Town rec­og­nizes Scout for project

Walk­way pro­vides ac­cess to park pavil­ion

Record Observer - - Community - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — In need of a project to be­come an Ea­gle Scout, Troop 464 Boy Scout Ian McGrory ap­proached the Town of Cen­tre­ville and asked if it needed help with any­thing around town. The troop, based out of Cen­tre­ville, has com­pleted mul­ti­ple projects in the town lim­its. The town had been re­ceiv­ing com­plaints from hand­i­capped in­di­vid­u­als about ac­cess to the Mill­stream Park pavil­ion, so McGrory be­gan for­mu­lat­ing a project plan to cre­ate a hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble walk­way.

On Tues­day, May 24, Cen­tre­ville of­fi­cials, mem­bers Boy Scout Troop 464 and friends and fam­ily gath­ered at the Mill­stream Park pavil­ion to cel­e­brate the hard work and suc­cess that went into the cre­ation of the walk­way by McGrory.

McGrory said he was ex­cited to do his Ea­gle Scout project at the park be­cause he fre­quented it as a kid and “loved the park.”

Ini­tially think­ing the walk­way from the park­ing lot to the pavil­ion was go­ing to be con­structed with wood — it used to be a rock path­way — McGrory said he was pre­pared and ready be­cause he had worked with wood many times as a Boy Scout. But af­ter talk­ing with en­gi­neers, McGrory was told wood would not work be­cause the area was too wet and the path would need to be con­structed out of con­crete.

“That scared me,” McGror y said. “...I took a cou­ple weeks, and I just didn’t know where to go from there. I just had no idea how to build with con­crete.”

Over­com­ing his ini­tial fear, McGrory said he talked with peo­ple who knew how to use con­crete, “started learn­ing a lot of new words that I now have in my vo­cab­u­lary that I never would have learned if it weren’t for this project,” and he learned how to work with and lay the ma­te­rial..

And one day be­fore the 2015-2016 school year be­gan, hav­ing worked all day on Fri­day, Satur­day, Sun­day and Mon­day prior to, the walk­way, which is ADA com­pli­ant, was com­pleted.

Cen­tre­ville Coun­cil­man Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler opened the cer­e­mony with re­marks. He said he knew the hard work and time that goes into be­ing a Boy Scout as he was one grow­ing up in Penn­syl­va­nia. Sigler said he had been home a month be­fore for the be­gin­ning of trout sea­son and his Ea­gle Scout project, which was a large veter­ans stone put next to a bridge, was still there.

“So, I un­der­stand what it is to work up through the ranks of the scouts and what an ac­com­plish­ment it is to reach an Ea­gle Scout,” he said.

Sigler said the long hours, the ded­i­ca­tion needed to ad­vance through the scouts as well as the ac­com­plish­ments achieved to date will be with them for the rest of their lives.

“You set the stan­dards for what ever y other young boy who sees that brown uni­form wants to em­u­late,” he said.

Hav­ing com­pleted mul­ti­ple projects in the town, Sigler said Troop 464 had “ba­si­cally adopted Cen­tre­ville.” The troop has com­pleted work at the ceme­tery, White Marsh Park, pavil­ions at hospice and at the Cen­tre­ville United Methodist Church as well as plan­ning memo­ri­als near the po­lice sta­tion, to name a few.

Sigler said the troop is work­ing on creating a data­base for the town ceme­tery be­cause the records are so old and are be­gin­ning to fade away. He also said the troop will aid in putting a new roof on the shed in the ceme­tery.

“Guys, you are just amaz­ing in what you do for the town on a vol­un­teer ba­sis, and I per­son­ally want to thank you from my heart, as do the other two folks who help keep the stitches run­ning on this town,” Sigler said.

McGrory and town of­fi­cials thanked Shore Lum­ber, Is­land Ag­gre­gate, Tow­ers Con­crete, Unity Nurs­ery, Steve Lay­den, Price and Gan­non/ Rental Works, mem­bers of Troop 464 and the Cen­tre­ville Pub­lic Works De­part­ment for their as­sis­tance with the project.

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PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Ian McGrory, a mem­ber of Boy Scout Troop 464, stands with his troop mem­bers and Town of Cen­tre­ville elected of­fi­cials dur­ing the of­fi­cial rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony for his Ea­gle Scout project. McGrory, with the help of friends, fam­ily and the com­mu­nity, built a hand­i­cap-ac­ces­si­ble walk­way to the pavil­ion at the park.

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