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Mt. Pleasant Cub Scouts take part in Pinewood Derby

| Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 9:04 p.m.
For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Cub Scout Garrett Eutsey, 8, of Mt. Pleasant recites the Cub Scout promise prior to the start of the Pinewood Derby held Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at the St. Pius X Church cafeteria in the borough. Barbara Denning | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Cub Scout Ethan Mates, 9, of Mt. Pleasant (left) watches as his car nears the finish line during the Pinewood Derby held at St. Pius X Church cafeteria in the borough as Boy Scouts of America Pack 133 Quartermaster Chris Kelley helps man the track on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Barbara Denning | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Boy Scouts of America Den Chief Curtis Peck (left) weighs a race car as first-time Pinewood Derby contestant Brandon Thomas, 6, of Mt. Pleasant waits for word of qualification at the event held at St. Pius X Church cafeteria on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. Barbara Denning | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal

Long before the checkered flag dropped, Cub Scouts of America Pack 135 of Mt. Pleasant designed their model cars and hoped for a win during the Pinewood Derby held recently at the St. Pius X Parish cafeteria in the borough.

The derby was open to Cub Scouts in grades first through fifth.

Participants were divided into two divisions — one composed of Tigers and the other made up of Wolves, Bears and Webelos.

Each entrant received a kit including a wooden block, four tires and two axles.

It was up to each of the Scouts to carve, paint and embellish their own cars.

“This gives them a chance to make something with their own hands and to enjoy the fruits of their labor,” said James Rega, an assistant Cub master.

Rega added that it also “gives parents the opportunity to participate in an activity with their child.”

Corrie Palmer of Mt. Pleasant said that her son, Brandon Thomas, 6, a member of the Tiger division, was entering his first race.

“It's a big deal, he's very excited,” Palmer said.

Event guidelines required all cars to weigh under five ounces.

The race track, which is constructed of wood and runs approximately 24 feet in length, has gotten plenty of use over the years as it has been handed down from several generations of scouts.

Don Seder, Cub Scout Master, says that the track was previously given to them by Boy Scouts Troop 133.

“It is (more than) 40-years-old,” Seder said.

First, second, third place winners were recognized in each division, along with a recipient of the event's “Best Car in Show” award.

In the Tigers division, Carter Mates placed first, Alex Poklembo placed second and Conner Vanyo placed third.

In the Wolves/Bears/Webelos Division, Dylan Timbrook (Webelo) placed first; Eric Patterson (Webelo) placed second; and Logan Rega (Bear) placed third.

The “Best Car in Show” award went to 7-year-old Arron Helman (Wolf).

Crystal Helman, Cub Scout Pack 135 treasurer and assistant Wolf den leader, says that it was a great turnout with 30 Scouts participating.

“Everybody had fun,” Helman said.

The winners competed in the district-wide Laurel Hill Pinewood Derby held Saturday at Westmoreland Mall in Hempfield.

Webelo Eric Patterson, 11, of Mt. Pleasant, won eight place at the event — the highest placement to come out of Cub Scout Pack 135.

Barbara Denning is a freelance writer.

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