremony was also honored to have the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment of the Northwest Brigade of the American Revolution present for the Presentation of Arms.

As David explained, “This cemetery was established in 1820 and was the burial site for many of the early settlers of this area.  Jacob Cole who fought in the Revolutionary War is one of the more prominent people laid to rest here.  When I was approached with possibility of renovating this hallowed ground for my Eagle Scout project, I did not hesitate at taking on the challenge.  I want to thank all of those individuals and companies that supported this great cause.”

The Olde Dutch Mill Cemetery (also known as the Riverbank Cemetery) is located on the banks of the Mahoning River in a grove of walnut trees behind number 1 green at Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course.  Course owner Ron Birchak commented, “When David approached me about this project, I knew this young man was about to embark on a very special moment in his life.   I introduced Dave to the Lake Milton Browns Backers and they agreed to help finance the project.  Along with their help and a ton of other people and businesses, Dave has helped resurrect an important piece of Lake Milton history.”

Mr. Corll is a senior at Western Reserve High School and will continue his education at ATI Wooster where he will be studying Beef and Swine Production.  According to his scout master Mike Smith of Salem, Ohio, “only 2% of Boy Scouts achieve Eagle Scout status.”  We are sure that with this kind of dedication, David will go on to be quite successful in his chosen profession.

If anyone is interested in visiting the cemetery, stop by Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course in Lake Milton, Ohio. (www.oldedutchmill.com or 330-654-4100)

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