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Eagle Scout candidate starts bleacher project 2012.02.08

Written by David Green.

F.bleachersWarped and saggy boards. Boards with splinters. Missing boards.

Fayette Boy Scout Joseph Stough saw the conditions of the two sets of old bleachers at the village track and decided he had the perfect idea for his Eagle Scout project:

Tear out the old bleachers. Initiate fund raising for new seating. Erect the new bleachers in time for summer activities.

Stough, a member of Pioneer’s Troop #13, has advanced through the ranks of the Boy Scout program and is ready to tackle the organization’s highest position: Eagle Scout.

The requirements include a service project—something that gives a candidate the opportunity to apply his leadership skills to help other people. 

Eagle projects don’t require a Scout to do all the work, but rather to serve as the organizer and to enlist the assistance of others.

Tear-down of the old bleachers occurred Monday morning—Stough is a home-school student—with the assistance of village workers. 

He has already approached many businesses about donating to the project, and collection jars are located at Kaiser’s Supermarket in Fayette and Normal Memorial Library and Jim’s Barbershop in Pioneer.

A savings account for the project was established at Huntington Bank in Fayette, and donations can be made there.

Stough expects to order supplies for the new bleachers as funds become available. The project is estimated to cost $7,000.

Stough will set up one or two weekend workdays when it’s time to erect the new seating. Lunch will be provided.

“I have volunteers who are ready to go,” he said.

Stough approached Fayette’s village council about the project and approval was given first by the park board and then by council.

For more information, contact Stough by calling 419/237-2875.

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