By Sandi Latimer
Despite a wet early spring, it appears Gunnar Schmitt will have his Eagle Scout project done in time for a special dedication ceremony this Memorial Day.
Schmitt, from Troop 412, is working on a flag disposal pit and a pad for a flag pole at Oak Grove Cemetery in Pleasant Township. He brought the township trustees up to date on his project at their May 8 meeting.
As a culmination to his work, Schmitt is planning a patriotic ceremony at 1 p.m., May 28, where the public is invited.
Even with persistent rains and cool weather this spring, especially during spring break for the school, the scout managed to get bricks in place.
He has also earned the support of the township fire department in this project. Chief Brian Taylor told him at the meeting that he will have a box at the fire department where people can drop off faded, worn and torn flags for burning, which is the proper way to dispose of flags.
In other news, Taylor, in his report to the trustees, mentioned how surprised members of his department were earlier in the day. He told of how three days earlier, May 5, paramedics were interrupted from a training exercise for an emergency run where a man was having difficulty breathing. Paramedics got him to a hospital and returned to their job.
On May 8, Taylor said, the man they transported stopped by the station to say thanks.
“We were all surprised by that,” Taylor said.
The chief also said that during a smoke alarm day April 28, firefighters installed 116 smoke detectors in township homes, and changed batteries in many others.
The trustees’ next meeting will be at 7 p.m. May 22.