Scout looks for helping hand

Eagle project at Blanchard Post need supplies to finish cleanup

— Local Boy Scout Joe Garry has been working hard to earn his Eagle Scout award before the summer ends, but to finish he needs the community’s help.

As his project, Garry has been working to clean up the portion of land owned by the local American Legion post next to the Elsmere Firehouse. Over the years, it has become overgrown with plants, dead trees and vines, making the space unsightly and unusable.

“To be blunt, it looked like crap,” said post Commander Steve Riedel. “It was going to be a project we talked about tackling ourselves, but then Joe came to us looking for a project.”

The Nathaniel Adams Blanchard American Legion Post 1040 has sponsored Boy Scout Troop 58, Delmar since it was formed nearly 60 years ago. The post pays for things like camping trips, while the scouts often donate their time on projects. Garry said he is grateful to the Legion and as happy to help them with this endeavor.

“We think scouting is important because it gives young men in this world a little more guidance,” said Riedel. “It builds character and camaraderie, and provides the same lessons we got out of being in the military.”

Garry has worked hard on for several months clearing out dead vegetation and laying down wood chips provided by the town. He is also planting shrubs and other greens around the steep slope to one side of the property to prevent erosion and hopes to turns the patch of land above the old steps into a garden terrace.

However, the undertaking is proving to be more daunting than he expected and Garry is now running out of supplies.

“I’m not looking for monetary donations as much as I’m looking for things like soil and additional clippings from people’s gardens to be planted,” he said.

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