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Foothills Trail benefits from Scout project

A covered picnic shelter will likely grace the city of Buckley’s narrow strip of park along the Foothills Trail, thanks to one construction-minded Eagle Scout candidate.

Zach Channon, 17, plans to build the four-post, shingle-roof shelter at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and South River Road, and has received City Council approval to do so. His original plan called for the structure to be built adjacent to the Freedom Pole veterans monument, but that idea was reportedly nixed due to conflicting plans for the expansion of the monument’s brick walls. The structure will now sit roughly 600 feet northeast of the monument.

The construction is Channon’s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. Service projects must serve the community, be completed with the Scout in a planning and supervisory role only, and be completed by the Scout’s 18th birthday.

In Channon’s case, the completion deadline is fast approaching for his Jan. 11 birthday.

“I’ve learned how much goes into planning a project like this,” Channon said. “And I’ve definitely learned procrastination does not help.”

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