Siblings open lemonade stand for veterans cemetery

Four siblings in Acton stepped up to raise money for the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery after the town voted against donating $1,000 for a new walkway and monument.

ACTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery is one step closer to building a new monument and walkway for disabled visitors. 

The Springvale cemetery asked for an annual donation from the surrounding town with veterans buried there. The town of Acton was requested $1,000, but a town meeting voted against donating that amount. 

"A lot of us didn't make the meeting we just took it for granted that it was going to pass," said resident Jim Driscoll. "We really didn't even think about it."

Four siblings who weren't ok with the vote were Ryley Watson, his brothers Vincent and Ethan, and his sister Taylor. They decided to start a lemonade stand selling water and lemonade, charging $1.00 a glass. 

"We would try to sell lemonade and water, so we could raise enough money for a walk way," said Ryley.

Their goal was to sell $1,000 worth of cold beverages, but they did much better than that. At the end of the summer they ended up bringing in around $2,075. In addition to that a town bake sale, cook out, concert, and raffle raised around $3,600. 

"The strength of community and good," said Driscoll. "Just amazing."

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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