Fredericktown teen brings flowers to seniors with Eagle Scout project

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A Fredericktown teen’s Eagle Scout project is allowing residents of one local assisted living facility to enjoy flower gardening.

Brenton Bauer’s Eagle Scout project, which was completed in 2013, was to expand the outdoor gardening program at the Residence At Hilltop personal care community in Carroll Township.

He raised money for materials for the project, and he and 11 other Scouts in Boy Scout Troop 1515 of Centerville built 10 cedar planters around a patio and benches on the property.

Lynn Matsick, activities director at Hilltop, said Brenton and the others from Troop 1515 provided “all the supplies” for the planter and bench project, including weather-resistant cedar wood, planting soil, flowers and tools.

“This young fellow, and his team, along with his dad, did a marvelous, marvelous job,” she said.

Brenton’s father, Brian, is a leader with Troop 1515, and Brenton and another Scout, Andy Bobish, serve as junior assistant scoutmasters. The Scouts provided the residents with red and purple petunias to plant after the project was finished in mid-May, Ms. Matsick said.

She said residents have told her they would like to plant more petunias, plus geraniums, impatiens and rosemary, thyme and other herbs in the spring.

More than half of the community’s 84 residents enjoy gardening, Ms. Matsick said.

The planters are just the right height for them to work in from a chair or wheelchair, she said.

Plaques on the planters and benches say “2013 Eagle Scout Project: BSA 1515.”

Walt Young, executive director of Hilltop, said residents raise vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes, at another, less visible patio at the facility.

He said it is very exciting for the residents when the flowers they have planted bloom, and their vegetables produce crops.

“We feel very blessed to have had Brenton choose us for his Eagle Scout project,” he said.

He said Brenton is “mature beyond his years.”

As a Cub Scout, Brenton did community service at the residence, playing games and doing crafts with residents.

Brenton said the experience was “very interesting,” since the older people he volunteered with told him stories of what they had done in their lives, and tried to pass along wisdom from their experiences.

He is now a junior at Bethlehem Center High School. During his time as a Scout, Brenton has earned more than 30 merit badges, and has achieved the Brotherhood second level of the Order of the Arrow, a kind of honor society for Boy Scouts.

Brenton’s mother, AnnMarie, also volunteered with the Scouts..

He will receive his Eagle Scout award at a Court of Honor ceremony Feb. 1 at Taylor Methodist Church in Brownsville.

The Residence At Hilltop is operated by Mon-Vale Non-Acute Care Services, a subsidiary of Mon-Vale Health Resources Inc., parent company of Monongahela Valley Hospital.

Anne Cloonan, freelance writer:

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