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Eagle Scout project will improve Heritage Park

LOGAN LOPEZ presents his project at a recent Rotary luncheon.

HIGHLANDS – Logan Lopez, a Boy Scout with Troop 107, plans two projects in the Heritage Park which will earn him an Eagle Scout rank, and a Quartermaster rank with the Sea Scouts.

Lopez belongs to both groups of scouts in the area. Troop 107 is chartered and sponsored by the Rotary Club. The Scoutmaster is Michael Dean.

Lopez’s project for Eagle Scout is to build a wooden fence along the railroad right-of-way, to provide safety for park users and to keep them away from the frequent trains. Lopez says the wall will be built from prefab sections from Home Depot, and be 4 foot high and 120 feet long.

Lopez’s Quartermaster project is to restore the Gazebo in the park to like-new condition. It has aged and been painted with graffiti. He plans to sand blast the surface and re-stain it, and add a crushed granite base and three flower beds to the arrangement.

Lopez has raised $1800 toward the project, but says he is looking for another $2400 to pay for the improvements.

Lopez plans to start the work this Saturday, November 9th, and welcomes anyone who would like to come to the park and help.

He said that with the help of other scouts, the flagpole in the park will also be put back into working condition. At present it is not able to hoist a flag.

Lopez says that scouting helps a boy or girl develop leadership skills, self confidence, and an enjoyment of the outdoors.

There have been five Eagle Scouts in Troop 107 in recent times. Boys Scouts can be as old as 18, and Sea Scouts to 21.

After graduating from high school, Lopez plans on entering the Navy, and hopes to train as a Navy Seal. This would be an apt progression from scouting and sea scouting, he feels.