TYRONE - Tyrone Hospital rededicated its walking trails Wednesday morning after upgrades and extensions were completed as part of a local resident's Eagle Scout project.
Aaron Mogle said he wanted a project that "everybody could enjoy and would influence people's lives" at the rededication ceremony. About 50 people were on hand to congratulate Mogle for his work and to see the improved trails.
"It makes me proud to know I made a difference in the community," Mogle said.
Mirror photo by J.D. Cavrich
Aaron Mogle walks along the trail he worked on for his Eagle Scout Project.
Mogle and his family worked over the past several months to improve the existing Rev. Dr. Samuel T. Lewis Meditation Trail and to connect the trails on the hospital's campus to those on school lands next door, said hospital CEO Steve Gildea. The project also added new trail maps for visitors and markers naming the various trees and vegetation that surround the hospital campus.
Gildea said Mogle's idea came at the perfect time, as Tyrone Hospital was starting to develop a strategy to promote wellness and fitness in the community. He said he sees people walking, running and biking on the trails every day, and the rejuvenated paths will be a "lasting resource for all of us."
Todd Lewis, who serves as treasurer on the hospital's board of directors, spoke at the dedication to thank Mogle for his efforts to fix up the trail named after his late father.
He said his father would have "loved to be a part of the project" as he enjoyed the simpler pleasures in life, like the changing leaves in the fall and the buds on the trees in spring.
"He loved the ministry of people," Lewis said.
He asked those in attendance to "give 100 percent as caregivers" to the trails, as his father would have done.
Gildea said the hospital "threw a few monkey wrenches" into Mogle's plan as renovations continue on a number of buildings on the campus. An expansion to one building forced the trail to be rerouted several times. Work was being done on the roof of the main building during the ceremony.
Kelly Wike, president of the hospital's board of directors, said the trails "have been an integral part of the this hospital for a long time." When something stressful like a hospital visit hits, she said, sometimes it helps to have a place for peace and quiet.
"Fresh air and a walk could be just what is needed," Wike said.