The damage to the Shaker grave markers during the recent storm is unfortunate. A disgruntled former Harvard Historical Commission member sent a letter to another Harvard paper attempting to assign culpability to the Cemetery Commissioners.

As you previously reported, last year the Harvard Cemetery Commission requested CPA funds ($11,500) for tree removal in the Shaker Burial Ground. The request was supported by both the Harvard Historical Commission and the Community Preservation Committee. It was brought to a vote at annual Town Meeting (Article 34). At Town Meeting, a discussion in opposition to the Cemetery Commission article was initiated by then Board of Selectmen Chairwoman Marie Sobalvarro, which resulted in the article being passed over.

The Cemetery Commissioners are working with the Historical Commission to temporarily store the remaining markers, repair the damaged ones and safely remove other potentially damaging trees. They are dedicated volunteers and deserve credit for their hard work.