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Eagle Scout Candidate Selects Pinnacle Rubber Mulch for Playground Project

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Eagle Scout Candidate Selects Pinnacle Rubber Mulch for Playground Project

Posted on 27 October 2010 by Press Release

LTR Products, a subsidiary of Liberty Tire Recycling and manufacturers of Pinnacle Rubber Mulch, has recently formed a partnership with a Boy Scout in Bangor, Maine who is working to make a local playground safer for the children who play on it.

To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout – the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America – Sean O’Connor must plan, organize, lead, and manage a community service project. Sean has decided to renovate the Ronald McDonald House playground in his home town, which is enjoyed by almost 450 families who stay at the home each year. A key part of the renovation was making the playground surfacing safer and more low-maintenance. Sean chose Pinnacle Rubber Mulch as the new safety surfacing for the project, an innovative and eco-friendly alternative to wood mulch for landscaping and playgrounds that is made from recycled scrap tires.

“When Sean asked us to donate our Pinnacle Rubber Mulch for his playground renovation project benefiting the Ronald McDonald House, we were more than happy to provide him with whatever he needed to help make the playground a safer place,” said Brad Pittam, general manager, LTR Products. “Not only are we proud to help assist this young man as he strives to earn his Eagle Scout designation, but we are also pleased to be able to offer families at the Ronald McDonald House a safe place to play while they stay at their home away from home.”

“I’d like to thank LTR Products for their generous donation to my Eagle Scout service project,” said Sean O’Connor. “I’m excited that my project will benefit hundreds of families who stay at the Ronald McDonald House in Bangor each year, and companies like LTR Products are making it possible for me help a great cause like the Ronald McDonald House.”

LTR Products donated 7 tons of brown rubber playground mulch for the Ronald McDonald House playground. The mulch will remain bright and plush for at least 12 years, avoiding the need for the organization to have to replenish it on an annual basis, as is often required for wood mulch.

Pinnacle Rubber Mulch will also make the playground safer for children staying at the Ronald McDonald house with their families. In fact, as a playground safety surfacing, a six-inch layer of Pinnacle Rubber Mulch will cushion a child’s fall from as high as 16 feet, providing up to 50 percent more fall-height protection than wood mulch using half of the material. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Council reports that more than 150,000 children are injured in playground falls each year, which makes safety surfacing one of the most vital components of playground construction. Additionally, rubber mulch is non allergenic, non-toxic and harmless to plants, pets and children. It is also clean, minimizes airborne dust and particles, and does not splinter like wood mulch.

For more information about Pinnacle Rubber Mulch, please visit www.ltrproducts.com.

About LTR Products
As a subsidiary of Liberty Tire Recycling, the premier provider of tire recycling services in North America, LTR Products is a creative outlet for advanced rubber-based products. Each year, LTR Products manufactures the raw materials from millions of discarded tires into innovative products such as Pinnacle Rubber Mulch, an eco-friendly alternative to traditional wood mulch. Along with Liberty Tire Recycling, the company maintains a nationwide network of processing plants and convenient shipping points. LTR Products is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, please visit www.ltrproducts.com.

Source: LTR Products

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Prospective Eagle Scout Arranges Donation of DVDs to VA Medical Center

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Prospective Eagle Scout Arranges Donation of DVDs to VA Medical Center

Posted on 14 October 2010 by Dan

Half Price Books partnered with an Eagle Scout candidate Thursday to donate more than 1,000 DVD movies to the VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Hat Tip: @ScottKWalker – Candidate for governor of Wisconsin. (and on Milwaukee County Council Executive Board)

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Eagle Scout Project to Put Smiles on the Faces of Children with Disabilities

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Eagle Scout Project to Put Smiles on the Faces of Children with Disabilities

Posted on 01 March 2010 by admin

Eagle Scout Candidate Forrest Bernhardt, age 14, received the go-ahead from Whitehall City Council on January 12, 2010 to locate a Liberty Swing in Goodrich Park. The Liberty Swing, a world-first Australian innovation, has enabled many Australian children who use wheelchairs to experience the joy of having a swing in a park and it will now provide the same thrill for kids and adults with disabilities in Whitehall and all of West Michigan.

Diane James, Managing Director of Liberty Swing Pty Ltd, said that the Whitehall swing will be the first installation in a public park in Michigan. “Children in wheelchairs in the Western region of Michigan will now have the opportunity to experience the simple pleasure of having a swing”.

