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Eagle Scout completes project in the nick of time

Staff Writer

Scott Township's Eric Shean finished his Eagle Scout project just in time. A few more days and all his hard work would have been for naught.

With his 18th birthday looming in the future, Eric decided he better make a decision on what to do his project on.

"I spent a lot of time searching for a project to do and I couldn't find anything, " says Eric. "Without the help of Adam Mittner I wouldn't have found anything."

Eric decided to take fellow scout Adam up on his offer to allow him to do the project he had planned to do in a few years. Adam had his eye on the Ross Colonial Cemetery, but decided since he still had a few years to go he could give up his idea for Eric.

Eric was grateful and began working to finish the last of his badges and then applied to have the Eagle Scout Project approved.

"The thing that gives you a huge headache is reading the book on how to do an Eagle Project," says Eric.

He says the book is very general and that caused him to be concerned if he was doing things right.

Once the project was approved, he got to work with family, friends and fellow scouts to clean up and place a new fence around on the Ross Colonial Cemetery on Library Avenue in Carnegie.

While Eric worked on whacking weeds to ground level, rototilling and planting grass, four other members of Boy Scout Troop 831 work hard to complete their Eagle projects.

Ian Gagorik painted a church in Rennerdale while his brother Brad worked on a different project. Andrew Giffin took doors from the Andrew Carnegie Free Library in Carnegie and refurbished them.

During the hard work at the cemetery site, Eric unearthed a variety of junk. He thinks people were using the area for a dump as he found old rugs, bricks, glass and other trash buried among the tall grass and weeds.

Now that the cemetery has been cleaned up, the soon to be Assistant Scout Master Eric wants to make sure the area stays that way. He is interested in starting a group that would work together to service the area atleast once or twice a year.

If interested in volunteering with the group or joining Troop #831 led by John Mittner, call Eric at 279-0302.

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