Ea­gle Scout Project look­ing for vol­un­teers with Smart phones

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Arts & Entertainment - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Boy Scout Troop 1829 Life Scout Tim Weibell has ap­proval to do a unique Ea­gle Scout Project, be­gin­ning Satur­day morn­ing at 9, at the Ch­ester­field Ceme­tery in Cen­tre­ville. Tim said, “This project has been done in other places around the nation. It’s about help­ing peo­ple be able to do re­search work for their per­sonal fam­ily history.”

What Tim needs is vol­un­teers to come to the ceme­tery Satur­day morn­ing with fully charged Smart phones to take pic­tures of in­di­vid­ual head­stones of each grave marked in the ceme­tery.

Tim said, “This is part of an app called Bil­lionGraves. The app will record the GPS lo­ca­tion along with the photo of the head­stone. This project will mean a lot to many peo­ple who want to find the graves of their an­ces­tors. It will be of great value to those try­ing to know about the peo­ple who came be­fore them.”

The in­for­ma­tion from each head­stone can be up­loaded into a mas­sive fam­ily history data­base from the vol­un­teers phones. That in­for­ma­tion will be used by peo­ple re­search­ing their fam­ily his­to­ries any­where they live in the nation.

Tim has re­ceived per­mis­sion to ac­knowl­edge ser­vice hours to stu­dents who need such hours to­ward their grad­u­a­tion re­quire­ments for help­ing with the Ea­gle Project.

Ch­ester­field Ceme­tery opened in the 1840s for the town of Cen­tre­ville. In­deed, there are many mark graves with births and dates of deaths for many peo­ple. When vol­un­teers ar­rive, they will be as­signed a cer­tain row of marked graves to pho­to­graph with their Smart phone.

Ea­gle Scout Projects must have prior ap­proval from the Area Boy Scout Coun­cil, and must be deemed wor­thy to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity in gen­eral.

The rain date for this event will be the fol­low­ing Satur­day, Oct. 20, but that is if there is heavy rain on Oct. 13.

Tim Weibell can be con­tacted if you have any ques­tions or need to com­mu­ni­cate with him via his per­sonal email at timweibell@gmail.com.

Dory is a sweet, lov­ing lit­tle kit­ten that is search­ing for her new home. This orange and white tabby loves ev­ery­one she meets. She does well with other cats and with chil­dren, flirt­ing with them in the hope she will be adopted. To meet Dory, call Ch­e­sa­peake Cats and Dogs at 410-643-9955.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Troop 1829 Life Scout Tim Weibell stands in Ch­ester­field Ceme­tery, where he will be work­ing on his Ea­gle Scout Project from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Satur­day, Oct. 13. He needs vol­un­teers with Smart phones to come take pic­tures of head­stones to be up­loaded into a na­tional fam­ily history web­site.The ceme­tery opened in Cen­tre­ville in the 1840s.

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