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Keene, Kyle, & Cumberland Historic Cemetery Assn. Make Top 12 For 2023

January 1st, 2024 by WCBC Radio

WCBC’s List of the Twelve Most Compelling People for 2023 is now official. Here are some of the individuals or entities that have somehow influenced the area this year – 

Peggy Keene is the local regent for the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She and others maintain the site of George Washington’s Headquarters at Riverside Park.  Faced with issues of vagrancy, trash, and vandalism, Keene has continued to provide tours of the Headquarters for tourists and local groups.

The Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization celebrates 40 years this year. The volunteer group works throughout the year to maintain and recognize the final resting places of persons of historical stature in the community as well as erecting monuments to those who would have otherwise been forgotten by history.

Gina Kyle retired this year after working for the City of Cumberland since 1988. She served as the first female firefighter for the City, paving the way for others to come after.  During her 35 years of service, she was an EMS and Fire Instructor as well as a Paramedic. Her father, uncle and grandparents also were firefighters.