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      Ottumwa's spring cemetery cleanup begins Monday

      Spring cemetery cleanup will begin on March 3.

      Monday, March 3 begins Ottumwa's bi-annual cemetery cleanup.

      Crews will be at the Ottumwa, Calvary and Ottumwa Jewish cemeteries for tree trimming and general maintenance. They will also be removing old decorations and memorials from gravesites. Shepherd's crooks can be left behind, but memorials and tributes must be removed.

      "It takes about a month to work from one side to the other of both the Ottumwa and the Calvary cemeteries, so we just ask folks to be patient during that process," said Tom Rodgers, Ottumwa Public Information Officer. "And again, if there are memorial tributes that they would like to keep, those do need to be removed before Monday."

      Rodgers said the weather doesn't usually affect the spring cleanup, so crews will be able to work through the cold.

      Spring and summer decorations can begin to be placed after April 1.