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Greensburg Scouting project an aid to all

| Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, 8:49 p.m.

Two Boy Scouts are using paint to earn their Eagle Scout awards and help Greensburg residents in the process.

Kyle Merritt, 17, has earned his Eagle honor — Boy Scouting's highest honor — by spray-painting house numbers on curbs in the Saybrook Housing plan, where there are no streetlights.

Nick Cerilli, a fellow member of Boy Scout Troop 480, plans to continue Merritt's work to earn his Eagle. He wants to start the work in a few weeks.

“I have many friends in Saybrook, and I know at night it's hard to see their house numbers,” said Merritt, a Greensburg-Salem student. “Ambulance personnel can't see anybody's addresses. I thought this could be a great help to everybody.”

Merritt used a self-made stencil kit to paint black numbers on the white curbs in front of 125 houses in the development.

He began in March and completed his efforts on May 25.

“I just started on the main road ... and then the roads surrounding that main road,” Merritt said.

Cerilli said he liked what Merritt accomplished.

“I thought this would be a good idea,” said Cerilli, who will be a sophomore this fall in Hempfield Area High School. “It's for an emergency. We don't want confusion. If someone needs an ambulance, they can use (the numbers) to know where a house is.”

City Administrator Sue Trout praised the teens for thinking of others.

“I believe the project is a worthwhile safety initiative,” she said. “Curb-side addressing allows the first responder in an emergency to locate the home specifically at night. There are no street lights in Saybrook, so the address painting on the curb side is additional identification.”

Merritt, who has been involved in Scouting for more than six years, earned his Eagle Scout honor in June. He said he felt good receiving the award.

“Not only was there a sigh of relief (earning his Eagle), but it made me feel like I gave back to the community,” Merritt said.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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