South Notables: Baldwin High senior earns Eagle Scout

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Adam Grosse of Troop 323 was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout during a recent ceremony at Baldwin Community United Methodist Church in Whitehall.

He is the son of Barbara and Harry Grosse of Whitehall.

Adam's Eagle project included building and installing Wood Duck nesting boxes in the wetlands. With the help of Keith Henderson of the Wildlife Habitat Alliance and scouts of Troop 323, Adam established boxes in the Pymatuning wetlands and in Peters Creek as part of a continuing effort to maintain a vibrant population of birds.

Adam is a senior at Baldwin High School and has been involved with scouting for 12 years. He completed all the requirements for the rank of Eagle while continuing involvement with athletic programs at the middle and high school and working evenings at a local restaurant.

"Scouting is just one of many dimensions of the young men in our program. Members participate in a variety of activities ... athletics, band and theater arts" said Troop 323 committee chairperson Randy Hillard.

Two of the highlights of Adam's scouting years included a 12-day backpacking trip with a crew of Scouts into the Rocky Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch and a weeklong trip to Florida Sea Base, involving canoeing to a remote island in the Florida Keys to live for the week.

Whitehall Mayor James Nowalk and Councilman Glenn Nagy attended the ceremony and presented Adam with a "Citation of Merit." Mayor Nowalk noted that only two percent of all those participating in scouting receive the Eagle rank.

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