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Scout donates flag to Blue Ridge Summit Library

March 08, 2009

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - The Blue Ridge Summit Library received a new flag Jan. 31. The flag was presented to branch manager Nancy Bert by First Class Scout Aaron Scalese as a project for his reading merit badge.

Aaron, 11, who is in the sixth grade at Thurmont (Md.) Middle School, is the son of Bob and Regina Scalese of Cascade and is a member of Boy Scout Troop 280 of Frederick, Md.

Aaron was able to use the knowledge he obtained from working on his Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge to obtain the flag from U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett, R-6th District.

The flag came with a certificate verifying that the flag had previously been flown over the U.S. Capitol. Bartlett responded to Aaron's request. Aaron wrote and mailed the letter to Bartlett on a Monday and received the flag by the following Saturday.

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The Blue Ridge Summit Library has been in existence since 1922. The building was once a train station and the log cabin behind the library was originally a reading room in the early 1900s before the library was established.

Aaron began his merit badge project by sweeping out the old log cabin for Bert.

Bert began serving the library as a volunteer in 1975 and in 2001 became the branch manager.

The library serves the residents from the communities of Franklin County and Adams County in Pennsylvania as well as Washington County and Frederick County in Maryland and operates partially on public donations.

If you would like to make a donation to support the library, you can do so by contacting Bert at 717-794-2240 or by mailing a donation to P.O. Box 34, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214.

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