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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-18-2021

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MARCH 18-24, 2021 LINCOLN 3 Lincoln maps out its cemeteries LINCOLN – Historic cemeter- ies will now appear on Lincoln's Geographic Information System maps thanks to the efforts of several local advocates, who long pushed for these final resting places to be recognized officially in the town's online map system. There are up to 100 or more his- toric cemeteries in Lincoln. Many of them are part of a private house lot, accessible to family members of the deceased via an easement. One group that pushed for histor- ic cemeteries to be recognized on the town's maps is the Blackstone Valley Historical Society. Ken Postle, cemetery coordinator for BVHS, said the map is a good start. The cemetery data was gathered from the state's GIS mapping sys- tem, according to Town Planner Al Ranaldi, and may be missing some burial lots. Postle said the missing cem- eteries include Lincoln Historical Cemetery No. 79 behind the former Larry's Auto on Great Road and Smithfield Avenue. The maps could also benefit from including the associated easements into cemeter- ies, he said. In an ideal world, Postle said, the state would update its GIS maps regularly, and the maps would also show the number of a particular cemetery. He said all of these additions to the data would help shield the cem- eteries from development, while also aiding people researching their ancestors and the town's founding families. People across the country turn to New England to research their colonial roots, he added. "If you want to find your great- grandmother and she's buried in a cemetery right in someone's back- yard, it would be helpful to know where the easement is located to get in there," he said. "That's been an issue in Lincoln, where there have been a couple of easements developed over." The easements aren't the only areas threatened by development. Postle said he fears burials them- selves, lost to time, will be built over if they aren't marked on the maps. "On Sprague Avenue we lost," he said, referencing a home built next to a historic cemetery in recent years. "I saw hollows there. I'll go to my grave saying that," Postle said, meaning divots in the ground where he believes additional people were buried. Ranaldi said the Sprague lot was designated as buildable long before the year 2000, giving the town no jurisdic- tion over whether a house was constructed there as long as the cemetery next to the lot was not interfered with. In an effort to protect historic cemeteries, Rhode Island state law prohibits construction, excavation or other ground disturbing within By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD Lincoln's his- torical ceme- teries will now appear on the town's GIS mapping sys- tem in a move that cemetery advocates hope will help preserve these places. See CEMETERIES, Page 5 WE'RE OPEN FOR ALL YOUR SERVICE NEEDS 36 BLACKSTONE STREET WOONSOCKET 401-766-3270 WWW.TERRYAUTOLTD.COM Gil & Meika WE BUY CARS 2004 GMC 1500 PICKUP Extra Cab - 70K Miles CHECK OUT MY NEWLY DESIGNED WEBSITE! You can now view "VEhiCLES FOR SALE" and Can Also Schedule Your Sales and/or Service Appointment Online. NEED TIRES? GET A QUOTE ONLINE! t LincoLn 270 Front Street 401-724-5600 S ta c h u r S k i Pawtucket 1136 Newport Avenue 401-725-1115 Pawtucket, Darlington, Be sure to see this charming, immaculately maintained 6 room cape. 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