After a prolonged visit by a family of raccoons, the Old Homestead in Owls Head is undergoing a professional cleaning to ensure it is safe for volunteers and visitors.

The baby raccoons had a great time and the family left a huge mess. This type of cleaning is expensive. Since the Mussel Ridge Historical Society, which manages the site, is a small one organization, it is seeking financial help for the project.

Donations are tax deductible and may be sent to Mussel Ridge Historical Society, P.O. Box 133, Owls Head, ME 04854.

The Mussel Ridge Historical Society hopes to open the Old Homestead on Wednesday afternoons soon and will post that fact as soon as it happens. For more information call Bonnie Post at 594-9263 or 542-7975.