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Cemeteries to be topic of Bangor talk, Newport fall program

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

For more than 40 years, the Maine Old Cemetery Association and its members have been recording cemetery inscriptions around the state.

I’ve often used the four-volume “Maine Cemetery Inscriptions: York County” at Bangor Public Library, or the six-volume “Maine Cemetery Inscriptions: Kennebec County” at Maine State Library or the University of Maine Special Collections in Orono. Those libraries also have some MOCA cemeteries on microfilm in various departments.

It’s time to get out and learn a little more about what MOCA has to offer. Bill Macomber will speak on “Cemeteries and Gravestone Preservation” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the meeting of the Penobscot County Genealogical Society in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St. All are welcome. Bill’s wife, Jane Macomber, is president of the Maine Old Cemetery Association. (By the way, the elevator at the library is working fine now.)

MOCA has a wonderful fall program planned for Saturday, Oct.1, in the new Newport Cultural Center, 154 Main St., Newport. There is an elevator to the second floor. The schedule is:

• 8:30-9:15 a.m. Registration, $3 at the door.

• 9:30 a.m. Leigh Hallett, director of the Newport Cultural Center, “154 Main St.”

• 9:45 a.m. Roland Jordan, chairman of MOCA Inscription Project, overview.

• 10:30 a.m. “Some Newport Cemeteries,” Leigh Hallett.

• 11 a.m. MOCA business meeting, election of officers. All welcome.

• Noon. Lunch by Newport Cultural Center. Send $7 per person attending, to be received by Sept. 14, to MOCA, c/o Cheryl Patten, 1161 East Pond Road, Smithfield 04978. Include names of those to attend. Questions, 634-2156 or cwpatten@tds.net.

• 1 p.m. Tour of North Newport Cemetery and Hearse House, then on your own to other Newport cemeteries.

• 2 p.m. Door prize drawing, must be present to win.

MOCA puts out a nice newsletter. You can join MOCA for $5 a year, $20 for five years or $100 for a lifetime membership sent to MOCA, PO Box 641, Augusta 04332-0641.

CDs of MOCA cemetery inscriptions are available by county — some complete, some not — through Picton Press at http://pictonpress.com.


Several events are being planned for the dedication of the new Abbot Veterans Honor Roll by the Civil War Memorial on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m., with a reception afterward at the village church.

The Abbot Honor Roll Committee is putting out a last call for names of veterans who were Abbot residents when they enlisted. Names will be grouped by war era. All names are needed by 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at the Abbot town office.

Related activities include the second 5K Run-Walk on Saturday, Sept. 17, in Abbot. Folks should contact the Abbot town office for info. Winners will be announced for the quilt raffle, the flag drawing and the 50-50 drawing.

On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, a postal “Monument Station” will be open for two hours at the Abbot Town Hall, with a First Day Cover available. A special postmark has been designed. A commemorative coin will be available for purchase that day. A Dedication Book is being prepared with photos, veterans’ names and other memorabilia.

The committee chairman is Jan Ronco at the Abbot town office, 876-3340. Other committee members are Cheri Wentworth, Wayne Bennett, Vic Morin and Lorraine Leeman. Carolyn and Bill Amos have been working with them.


The Ellsworth Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the Old Jail on State Street in Ellsworth (note location). After the business meeting, Sandra Klausmeyer will speak on “Historic Grist Stones” and their importance to early settlements. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

For information, contact Terri Weed Cormier at 667-8235. Membership to the Ellsworth Historical Society is $20 a year, sent to EHS, PO Box 355, Ellsworth 04605, or visit http://ellsworthme.org/ellsworthhistory.


The Hancock County Genealogical Society will celebrate 25 years of sharing the joy of genealogical research at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, in the Riverview Room, Ellsworth Public Library, 20 State St.

Originally known as the Mount Desert Island Genealogical Society, the group held its first meeting in September 1986, reorganizing in the mid-1990s as the Hancock County Genealogical Society. HCGS has 77 members locally and around the world. Former officers and members, as well as current and potential members, are invited to attend.

The society welcomes researchers and potential researchers with an interest in Hancock County genealogy to attend this celebration or HCGS meetings and share questions, expertise or research. For information, contact Patti Leland, president, at pattileland@gmail.com or 276-5305.


Camden National Bank has given Thomaston Public Library a grant to help preserve a collection of five bound books made up of pages from the 1827 Thomaston Register. Camden National’s donation will allow the library to microfilm these rare historical pages to preserve them. According to library research, the pages do not exist on microfilm anywhere else. Gathering to mark the donation were Thomaston Public Library Director Brian Sylvester, library Treasurer William Dashiell and Carissa Christie, Thomaston market manager for Camden National Bank.


Searsport Fire Chief Jim Dittmeier will speak on “History of the Searsport Fire Department” for the Searsport Historical Society at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Curtis Hall on Church Street, Searsport.

Dittmeier will share his background and the history of the department. Also sharing their experiences and pieces of history will be past and present members of the Searsport Fire Department John Merrithew, Frank Whiting and Jack Merrithew. Current members and “old timers” are invited to attend, as well. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served.

Next week: Read about a new Family Ties project to list Genealogy Resources on our website at bangordailynews.com.

Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402 or email queries to familyti@bangordailynews.com.

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