ORRINGTON — Cub Scouts with Pack 44 and their family members who spent a day in May cleaning the First Settlers Cemetery were honored earlier this week for their efforts.
The Cub Scout pack and other Boy Scouts from town packed the audience at the selectmen’s meeting, which was held Monday at the Center Drive School gymnasium.
“The reason all the Cub Scouts are here is the town of Orrington wishes to thank you for cleaning up the old Settlers Cemetery,” Town Manager Paul White said.
White read a letter from Maria Weinberger, who lives next to the cemetery, before he and Chairman Kevin Allcroft presented each volunteer a plaque thanking them for giving back to their community.
“We believe that the persons laid to rest there are very important, being the first individuals after the Native Americans to settle and work in what would eventually become the town of Orrington,” Weinberger said in her letter. “Because of your efforts at cleaning up the cemetery, the first settlers have been shown the care and respect they warrant as the oldest ancestors of our town.”
Twenty Scouts and their siblings were thanked on Monday, including Anthony Chiaponne, Charlie and Susie Fussell, Ethan Michaud, Jackson Wierich, Alex Hodgins, Adam and Nick Kenny, Jeffery Hagstrom, Jacob Kelly, Jacob and Jenna Drake, Trevor and Jenna Done, Tanner and Ethan Heidermann, Jordan Lowery, Henry Burman, Tim Sobis and Alex Rosenbren.
“I was so impressed with your dedication and hard work,” Weinberger said in the letter. “Each of you showed that you are truly a Scout — meeting challenges, having fun and helping others.”
White said the efforts of the group of youngsters are commendable, but added he and John Hodgins, Public Works director, have more work to do.
“We are not done by any means,” he said.
The First Settlers Cemetery is located on Settlers Way.