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Stonington
Originally published in Castine Patriot, June 28, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, June 28, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, June 28, 2018
Greenwood Cemetery site of third annual cemetery tour

Stonington Public Library’s cemetery tour

The Greenwood Cemetery in Oceanville, home to many leading lights of the Stonington and Deer Isle communities, will be the site of the Stonington Public Library’s third annual “Gone But Not Forgotten” cemetery tour. Pictured, nancy Greene portrays Helma N. Bush, founder of Les Chalets Français summer camp for girls. Roger Greene kicks up his feet as Reginald “Reggie” Greenlaw, Stonington entrepreneur. Six other citizens will be reenacted at the library’s third annual “Gone But Not Forgotten” cemetery tour.

Photo courtesy of Stonington Public Library

The Greenwood Cemetery in Oceanville, home to many leading lights of the Stonington and Deer Isle communities, will be the site of the Stonington Public Library’s third annual “Gone But Not Forgotten” cemetery tour.

Featured this year are Gordon MacKay, founding editor and publisher of Island Ad-Vantages; D. Jewett Noyes, owner and operator of Noyes Pharmacy in Stonington; Helma N. Bush, who founded the renowned Les Chalets Français summer camp for girls with her sister, Elsa Zelley; Vernon Gotwals, organist and professor of music; Vesta Webb, a postmistress and telephone operator in Oceanville; George “Med” Dunham, an electrician, town leader, and longtime Opera House projectionist; Reginald “Reggie” Greenlaw, an entrepreneur best known as the founder of R.L. Greenlaw & Son oil company and owner and skipper of the Palmer Day charter boats; and Henry Freedman, who was co-owner of Freedman’s Department Store along with his brother Izzie.

The tour will take place Saturday, July 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the cemetery, rain or shine. Light refreshments will be available at the site. Volunteer “gravediggers” will accompany attendees through the cemetery and provide additional information.

Tickets may be purchased at the Stonington Public Library in advance or on the day of the event at the cemetery. Tickets will also be available at the Turtle Gallery in Deer Isle and at Dockside Books in Stonington.

In conjunction with the cemetery tour, the the library will host a panel discussion on the history of the “French Camp,” which will include former campers, counselors, and family members of the founding sisters, on Friday, July 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the library.

The “Gone But Not Forgotten” tour received special acclaim in March when the Community Advisory Board of the Stonington Opera House staged a version of the library’s first two tours as part of its winter programming lineup.

The cemetery tour is the library’s main fundraising event for the year, according to a press release.