“For most children a city’s parks and playgrounds are a favorite place to visit, however children with special needs often cannot participate in the same activities as other children. The Liberty Swing changes that and allows children in wheelchairs to join in the fun and experience the same childhood activities that all children can enjoy”.

About 180 Liberty Swings have already been installed across Australia and New Zealand and it is now considered a standard piece of equipment in Australia for councils planning new accessible playgrounds. The Liberty Swing, featured on the ABC’s New Inventors show, holds most types and sizes of wheelchairs and meets global safety standards for playground equipment, but is unique in that it can be locked to prevent accidents and vandalism and has an internal seat where a wheelchair is not necessary.

Bernhardt now faces the challenge of raising $16,000 to cover the cost of the swing and shipping charges. He is also looking for donations from businesses for pool type fencing that makes this swing safe and donations from local contractors for help with excavation, cement work, rubber surfacing and assembly.

Tax Deductible Donations can be sent to
Easter Seals – Michigan
First Liberty Swing fund
4065 Saladin Drive SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

***IMPORTANT***  Remember to put “Liberty Swing Fund”  in the memo of the check or else the funds will go to Easter Seals and not to the Eagle Scout Project for the Liberty Swing!

Bernhardt’s goal is to have his Eagle Scout Project completed with children swinging by summer!

Source: Press Release

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Pennsylvania Union Leader Criticized Over Eagle Scout Project Threats

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Pennsylvania Union Leader Criticized Over Eagle Scout Project Threats

Posted on 19 November 2009 by admin

An update to the story about the City of Allentown, and the union eyeing up an Eagle Project that took place in a city park.

Fox News has an update about the situation:

Nick Balzano, president of the Service Employees International Union’s Allentown chapter, said last week that the union might file a grievance against the city for allowing 17-year-old Kevin Anderson to clear the hiking trail, instead of paying some of the 39 recently laid-off SEIU members to do the work.

Balzano’s office did not return messages left by FoxNews.com, but the Morning Call quoted him as telling the city council that the union would be “looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails … There’s to be no volunteers.”

SEIU spokesman Matt Nerzig called Balzano’s comments “completely unauthorized and insensitive” and said the union was “not at all” considering a grievance in this case.

Read the whole story at Fox News.

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Union Eyes Eagle Project

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Union Eyes Eagle Project

Posted on 16 November 2009 by Dan

The Morning Call has an article about an Eagle Scout project that has caused some problems with a local union:

In pursuit of an Eagle Scout badge, Kevin Anderson, 17, has toiled for more than 200 hours hours over several weeks to clear a walking path in an east Allentown park.

Little did the do-gooder know that his altruistic act would put him in the cross hairs of the city’s largest municipal union.

Nick Balzano, president of the local Service Employees International Union, told Allentown City Council Tuesday that the union is considering filing a grievance against the city for allowing Anderson to clear a 1,000-foot walking and biking path at Kimmets Lock Park.

“We’ll be looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails,” Balzano told the council.

Read the whole story at The Morning Call.

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Scout Hoping to Replace Elementary School’s Book Collection

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Scout Hoping to Replace Elementary School’s Book Collection

Posted on 13 November 2009 by admin

The Press-Enterprise has a story about a Scout’s Eagle Scout Project to assist in replacing an Elementary Schools book collection that was ruined last year.

Boy Scout Steven Pulsipher hopes a book drive will help Jacob Wiens Elementary School librarian Denise Beingessner replenish some 1,500 books ruined last summer in an indoor flood.

The 16-year-old West Valley High School junior says he could sure use the public’s help.

“If everybody were to just donate one book, that would really help out the school,” Steven said.

As part of his Eagle Scout project, Steven and other members of Boy Scout Troop 308 have set up book drop-off locations at Waldenbooks and Cameron’s Books in Hemet, as well as CM School Supply in Temecula.

Read the whole story at The Press-Enterprise.

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Scouting out Fire Hydrants

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Scouting out Fire Hydrants

Posted on 30 October 2009 by Dan

Eagle ScoutThe Daily Item features an article about an Eagle Scout whose project was scouting out fire hydrants for the city.

He’s made it his business to scout out the hydrants in town so emergency responders can know the exact longitude and latitude for each of the hydrants.

