Sunday, December 14, 2014


     This afternoon, my husband Joel  and I visited the Grand Trunk Cemetery to place two holiday wreathes at the Veterans; Memorial and the stone of the early settlers' a small gesture in this season of gifting and joy.  I thought readers might enjoy the photos.

A Brief Report     

     It has been a significant and eventful year with the Girl Scout Bronze Award project that advanced the legacy of Samantha Allshouse and Kayla Theriault's project,'Unearthing the Roots of the Back Cove and East Deering Communities, the Dedication of the Memorial for the the Early Settlers of East Deering Village, the discovery of the WPA charts of the cemetery from 1936, and the continued  interest of the public in keeping and preserving  what remains of the cemetery for future generations.  The Cemeteries crews of the City of Portland  have been wonderful in their care and over-sight, and I can't say enough about how important this is.  When the cemetery looks cared for, it makes others take care and less apt to cause damage.

      The preservation of our ancient cemeteries is important, and requires vigilance.  Whenever the public sees any damage, this should be reported.  Unfortunately, someone has managed to knock out one of the rails in the new fence.  Not an easy task!  It appears that a rather heavy individual or individuals may have jumped up and down on the rail, bending it and pulling it from the post.  This will need to be repaired or replaced.  I encourage you to check in on cemeteries that are favorites of yours, even in the winter months and report any damage.

We weren't able to re-position the rail because of the 'bend' in the middle.

     After the holidays, I'll continue sharing the story of the residents of the Grand Trunk Cemetery as I uncover more information.  For now, Happy Holidays, Happy Christmas to all, and to all a 'Good Night!'