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Conservationist finds NICHE in cemeteries
For the Patriot-News

Looking out from the Upper Bermudian Cemetery, Adam Lobaugh, 82, can see the homes of his kin among the rolling Adams County hills. "My brother, Guy, lives up there," he says. "I live up at the next place," he adds and rattles off the names of nephews and a niece nearby.

Lobaugh is cemetery director and second-oldest member of the Upper Bermudian Lutheran Church. The church, also known as Ground Oak, was established next to the graveyard in 1782.

Recently, the church's board of directors hired Robert Mosko of Hanover, a cemetery conservationist, and his assistant, Mike Jacoby, to conserve and restore the gravestones and monuments. MORE

  Artisan restores Silver Spring church's Rocks of ages
Of Our Carlisle Bureau

Robert Mosko uses a small brush to remove deposits of green moss and lichens from the tombstone of Mary Anderson Crain, who died April 15, 1870, at age 26 and is buried in Silver Spring Presbyterian Cemetery.

Carbon has blackened the stone, but visible in the granite is a hand-carved three-dimensional anchor in the shape of a cross; a symbol of love and hope, Mosko said.
Crain's is one of about 1,100 surviving monuments in this 2-acre cemetery on the grounds of Silver Spring Presbyterian Church in Silver Spring Twp. MORE


Specially designed, portable over head, lifting equipment enables grave stones; regardless of size and height, to be reset within the confines of a cemetery regardless of terrain and without causing damage to surrounding stones.