The Skowhegan Cemetery Committee stands by a new flagpole at the Malbons Mills Cemetery. Committee members, from left, are Mark Bossie-Sexton, Don Young, Melvin Burnham, Town Clerk Gail Pelotte, David James, and Gene Rouse. Absent from the photo is Mary Lou Holden Mollerus and Selectman Paul York. Contributed photo

SKOWHEGAN — New flagpoles were recently installed at the Malbons Mills, Herrin, Old Bloomfield, and Larone cemeteries.

The Sign Store and Flag Center of Auburn installed the 20-foot flagpoles with solar lighting.

Ensuring that each of the eight town-owned cemeteries had flagpoles and flags was one of 10 goals the Skowhegan Cemetery Committee set after completing a thorough cemetery assessment in 2018. Other goals included completing perimeter surveys of each cemetery, refurbishing stones and monuments, resetting stone surrounds, securing a structural safety engineer assessment of two crypts at Southside, controlling turf infestations, improving carpet density, and establishing plans for tree removal and tree planting at each cemetery.

Cemetery Sexton Mark Bossie seeks people who may be interested in assisting with flags during memorial periods, especially in the outlying cemeteries: Malbons Mills, Herrin, Larone, and Old Bloomfield.

Those interested in assisting can call Town Clerk Gail Pelotte at 207-474-6900.

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