Indian Summer has brought more than just the usual bittersweet sense of seasons changing. Our colleague, friend, and brother, Malcolm Donald, passed away on September 20 at his home on Great Cranberry Island. Appropriately, Malcolm's will be the first burial in the restored Stanley cemetery, an honor we are certain he'd appreciate.
Fred Wieninger completed his conservation work on October 2, and committee members came out to the site to thank him. All of the headstones have been straightened and cleaned, and loam has been distributed to even out the low spots. Next week, we'll seed the loamed patches to hold the soil in place until the wild cranberries reestablish themselves next summer. We thank John W. Goodwin, Jr. Construction in Southwest Harbor for delivering the loam from the transfer station to the site for free.
Take another look at the work in progress and the headstones 2014 as they appeared before work commenced, and some of the headstones as they were in 1999. The inventory of graves has also been revised. Eventually, you'll be able to compare the 1999, 2014 'before' and 2014 'after' photos seamlessly. I'll be putting up a complete set of photographs of the restored headstones on the website in the coming weeks. Our cemetery research continues, including a visit to the Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home on MDI, where Debbie searched their post-1896 ledgers for the burials they handled at the Stanley cemetery. And we thank Salsbury Hardware on MDI for their help with our purchase of grass seed this weekend.