Scouts soar to highest BSA rank



Two outstanding young men from Exeter were recognized in an Eagle Scout ceremony held Feb. 9 for their service and dedication to the organization and their outstanding contributions to the community of Exeter. Andrew Crookshanks and Patrick Hewitt of Exeter were awarded the Eagle Scout badge on behalf of the Boy Scout Troop #309, Exeter.

Patrick Hewitt’s community service project involved building a shade structure at the Exeter Dog Park located across from the City Hall. The project required many hours of planning, developing the blue prints, acquiring donations to purchase the needed materials, and even taking the time to learn about city planning and permits. Although a permit was not required, City Councilman Jack Allwardt stated that it was a “good learning experience” for Patrick to see how the city’s process works.

Andrew Crookshanks was also awarded his Eagle Scout badge for his community service project planting trees to beautify the Dobson Park area. Both young men have been active in Scouting for many years and were honored by their friends, family, and community leaders during the ceremony this past Saturday held at the Miller Dofflemyer Scout Building in Exeter.

The Eagle Scout award is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a Boy Scout, and demonstrates the highest level of leadership, community service and dedication to the organization.

Members of the Friends of Residential Exeter Dogs attended the ceremony to honor and thank Patrick for his dedication to his Eagle Scout project and for building the shade structure at the Exeter Bark Park. The shade will provide additional comfort to the park, especially during the long hot summer months to invite patrons to visit the park with their dogs.

The FRED group is a volunteer organization, currently working towards a tax-exempt status to help support the park’s future improvements, maintenance, and progress. The group meets as needed to discuss fundraising projects for the park, and to assist the City with park upkeep.

If you are interested in donating to the FRED group to help support continued improvements at the park, please contact Mike Germaine at 592-5396. A Spaghetti Feed to support the Bark Park is set for March 10 at Pete’s Fresh Grill in downtown Exeter. Tickets are $10 for spaghetti, salad, bread, and dessert, available for take-out between 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, and may be purchased from FRED members, at the Exeter Chamber or Tangles Salon. To buy a ticket, call Mike at 592-5396.

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