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Residence At Hilltop personal care community reaps benefits of Scouts' patio project

| Saturday, June 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Brenton Bauer works on the installation of one of the flower planter boxes at the Residence At Hilltop in Carroll Township.
Brenton Bauer is assisted by Troop 1515 Scoutmaster Rich Anderson in placement of flower planter boxes as part of his Eagle Scout service project at the Residence At Hilltop personal care community in Carroll Township.
Putting the finishing touches on one of the new benches at the Residence At Hilltop are Troop 1515 members Nathan Barkey, Second Class (left), and Ethan Callaway, Star Scout.

Residents, visitors and staff at the Residence At Hilltop personal care community in Carroll Township are enjoying new outdoor surroundings these days, thanks to the efforts of Brenton Bauer and Troop 1515 of the Boy Scouts of America in Centerville.

“They have done a beautiful job,” said Lynn Matsick, activities director at RAH, of the new flower planter boxes constructed and installed by the Scouts in the patio area behind the spacious facility on Route 837. “We are deeply grateful to Brenton and the other Scouts and their leaders for their time and efforts in enhancing the appearance of the patio, which is one of the favorite gathering spots of our residents during the summer months.”

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.

Bauer, 16, embarked on the work, which also includes construction of three new benches near the patio and the large gazebo behind the Residence At Hilltop and a new bench in front of the building, as part of his Eagle Scout project.

“Community service — helping others — is part of the requirements for Eagle Scout and also a basic tenet of Scouting,” said Bauer, a sophomore at Bethlehem-Center High School in Fredericktown, where he plays varsity soccer. “I've been here before for other programs, so I thought I would ask them if they needed anything done that would fit into my Eagle project. They were very receptive to the idea and suggested the planters and benches. It was a good fit for all of us. It's always a good feeling to know you've done something for someone else.”

Bauer, the son of Brian and Ann Marie Bauer of Deemstown, was assisted with the enhancement at the Residence At Hilltop by other members of Troop 1515 including his brothers, Bailey and Benett Bauer, Nathan Barkey and Ethan Callaway. Adult leaders working with the Scouts were scoutmaster Rich Anderson; Brian Bauer, the Bauer brothers' father, who serves as assistant scoutmaster and cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 1515; and Craig Callaway.

“Brenton has been committed to the Eagle Scout project, just as he has to Scouting in general,” Anderson said. “This is a long process, about a year long, and he has put his heart and soul into it.”

Anderson, who has been affiliated with Scouting since 1983, said Bauer is required to follow the guidelines of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook to reach that rank. Once those requirements are completed, the verified summary of his activities is submitted to an impartial District Review Board for its determination. Final approval will come from the Boy Scouts of America national headquarters in Irving, Texas.

Anderson said Troop 1515 has 12 Eagle Scouts to its credit over the years and noted that two other members of the unit, Andrew Bobish and Nicholas Bobish, have worked on a similar project. Their Eagle service project involved construction of a new deck at the rectory of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Church in Richeyville.

“There are many aspects of life to be learned from an Eagle Scout project,” Anderson said. “Community service, responsibility, discipline and respect are just a few qualities that are instilled in the participants. Eagle rank is the level all Boy Scouts aspire and only those who display the ability and willingness to meet all of the requirements make it.”

Brenton Bauer, a third-generation Scout — his father and grandfather preceded him and his brothers in the program — began his Scouting career in 2003 as a member of Cub Scout Pack 1515. In addition to working his way through the ranks of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, he has earned myriad merit badges and gained membership in the Order of the Arrow, the BSA national honor society. He also is a member of the Heritage Reservation camp for Boy Scouts at Farmington in Fayette County and will work there for nine weeks this summer.

Matsick said Bauer 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. Bauer credited a monetary contribution from 84 Lumber for providing “a lot of help” with the project.

Metal nameplates calling attention to Bauer and Troop 1515 are attached to the planter boxes and benches.

“Our residents are very pleased with what (Boy Scouts) have done in completing Brenton's project,” Matsick said. “The Garden Club here chose petunias and geraniums to be planted in the boxes, and the flowers will serve throughout the summer as a constant reminder of what these young men volunteered to do. The patio is a favorite place of the residents to participate in cookouts and other special events or just to go with their families and friends to relax.”

Matsick also noted that results of Bauer's project will complement the in-house installation of new sidewalks leading to the patio area.

She also emphasized that Troop 1515 has been active in other programs at The Residence At Hilltop.

“They have volunteered to play Bingo and other games with our residents, have assisted with crafts and have visited during the holidays with Girl Scouts from the Fredericktown area to sing carols,” she said. “They also bring homemade ornaments to the residents to be placed on the Christmas trees here. In all that they do, they bring a lot of joy and love into the lives of our residents.”

Ron Paglia is a freelance writer.

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