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MATTAPOISETT

Historic cemetery needs help

December 12, 2010

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The Cushing Cemetery, a privately owned historic burial ground off Mendell Road, needs money, according to the Cemetery Commission. The cemetery was established in 1806 and maintenance has become increasingly expensive, now running about $20,000 a year, the commission said. The cemetery was originally owned by the town, but was taken over by a private group in the early 20th century, and the town now provides no funding, the commission said. Those wishing to donate to the maintenance of the cemetery can send checks to Cushing Cemetery Fund, PO Box 747, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. — Paul E. Kandarian