Eagle Scout James Duffy, who is a member of Swampscott Troop 53, approached Fire Chief Michael Champion last summer regarding doing his Eagle Scout volunteer project on fire hydrants.

“Since we have a computer file on the hydrant location, his job was to redo it and verify all the hydrant information,” Champion said. “Over the years hydrants were added or removed to accommodate building and water supply.”

Duffy, who is a senior at Swampscott High School, said he joined the boy scouts seven years ago and he has been working on his Eagle Scout project for more than a year.

“I knew I wanted to do something with the fire department and fire hydrants,” Duffy said. “I figured it might be a good idea to log all the hydrants in town. There are 530 hydrants.”

Read the complete article at The Daily Item.

This would make a fun project to add to the Cache to Eagle program!

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Green Bay Decking Supports Pennsylvania Boy Scout, VFW Park Project

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Green Bay Decking Supports Pennsylvania Boy Scout, VFW Park Project

Posted on 16 September 2009 by Dan

vfw deckGreen Bay Decking, LLC, The Composite Solutions Company, has joined local Springfield, Pennsylvania individuals, clubs, and businesses to help support the construction of a handicapped-accessible fishing pier at Stanley Snyder Wildlife Park. Representatives from Green Bay Decking and local GeoDeck contractors will be in attendance at a special pier-building and dedication event to take place at Stanley Snyder Wildlife Park on Saturday, September 19, 2009.

The pier construction project is being led by 15-year-old Eagle Scout candidate Jack Grimm III and is the result of a unique collaboration between Boy Scouts of America Troop 571 and the Stanley Snyder Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7465. Almost a year after VFW created the five-acre pond and park, the partnership between Jack Grimm and his fellow Boy Scouts, the VFW and Green Bay Decking allows the VFW to finally realize the larger vision of a handicapped-accessible fishing pier which could accommodate able-bodied, disabled, and handicapped veterans equally.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to donate our GeoDeck composite decking product, our expertise, and our support to this special project,” said PeggySue Márquez-Kelly, Green Bay Decking v.p. sales and marketing. “It is our honor to help Jack reach his goal of Eagle Scout and help the VFW build this fishing pier for the Springfield community.”

Installation of approximately 400 square feet of GeoDeck decking boards and final pier construction will begin at 8 a.m. ET on September 19, 2009, at Stanley Snyder Wildlife Park in Springfield, Pennsylvania. The pier dedication ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. Local media is invited to attend.

Contact Ron Donlan, wildlife park coordinator, for more information, including directions to the park, complete schedule, and pier dedication event details.

About Green Bay Decking, LLC:
Green Bay Decking, The Composite Solutions Company, is owned by a Green Bay, WI-based team of professionals with successful track records in operations, manufacturing, and distribution. Their flagship product, GeoDeck™ composite decking and railing system, is the result of extensive research and development. It is low maintenance, easy to install, and resistant to mold and decay. In addition, GeoDeck has superior color retention and best-in-class mechanical strength ratings. GeoDeck is the best overall composite decking solution in the industry – with the science to prove it. GeoDeck is available across the United States and select cities in Canada. For more information, please visit http://www.geodeck.com.

Source: Green Bay Decking Press Release

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Chimp Gym Eagle Project

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Unique Eagle Projects: Chimpanzee Play Gym

Posted on 02 July 2009 by Dan

Chimp Gym Eagle ProjectThe Gulf Coast Council Scouter Jul/Aug 2009 Issue highlights a story about Life Scout Ryan Funk who built a Chimpanzee Play Gym.

For his Eagle Project, Life Scout, Ryan Funk decided to build a Play Gym for the chimpanzees at the Gulf Breeze Zoo in Florida.

The zoo doesn’t have incoming money so he thought it would be a great place to help out. The Play Gym will help improve the chimp’s lives and also enable the zoo to expand and obtain more Chimps.

When Ryan started to work on the project, June 7th, 2009, he had the help of many Scouts from his troop, Troop 400. Ryan wouldn’t have been able to complete the project without them.

The project went very well even though he had some obstacles, including the Chimp Island which is sand surrounded by water. He had to use a little rowboat to carry all supplies to the island including two fourteen foot poles.

Congratulations to Ryan and his fellow Troop 400 Scouts for a job well done!

If you have a story about a unique Eagle Scout project please contact us so we can feature it!

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