ELLSWORTH — Woodbine Cemetery is trying to survive a sharp decline in investment earnings and a culture growing comfortable with cremation.
The cemetery committee plans improvements but needs ongoing support from the community, says the new president, Hancock County Sheriff Bill Clark.
Until the last few years, interest income from investments has been enough to fund maintenance, but due to the downtown in the economy the income is no longer sufficient, Clark said.
Last summer, mowing at the cemetery alone cost $40,000.
“The lawns aren’t going to be as well kept as in the past,” Clark said.