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Cherry Pie Hikers are up to monumental task

February 17, 2001

Cherry Pie Hikers are up to monumental task



Boy Scouts Mason McIlwee and Jacob Macomber weren't just hiking for cherry pies in Saturday's 3 1/2-mile hike to Washington Monument State Park - they had Webelos requirements to fulfill.

"It was fun but I'm tired," Jacob said.

The 10-year-olds both said they enjoyed the trek along with Jacob's father, Andy Macomber, and about 200 other people who braved the gale-force winds and chilling temperatures to help honor the nation's first president.

The annual hike raises funds to help maintain the monument, which is believed to be the first to George Washington in the nation.

The limestone tower, now 34 feet tall, was erected at half that size in 1827, more than 50 years before the celebrated monument in the nation's capital was completed.

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