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Boy Scout accents Mt. Pleasant trail head

Jeremy Lowery of Boy Scouts of America Troop 119 in Connellsville builds a bulletin board at the Coal & Coke Trail head in Mt. Pleasant to fulfill a portion of a community service project necessary to earn his certification as an Eagle Scout. Submitted

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Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, 8:57 p.m.

Boy Scouts of America Scoutmaster Chuck Coldren said he thinks the best time for a bike ride is fast approaching.

“You couldn't ask for a better time than late fall, early winter to bike,” said Coldren, Eagle Scout project coordinator/Boy Scout advancement chairman for the Old Trails District.

Bikers in Mt. Pleasant who are looking do so along the Coal & Coke Trail will have a place to catch a breather and read about any upcoming news thanks to a project completed recently by Jeremy Lowery, 16, a member of Boy Scouts Of America Troop 119 of Connellsville.

Lowery built a covered, wooden structure near the recently completed trail head near Shop Demo Depot at 1 Cooks Way in the borough which offers passersby two benches and a two-sided bulletin board on which members of the community are free to post information.

When considering a community service project to complete, Lowery said he was referred to Bob Keeler, secretary of the Coal & Coke Trail Chapter, regarding the possible need for such an item at the trail head.

“Dr. Keeler suggested I put up a sign, that's what I did,” Lowery said.

Coldren, who evaluates up to 125 Eagle Scout projects annually in the Westmoreland/Fayette Council, said the job done by Lowery is exemplary and provides a fine public service.

“I was pleased; it was quite an undertaking,” Coldren said. “With that trail, you're connecting two small cities that interact with one another to begin with. Now people can hang different things on that board. I thought it a great project for the boy to do.”

To complete his community service project, Lowery on Saturday erected an identical structure near the other end of the Coal & Coke Trail in neighboring Scottdale.

The project was funded by the Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant.

A.J. Panian is a staff editor with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or

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