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A walkway to remember in Greencastle

August 27, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Allison-Antrim Museum in Greencastle soon will have a completed brick walkway that will connect the museum to the parking lot and barn, thanks to Christopher Harbaugh's Eagle Scout project.

Harbaugh began the project last Monday, with the help of volunteers from Greencastle-Antrim High School, his Scout troop and his father. By Thursday, most of the bricks for the walkway had been laid.

"It's definitely a challenge," said Harbaugh, 16, who decided on this as his Eagle Scout project because his aunt, Bonnie Shockey, is the president of the museum.

Although Harbaugh and his volunteers have little to no experience with creating a brick walkway, they have encountered few problems along the way. One of the problems came Tuesday, when rain forced the crew to leave the site early.

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"Only one day we got held back, (which is) pretty good," said Harbaugh, whose experience for the project came from helping his father put a patio on their house.

Another problem, which happened Thursday, was that one section of the walkway was higher than the other because the sand level was higher, so the sand had to be scraped down. Harbaugh described both problems as "minor difficulties."

"This is a pretty big part of the (barn relocation) project," Harbaugh said. "It connects the existing building, new parking lot and barn (and) also is handicapped-accessible, which is one of the goals of the project."

The barn relocation project began in October 2003, when the Allison-Antrim Museum purchased a barn south of Chambersburg, Pa., at the intersection of U.S. 11 and Loop Road. The barn, which is a German bank barn from the 1860s and '70s, was dismantled at its original location, repairs were made and it then was brought to the museum's property in 2006 to be rebuilt.

Harbaugh was given a $4,000 budget from the museum for his Eagle Scout project, but through donations and the help of several local companies, the total cost will be lower.

Ganoe Paving of Greencastle donated labor to the project by excavating the land for the walkway, Greencastle True Value Hardware donated equipment to the project and Nitterhouse Masonry Products of Chambersburg donated bricks, sand and some of the stone for the project.

Harbaugh has been a Boy Scout since he was about 6 or 7 years old. He said it has been "a very unique experience."

One of the requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout is a project.

"You have to pick something that benefits the community, (is for) a nonprofit organization and organize it so you can show leadership," Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh said the first step in the project was excavating the site. Then, a 4-inch stone base was put in by Ganoe Paving and was graded to be as flat as possible. Next, sand was put on top of the stone. Edging was placed along the sides of the walkway, with 12-inch spikes to hold the edging down. After that, the bricks were laid on the walkway, which is estimated to be 1,000 square feet. The last step is to put down polymer to bind the bricks and keep out weeds and ants.

Since the project began, Harbaugh said he has had between eight and 14 volunteers helping him, some of whom were doing community service that is required by Greencastle-Antrim High School. Derek Cohenour, 17, was one of the volunteers from the high school.

"We have to have 30 hours of community service," Cohenour said. "But at least I'm learning something."

Harbaugh also fulfilled his high school community service requirements through the project.

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