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Subject: [Q-R] Bidding open for Thomaston cemetery restoration
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2008 09:20:11 EDT
Bidding open for Thomaston cemetery restoration
THOMASTON, MAINE Selectmen voted unanimously Monday night to put out to bid
the restoration work needed to fix more than 50 destroyed gravestones at the
Thomaston Village Cemetery.
In the past few months, many historic gravestones have been pushed off their
bases, snapped off their bases or completely tipped over. Others are leaning
precariously. The damage was first noticed in mid-April during spring
cleanup. Since then, more gravestones have been ruined.
“This is major repair,” said Selectman Lee-Ann Upham.
“This is gut work,” agreed Selectman Peter Lammert.
The graveyard is maintained through a trust fund and through taxpayer money.
Town Manager Valmore Blastow Jr. said the town’s options are to ask
residents at a special town meeting to pay for the restoration or to pay the bill
from the cemetery trust fund.
Brooks Monuments in Warren quoted $13,000 for the restoration of all the
damaged gravestones, but Lammert cautioned that the estimate might be low.
The destruction has happened in sections one and two of the graveyard. The
damage seems to be random, Lammert said, and luckily Gen. Henry Knox’s
gravestone remains intact. However, the gravestone next to Knox’s site, belonging to
his son-in-law, Ebenezer Thatcher, has been snapped off.
Town insurance will not cover the damage.
Anyone who may have seen the criminal mischief is encouraged to call
Thomaston police at 354-2511.
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