The Coshocton County Beacon January 17, 2018 - Page 14

14 THE BEACON www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com JANUARY 17, 2018 Eagle Scout helps with river water trail access improvements COSHOCTON - Th e Ohio Department of Natural Resourc- es has an ongoing project to develop a water trail on the Walhonding River. A designated water trail helps protect the river, improves public access, and links towns and businesses along the way to information about the river. Th is can improve economic activity in small towns like Warsaw and Coshocton. Part of a water trail includes information points at river access areas to provide the public with information about the river in that area and about the towns and businesses nearby. “Overall it was a fun, challenging project that taught me a lot about project management and leadership and created a product that will have a lasting benefi t for my community.” - Rowan Roberts Contributed | Beacon Contributed | Beacon Rowan Roberts’ Troop 403 Eagle Scout Project was constructing and installing three information kiosks at select points on the Walhonding River Trail. Rowan Roberts’ Troop 403 Eagle Scout Project was constructing and installing three information kiosks at select points on the trail. Th e project had several parts including: Coordinating with ODNR on structural and sitting requirements, fundraising, acquiring construc- tion materials, recruiting, organizing and supervising volunteers to do the construction and installation work, and reporting results to ODNR and to the Boy Scouts of America. To accomplish his project, Roberts worked closely with Dave Zacharius from ODNR. Together they planned the sitting and structural aspects of the project. Once that was completed and he had a green light from ODNR and BSA and Roberts started the fundraising portion. His estimated budget was $750. He started a Go Fund Me campaign and raised $1,000 to use on the project. When the funding was secured he worked with Lee’s Glass Service, Tractor Supply Company, and Lowe’s to gather the construction materials. Th e next step was recruiting some help. Roberts’ put a call out to local scout groups, friends, and other inter- ested people. He ended up with 12 people helping with various aspects of construction and installation. Togeth- er they did more than 130 hours of labor to complete the project. Roberts says, “Completing this project was one of the last steps toward completing my Eagle Rank in Boy Scouts. I applied many of the skills I had learned as a scout to accomplish this. Overall it was a fun, chal- lenging project that taught me a lot about project man- agement and leadership and created a product that will have a lasting benefi t for my community. Th ank you to everyone who helped, especially the crew from ODNR, Coshocton TSC, and Lee’s Glass.” Affordable Housing Head Start 330-674-9100 740-622-1412 Family Planning Emergency Services & Shelters & Health Services 740-622-9801 740-622-2829 Home Energy Assistance (HEAP) Senior Services 740-622-9801 740-622-4852 Weatherization Dental Clinic & Energy Efficiency 419-289-4957 740-622-9801 Making our service area a better place to live. www.knohoco.org