On Sept. 6, Philip MacKenzie thanked Rob Harvey of Heritage Memorials Limited of Windsor, Nova Scotia for completing the cleaning and relettering of the memorial at the front entrance of the Duff Pioneer Cemetery, New Glasgow.
The memorial contains the names of 600 individuals buried in the cemetery but have no headstones. The cleaning and relettering cost $1,150. MacKenzie and retired judge Clyde Macdonald had raised a total of $4,315 from 29 donors within two months. The first part of the project was completed on July 19 when Glenn Fraser, Grant Fraser and Billy McIvor of H.W.Angus Funeral Homes Limited, New Glasgow raised and repaired 50 headstones within the same cemetery.This part of the project cost $3,000. The balance of the money raised was donated to the Stellarton Fire Department to help pay for the cost of a number of names that the department will add to the memorial. Under the leadership of Stellarton Fire Chief Dwight Cambell, the department has future plans for enhancing this historic cemetery.
It was in 1984 when the Stellarton Fire Department along with many community supporters restored the cemetery and the same department has for many years paid for the grass cutting within the cemetery. As well the deparment has provided a pancake breakfast on a yearly basis to raise funds for the grass cuttings. CONTRIBUTED