Town-owned cemetery opens, space available
Camden — Decades in the making, Oak Hill North Cemetery in Camden is now open.
"It's been in the process for maybe 20 years," Camden Finance Director Carol Sue Greenleaf said.
Located on Hosmer Pond Road, directly across from Oak Hill Cemetery, hundreds of spots are available to Camden residents as well as non-residents. Those interested in reserving a grave are encouraged to contact Sexton Bruce Libby, who will walk people through the process of choosing an available spot as well as the rules governing burials and grave markers.
Unlike Oak Hill Cemetery, upright stones will be allowed within a designated area of Oak Hill North, Greenleaf said. Cemetery Association member Jeff Sukeforth said each member of the association "was quite passionate about offering both options."
Cemetery Association members discussed many options for fence material to compliment the stone wall across the road at Oak Hill Cemetery, Sukeforth said, adding a fence of some kind is required by law. The association ultimately settled on large rocks as fencing.
"That was basically the last barrier [to opening the cemetery]," Sukeforth said." ... The boulders blend right in with the other side."
He touted the maintenance job carried out by town Parks Department crews at all three of the town-owned cemeteries and pointed out a memorial garden at Oak Hill Cemetery created in memory of Irene Laite.
Anyone interested in learning more about availability within Oak Hill North Cemetery should meet with Libby, Greenleaf said. Libby can be reached by calling 785-4984 or at P.O. Box 1207, Camden ME 04843. Payments are taken at the town office; charges per grave are $350 for Camden residents and $500 for non-residents.
All town cemeteries are closed to burials after Dec. 15.
Oak Hill Cemetery was established in the early 1900s, according to information provided by the Cemetery Association. The town also owns Mountain View Cemetery.
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Previously, she was editor of VillageSoup's Capital Weekly in Augusta and has worked a number of years in the newspaper business from southern Maine to Waldo County.
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