Derby Cemetery Seeks Grant To Shore Up Sagging Bank

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Town officials in Derby are applying for a grant to help pay for work needed to shore up a sagging section of the Derby Line Cemetery.

The Derby Board of Selectmen put in the application for an emergency watershed protection program grant. President of the cemetery commission Harry Porter tells the Caledonian Record that the grant may be available because the erosion has been worsened by this year’s spring flooding.

Officials in Stanstead, Quebec – directly across the U.S.-Canada border from Derby – are concerned that if the cemetery’s shaky bank gives way, the ensuing deluge of earth could impede the Tomifobia River, causing flooding on the Canadian side.

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