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Originally published in Castine Patriot, September 20, 2012
Castine Cemetery Association offers workshop

The Castine Cemetery Association, in conjunction with the Wilson Museum, will sponsor a one-day workshop on gravestone cleaning and straightening on Friday, October 12. It will be led by Donna Mae Bean of “Gravestone Concerns.” Bean and her husband, Orland, have been cleaning and straightening numerous monuments in the Castine Cemetery over the summer, the cemetery association noted in a press release.

There will be no charge for the workshop, but it is limited to twelve volunteers. Bean will supply the necessary materials and tools, along with instruction sheets.

The morning session will begin at 10 a.m., running to about 12:30 p.m., during which time there will be a demonstration by Bean on proper gravestone cleaning, after which participants may clean at least one stone.

After a break for a “bring-your-own” lunch, the workshop will resume at 1 p.m., during which time Bean will demonstrate the proper techniques for straightening leaning stones. Then teams of two participants each will work together at straightening at least one stone. The workshop will conclude at approximately 4 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, the workshop will take place the following day, Saturday, October 13. Those seeking to participate should contact Cemetery Association President Brad Tenney, at 326-8741.