Obituaries

Donna Gann
B: 1943-06-26
D: 2017-06-12
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Gann, Donna
Charles Leavitt
B: 1931-06-03
D: 2017-06-09
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Leavitt, Charles
Judith Whitney
B: 1940-01-19
D: 2017-06-08
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Whitney, Judith
Theodore Emery
B: 1928-04-03
D: 2017-06-07
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Emery, Theodore
Richard Gioia
B: 1943-08-06
D: 2017-06-06
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Gioia, Richard
Gaylor Sanborn
B: 1938-08-03
D: 2017-06-03
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Sanborn, Gaylor
Glenna Ellis
B: 1928-08-12
D: 2017-05-20
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Ellis, Glenna
Anne Mandell
B: 1935-02-22
D: 2017-05-19
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Mandell, Anne
Scott Bunker
B: 1936-06-15
D: 2017-05-15
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Bunker, Scott
Wilbur York
B: 1926-04-01
D: 2017-05-11
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York, Wilbur
Edward Grace
B: 1924-12-01
D: 2017-05-11
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Grace, Edward
Edric Starbird
B: 1930-07-09
D: 2017-05-07
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Starbird, Edric
Samuel Peabody
B: 1925-02-21
D: 2017-05-03
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Peabody, Samuel
Patsy Ward
B: 1923-11-10
D: 2017-05-02
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Ward, Patsy
Laurence Stettner
B: 1938-11-06
D: 2017-05-01
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Stettner, Laurence
Lydia Lyman
B: 1916-04-04
D: 2017-04-30
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Lyman, Lydia
Harriet Bowden
B: 1924-08-05
D: 2017-04-25
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Bowden, Harriet
Frederick Grant
B: 1930-06-16
D: 2017-04-24
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Grant, Frederick
Barbara Richardson
B: 1932-08-12
D: 2017-04-18
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Richardson, Barbara
Ruth Hinds
B: 1929-02-13
D: 2017-04-16
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Hinds, Ruth
Fred Trimble
B: 1920-03-07
D: 2017-04-15
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Trimble, Fred

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Ash Scattering

For families who have chosen cremation for a loved one, the next decision involves what to do with the cremated remains, or cremains. Some of the more common choices are to keep the cremains in their home, bury them at a local cemetery, or scatter them in a meaningful place. For those choosing the latter option, we offer the following.

Basic Rules

While there is no policing agency overseeing scattering, there are some basics you should know:

  • If you plan on scattering cremains on private property, it's smart to receive written permission from the owner.
  • Public parks, including Acadia National Park, require that you obtain a scattering permit.
  • There are no regulations regarding ash scattering on uncontrolled public lands; you need to use your own judgment.
  • You should not scatter cremains within 100 yards of public roads or trails.
  • The cremation container must be disposed of separately and in an environmentally-safe manner.
  • Scattering cremains in inland waters is governed by the Clean Water Act so it's important to obtain a permit from the agency that oversees waterways.
  • Cremains scattering at sea must be done at a minimum of three nautical miles from the coastline.
  • Any flowers or wreaths used in the ash scattering ceremony held at sea must decompose. No plastic flowers or other non-decomposable items should be left behind.
  • For cremains scattering done at sea, the Environmental Protection Agency requires that you notify the regional office in writing within 30 days after the event.

How to Scatter 

Cremains bear little resemblance to ashes; they look and behave a lot like small-grained gravel. However, there are some fine-grains mixed in so be sure to check the wind direction before scattering into the air or a body of water.

The technique of trenching is another option. Dig a small trench in the location of your choice, place the cremains (or a biodegradable urn containing them) within the trench, and cover with soil.

Raking is another technique used. Pour the cremains on the surface of the soil and use a rake to mix the ashes.

You may also wish to check out our selection of scattering urns prior to making plans for your ceremony. Should you need advice on how to design a meaningful ceremony, feel free to call us at (207) 244-3183.
 

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