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Fort Bedford District honors 11 Eagle Scouts

The Fort Bedford District Boy Scouts of America has recognized 11 Eagle Scouts from the class of 2019 in Chestnut Ridge and Bedford school districts.

Fort Bedford District is part of the Laurel Highlands Council and serves all of Bedford County.

Chestnut Ridge School District

n Ian Anderson, son of James and Brenda Anderson of New Paris. He is a member of Troop 4481, chartered by the Bedford United Methodist Church.

Leadership positions included assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader, scribe and historian. Special positions included brotherhood member, Order of the Arrow

His Eagle Scout project involved renovations at the Chestnut Ridge Soccer Field. The project involved replacing the Chestnut Ridge Varsity Soccer’s scoreboard, controller and renovating the seats in the stands. Ian raised $6,000 to complete the project, due to the generous monetary and supplies donations from local businesses.

Ian has been accepted at California University of Pennsylvania to study pre-medicine and will be the kicker on the football team. His ultimate goal is to attend medical school to become a pediatrician.

n Brady Blackburn, son of Shelly and Travis Blackburn of New Paris. He is a member of Troop 4482, chartered by the Bedford American Legion.

Leadership positions include senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and quartermaster. Special positions include member, Order of the Arrow.

His Eagle Scout project involved outdoor seating at the Alum Bank Fire Hall. Brady organized, fundraised and led the construction of seven picnic tables and eight benches for his local fire company.

He plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania for secondary English education and musical theater.

n Nicholas Evans, son of Julia Evans and Brock Evans of New Paris. He is a member of Troop 4482, chartered by the Bedford American Legion.

Leadership positions include assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader and quartermaster.

His Eagle Scout project involved butterfly gardens. Nicholas worked with the Bedford County Conservation Office to plant two butterfly gardens. The first garden was planted at Shawnee State Park, and the second one is behind Bedford Elementary School. The gardens serve as monarch way-stations and promote pollination.

He plans to attend Penn State University for mechanical engineering.

n Dustin Morgan, son of William and Cheryl Morgan of Manns Choice. He is a member of Troop 4481, chartered by the Bedford United Methodist Church.

Leadership positions include patrol leader, quartermaster and historian.

Special positions include brotherhood member, Order of the Arrow.

His Eagle Scout project involved courtyard cleanup at Old Bedford Village. The project involved beautification of the courtyard outside of the event barn at Old Bedford Village and included removing a rotting fence and replacing it with a new split rail fence, pulling weeds, removing and/or trimming trees and shrubs, and installing new gravel pathways. Dustin raised the funds for the project through donations from businesses and individuals.

He plans to attend college to become a teacher

Bedford Area School District

n Owen Biddle, son of James and Joelene Biddle of Manns Choice. He is a member of Troop 4482, chartered by the Bedford American Legion.

Leadership positions include senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, scribe, quartermaster and assistant patrol leader. Special positions include a member of the Order of the Arrow.

His Eagle Scout project involved landscaping at the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce office.

Owen pulled weeds, moved rocks and made beds for plants. He also planted flowers and bushes around the Chamber office.

Owen is enlisted in the U.S. Army.

n Benjamin Biser, son of Richie and Jodi Biser of Bedford.

Benjamin is a member of Troop 4481, chartered by the Bedford United Methodist Church.

Leadership positions include assistant patrol leader and chaplain’s aide.

His Eagle Scout project involved the restoration of two dugouts at the Centerville Recreational Park. He dismantled old dugouts, replaced backs of dugouts, benches, concreted new posts, painted, spread gravel and disposed of old materials.

His future goal is to be a machinist.

n Codi Clapper, son of Troy and Diana Clapper of Buffalo Mills. He is a member of Troop 4481, chartered by the Bedford United Methodist Church.

Leadership positions include senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and den chief.

Special positions include brotherhood member, Order of the Arrow; and vice chief of program, Allohak Menewi Lodge.

His Eagle Scout project involved organizing and cataloging the Bedford High School music library. He pulled folders of music off of shelves, organized each folder in the proper order of instruments, checked for missing parts, labeled each folder with the name of the piece and catalogued them by number order in the computer.

He plans to promote conservation by pursuing a career in forestry or by becoming a park ranger.

n Brandon Dawson, son of Gary and Lisa Dawson of Bedford. He is a member of Troop 4481, chartered by the Bedford United Methodist Church.

Leadership positions include senior patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader.

Special positions include brotherhood member, Order of the Arrow.

His Eagle Scout project involved a handicap-accessible walkway to the Bedford High School track. He built a handicap-accessible walkway with a 150-foot retaining wall that allows safe and easy walking from the high school to the track.

He plans to attend Frostburg State University for mechanical engineering and potentially become a Pennsylvania State Trooper.

n Camden Donahoe, son of Mark and Nicki Donahoe of Bedford.

He is a member of Troop 4482, chartered by the Bedford American Legion.

Leadership positions include senior patrol leader, patrol leader, troop guide, scribe and instructor.

Special positions include member, Order of the Arrow; member of the Everett-Bedford High School Rifle Team; second in the state in the Prone Championship.

His Eagle Scout project involved Bedford Heritage Trail improvements. Camden implemented improvements to the parking area at the southern trail head and planted several hundred seed pods.

He has accepted an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will study mechanical engineering. He will be part of the D1 USAFA Rifle Team.

n Eric Flaaen, son of Peder and Diane Flaaen of Everett (Snake Spring Township). He is a member of Troop 4481, chartered by the Bedford United Methodist Church.

Leadership positions include assistant senior patrol leader and den chief.

Special positions include member, Order of the Arrow.

As a result of his Eagle Project, Eric was appointed to the board of directors of the Juniata Woolen Mill Inc. His Eagle Scout project involved restoration of the historic Bald Hill Cemetery. Eric cleaned, repaired and re-positioned all headstones; installed fencing; removed tree stumps; re-seeded; and installed a plaque detailing the history of the cemetery and many of those interred there.

He plans to become a Pennsylvania State Trooper.

n William Prescott, son of Wayne and Sue Prescott of Everett (Snake Spring Township). He is a member of Troop 4481, chartered by the Bedford United Methodist Church.

Leadership positions include patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, den chief, bugler and Order of the Arrow Troop representative.

Special positions include vigil member, Order of the Arrow; lodge chief, Allohak Menewi; past chapter chief, Nimat Wachtschu; conducts Order of the Arrow troop elections and call outs throughout Fort Bedford District; and member of the Camp Promotions Committee, Fort Bedford District.

His Eagle Scout project involved playground and sitting area at Snake Spring Community Park. Will raised more than $19,000 through monetary donations, goods and services to build a playground area that consisted of two playground sets and two benches, situated on a false hillside built to accommodate drainage within the park. The first play set was destroyed in a windstorm in February 2017.

Thanks to news stories, Will received enough donations from around the country to rebuild the destroyed set. He finished the remainder of the project seven months later.

He has been accepted at the University of Akron to study civil engineering. He will be a member of the marching band.

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