INDUSTRY — Cemetery conservator Joe Ferranni of Grave Stone Matters in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., will work with the Maine Old Cemetery Association and a group of preregistered participants at a workshop to preserve stones in West Mills Cemetery from Friday, Aug. 12, to Monday, Aug. 15.

Ferranni will demonstrate a specific technique. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to practice the technique as they work to preserve some of the gravestones in this cemetery.

Depending on the condition of the stone, various techniques may be required. Among the skills covered will be using correct materials and techniques to clean stones, straightening leaning stones, resetting stones in their current bases, making new bases as necessary, replacing rusted pins and repairing using epoxy and infill.

Documented direct descendants of any of the persons buried in West Mills Cemetery who do not want their ancestor’s stone preserved by this group should contact the Town Office at 207-778-5050 or [email protected] by Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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