Eagle candidate plans landscaping project

May 04, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

KEEDYSVILLE -- Weather permitting, the weekend of May 16 and 17 will see Eagle Scout candidate Matthew DeTora and his crew from Troop 20 working on the landscaping at the new Keedysville branch of the Washington County Free Library.

A sophomore at Boonsboro High School, Matthew, 15, said he was interested in some sort of gardening to complete his Eagle Scout project at the library.

"I intend to landscape around the building, clean and repaint the cement curbing and parking stops, along with painting the front and back pillars," Matthew said.

He met with Ethan Weber of Sunny Meadows to develop a plan for the landscaping and based on that, Matthew prepared a list of necessary materials.


Shrubs planned include green luster holly, sky pencil holly, azaleas, rhododendrons, boxwoods, roses, daisies, yarrow, coneflowers, hostas, ferns and a variety of annuals.

"Mr. Weber will be dropping the stuff off. We hope to complete the work in one day," Matthew said.

Members of Matthew's troop will be helping with the labor.

"I love to show leadership, so I'll be the supervisor," Matthew said.

The DeTora family came to Keedysville about four years ago via New York and Delaware.

Since joining Scouts, Matthew has been involved in building retaining walls, digging up grass that was growing over a sidewalk, painting a shed, and building pedestals and cabinets at an art center in Hagerstown.

Matthew said Troop 20 has about 25 members led by Scoutmaster Carl Bolland. It meets every Tuesday at Shafer Park in Boonsboro.

"The town is really excited to get this done," Matthew said.

Keedysville librarian Sally Hull was excited when she learned there would also be two rain barrels outside the library building at 20 Taylor Drive.

The son of Bill and Carol DeTora, Matthew said his older brother, Jeffrey, now 18, landscaped Boonsboro Middle School for his Eagle Scout project two years ago.

After years of sharing space with Keedysville Town Hall, the library now is alone at its location. Last summer, the town hall and offices moved into a former bank building the town bought on Main Street.

Keedysville Library hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

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