Volunteers clean at Mound Cemetery

Fourteen Marietta Cemeteries. Coming Alive volunteers Saturday cleaned tombstones in historic Mound Cemetery.

Misti Spillman, education director for The Castle and Marietta Cemeteries member, led the three-hour tombstone cleaning workshop.

Spillman has written a booklet on proper cleaning techniques. It is included in a $15 kit now being sold to anyone interested in proper and non- damaging tombstone cleaning procedures.

The kits assembled by MCCA member Chris Painter include Orvis soap, a spray bottle for water, scrub brush, gloves and carrying bag.

Volunteers Saturday came from Noble County, Washington County and Wood County, W.Va.

They transformed unreadable black, gray and moss covered head stones into original or at least readable condition.

MCCA is sponsoring an all-day tombstone repair workshop Saturday, May 10, in Harmar Cemetery on Wood Street. Mark Morton of Richland County is teaching tombstone repair techniques.

The 8-hour workshop is $25 to help cover the workshop expense. Registration and cleaning kits are available through chrispainter1966@gmail.com Registration also is available through Spillman at 373-4180.