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Latrobe Boy Scout teams with Salvation Army for bike project

| Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A Boy Scout in Latrobe is working with The Salvation Army to collect and refurbish bicycles to give to children from low-income familites.

Matthew Squier, a member of Latrobe Boy Scout Troop No. 304, plans to repair and paint the bicycles for his community service project to help earn his Eagle Scout badge, Salvation Army Lt. Raymond Knous said.

The public can help Squier by dropping off used bicycles at the Salvation Army, 1420 Ridge Ave., until March 1, Knous said. Squier hopes to repair and paint 50 bicycles, Knous said.

Squier could not be reached for comment.

“It's his idea,” Knous said of Squier, who approached the Salvation Army last fall to ask whether the organization would support his Eagle Scout project.

Squier plans to solicit local businesses for equipment and supplies to refurbish the bicycles, Knous said. Squier plans to enlist other Scouts to help, Knous said.

Knous said the refurbished bikes will be distributed to children of families who meet the income eligibility guidelines for services from The Salvation Army.

Squier, a 10th grade student at Greater Latrobe Senior High School, is the senior patrol leader of Troop 304, according to the troop's website. This will be the second consecutive year that the Salvation Army has been involved in an Eagle Scout project with a member of Troop 304, Knous said.

Last year, Ethan Byers did his Eagle Scout project at the Salvation Army site, painting the hallways in the public areas and building a closet, Knous said.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-5252 or