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Eagle project spruces up town

December 13, 2005

CLEAR SPRING - As part of his Eagle Scout project, Alan Downs decided to spearhead a replanting in certain areas of downtown Clear Spring. Alan, 17, is being supported financially in his efforts by the Clear Spring Garden Club.

In addition, some of the plants were discounted by Lilies of the Valley Enterprises in Brownsville; and others were donated by Exline Iris Garden, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; and the Maryland State Highway Administration.

"I have been a scout since the fifth grade," Alan said. Currently he is a member of Troop 117, which is led by Keith Sheffler.

"This was my Eagle Scout project," Alan said. "I spent more than 40 hours finishing all the work."

Now that the actual planting work is done, Alan is busy preparing the paperwork necessary for the Eagle Scout project requirements. "Now I have to turn everything in and wait to see if it is approved," he said.

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He said he was aided by members of his troop, the St. John's United Church of Christ Alive and Brethren youth groups, some cub scouts and members of the garden club.

Five years ago, the downtown beautification project included plantings between the sidewalks and the street. Since then, improvements have been needed in several areas, prompting Alan's interest in the project.

"I'm glad I did this ... I'm proud I did it," Alan said.

A senior at Clear Spring High School, Alan plans to attend college next year but is still pondering where and in what field of study.

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