Sunday, August 30, 2015

New look for some Windham cemeteries - By Walter Lunt

Several cemeteries in Windham are getting much needed upgrades. Dave Dickson, building maintenance supervisor, said grounds personnel are repairing and replacing the post and rail fences at a number of locations in the town.

New split rail “paddle-end round” fences have been installed at the Old Quaker Burial Ground (Pope and Gray Roads), Purington Cemetery (Gray Road), Loveitt-Gambo Cemetery (River Road), and McIntosh Cemetery (Falmouth Road).

Dickson has high praise for the three grounds workers, Rob Buxton, Matt Millett and Dave Vienott, for their labor and workmanship in installing the cedar fences.

Many of Windham’s 26 plus cemeteries are fenced. Dickson said funds for the project were approved by the town council in this year’s capital building budget, and added that more money will be needed for phase two next year when five or six more cemeteries, including Knight Cemetery and Mayberry Cemetery, will need upgrades. Usable parts from the disassembled fences are being used to repair deteriorating ones.

Dickson recalled one resident’s comment about the Old Quaker Burial Ground fence, calling it “eye popping.”

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