Inmates prepare Coast Guard museum for annual spring opening

Deputy Jeff Wiseman, right, oversees the hanging of the Coast Guard Museum sign in Barnstable Village, itself a “sign” that this repository of mariner memorabilia is opening for the season

BARNSTABLEFrom Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office: A five-man crew of inmates dispatched by Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings has the Coast Guard Heritage Museum in Barnstable Village in ship shape, and not a moment too soon. Its May 1st seasonal opening is just around the corner. Hours are 10 AM — 3 PM, Tuesday to Saturday, through the end of October.

Sprucing up was done inside (scrubbing, cleaning floors, moving exhibits, and painting) as well as outside (landscaping, raking, plantings, and even more painting). Retired Coast Guard Captain Greg Ketchen, the museum ’s president, says the polishing, grooming, and tidying up “are invaluable to us. These strong young men very capably assisted our older volunteers, who find this brand of physical labor challenging at this point in their lives. The volunteers really appreciated the help.”

The two-day “white tornado” would have cost about $2,400, money Ketchen acknowledges is hard to come by for small non-profits like the one he oversees.
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