Death takes a holiday

Christopher Gooding
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Weekend workshop focuses on preserving cemeteries

Reviewing some of the W.B. Wells Heritage Foundation’s recent restoration work, (from left) chair Stephen Wells, Vince Stewart of the Stewart Cemetery committee of Westchester, foundation secretary and treasurer Morris Haugg and administrator Paul Mahaney networked amongst a crowd of more than 90 people interested in the care, preservation and maintenance of Cumberland County’s cemeteries on Saturday. Christopher Gooding – The Citizen

AMHERST – Who would have thought a final resting place takes so much work? 

The W.B. Wells Heritage Foundation Workshop drew more than ninety interested persons from across Cumberland County to discuss the business of maintaining, recording and preserving the cemeteries and the historical record found within each memorial plot.

The foundation opened a day of seminars on Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Amherst and extended an opportunity the attending audience would not find anywhere else: to get under one roof and talk about the business of death.

“There is everyone from the grave digger to the cemetery society member in attendance today,” Paul Mahaney, the foundations administrator, said. “These people will get just as much from spending the day with each other and networking as they will from the speakers.”

(For the full story, see the April 23 issue of The Citizen) 

Organizations: The W.B. Wells Heritage Foundation Workshop, First Baptist Church, The Citizen

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County

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