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Seven Scouts visit Reflector to work on journalism badge

bigjoe • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:11 PM

Boy Scouts from two different groups troop 8 from Sandusky and troop 236 from Berlin Heights visited the Norwalk Reflector Saturday morning to work on their journalism badges.

Seven scouts Kenny Martin, 11, Ben Heckathorn, 12, and Zach Meyers, 12, of Sandusky; and Benjamin Faggionato, 14, Brian Bursley, 13, Tyler Bewley, 14, and Matthew Ortman, 13, of Berlin Heights were on hand.

Three of the seven are either working on their Eagle Scout rank or have already achieved it.

Bewley has been a Scout for seven years.

"I am working on my Eagle Scout project now," Bewley said. "It is four eight-foot picnic tables and a 24 by 16 cement pad at Edison High School. It's for the band."

Bewley, an eighth-grader, is a member of the Berlin-Milan Middle School marching band and he plans on playing in the high school band.

Bursley also is in the eighth grade at Berlin-Milan Middle School. His Eagle Scout project is a bridge for the Erie MetroParks.

"It's going to be on a trail for the horses to ride on," Bursley said. "It's going to take me until the middle of the summer. Lowe's has sponsored me for $200 for building materials.

"Every project you have to put in at least 100 hours. I have about 10 hours in so far. I am doing all of the paperwork now at home."

Faggionato, a classmate of Bewley and Bursley, has already completed his Eagle Scout project.

"I built 10 benches for the Erie MetroParks," Faggionato said. "First we went to the Erie MetroParks and got some schematics. It has to be exact measure per measure.

"We went to Lowe's and made an arrangement to get the lumber cheap. I just asked around and got some help from other people for the rest of the money.

"I started building and had to ask for volunteers from my community. I got a lot of help. We had two days when 10 people came out and two days when four other people came out. Those were our actual building days."

Fourteen is young to be an Eagle Scout, Faggionato said.

Palms is the next scouting achievement for Faggionato.

"It's three months of time in the troop after Eagle Scout and five merit badges that weren't used for your advancement," he said.

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