Goats help Pomfret get out of the weeds

POMFRET, Conn. (WTNH) - Meet Sophia, Sasha, Mishka, and Tallulah. Pomfret first selectwoman Maureen Nicholson is sure glad she did.

"Well we just discovered that we had a divine intervention here by having the goats living next to this neglected cemetery," said Nicholson.

Those goats belong to the McNamara family who now lets them graze at the Dennis Cemetery which has hand carved headstones dating back to the 1700's.

But you may have to take Nicholsons' word for it. You really can 't see them with all the overgrowth around them. 

"No we can't no we can't and this cemetery there's a lot of quakers that were buried and there are no headstones that was just part of their tradition," said Nicholson.

There are 14 cemeteries in town. Several are in the weeds.

"It doesn't take long for a cemetery to become lost to nature."

Luckily the goats like invasive plants - even poison ivy.

"This seems like a natural solution and the goats are just a lot of fun," explains Nicholson.

She sees this as a long term solution for an ongoing maintenance challenge.

"It's quite expensive," said Nicholson. "We've applied to the state for the neglected cemeteries grant but it's just never enough."

You don't have to be a goat to help out the town. The first selectwoman is also looking for people volunteers too to help clean up the cemeteries. They don't need any experience or a machete.

"Just a desire to help out," said Nicholson.

The goats don't ask for much in return and they're more than happy to help out.

"They get a salad bar every once in a while," Nicholson said with a laugh.

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