JAMAICA -- A local historian, Charlie Merchant, has taken on the task of repairing and restoring two cemeteries in town.
"He found this grant, which is apparently for old cemeteries," said Jamaica Selectboard Chairwoman Lexa Clark. "He's putting it in for the town."
On Oct. 14, the Selectboard approved Merchant's signing the grant application from the Vermont Old Cemetery Association, which will not cost the town any money. The application does require that the town sign and support it.
Merchant will be making the necessary improvements in the East Jamaica and West Jamaica Cemeteries with some assistance from other community members.
"There's stones that are broken that need to be fixed," said Clark. "With this grant, it will give him the money to be able to fix the cemeteries."
There are 11 to 14 stones in the East Jamaica Cemetery that need attention. In the West Jamaica Cemetery, two to three monuments need to be straightened and leveled, two stones need to be repaired, nine stones will need resetting and 10 to 12 monuments will need repair.
Although there are other cemeteries owned by the town, such as the South Windham Cemetery, South Hill Cemetery, Pikes Falls Cemetery and Rawsonville Cemetery, Merchant will be focused on the two sites mentioned before.
Clark said Merchant had looked at the other ones and believed those two needed the most attention. There are broken stones that are either cracked or have fallen over.
The work should be completed by Oct. 1, 2014.
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