Chris Aierle, a 16-year-old from Dannemora, and a junior at Saranac, restained and repaired the Saranac Coop Nursery School on Birch Street in Dannemora. The project required 36 and one-half hours of his labor, and 70 hours of volunteer time.
"My younger sister Lydia was attending the nursery school and it looked pretty ratty," Chris said. "I saw it was in desperate need of repair."
Seventeen-year-old junior Travis Sperle from Saranac was turned down by the Saranac Town Council when he approached them about restoring the Saranac historical signs for his Eagle project because someone was already committed to the project. The town historian had another idea for him, though. Several years ago, a local man uncovered three large rocks in a vat while he was digging a basement. The rocks and vat are remnants from the Redford Glass Company and the rocks have Redford Glass in them. The rocks had spent the past few years sitting unappreciated behind the town garage. The historian suggested Travis build a lean-to alongside the town hall to put the rocks on display. Travis did just that. It took him 38 hours and 165 hours from volunteers to complete the project.
Jeremy Trevail, an-18 year-old home-schooled senior, built a new ramp for the Dannemora Methodist Church. As a member of the church, Jeremy decided to bless the church with his project.
"I went to the Dannemora Methodist Church Board meeting and asked if there was anything I could do for them for my Eagle Scout project. They said they could use a new handicapped ramp," Jeremy explained. The project's completion required 37 hours of Jeremy's time, and a total of 169 hours of volunteer labor.
During the Scout ceremony, Mr. Dorman pointed out only two percent of scouts ever reach the rank of Eagle. He went on to say, "A previous survey of leaders revealed that 17 of our United States Senators, over 60 of our Congressmen, 11 of our state governors, 14 of our senior military officers, and over 1,700 chief executive officers/presidents/heads of corporations are all Eagle Scouts."
The above facts speak volumes, not only of the four young men being honored, but of their Scout Master Jim Aierle and all of the Assistant Scout Masters, parents and other volunteers involved with Saranac Troop 35. Additionally, it is reassuring to know the future of the North Country will be under such capable and honorable leadership.