CADYVILLE David Miller, a fifteen-year-old sophomore at Saranac High School, grew up on Goddeau Road, just two houses down from Cadyville Park. He spent many happy hours there on the playground and ball fields.
Miller also spent many happy hours throughout his boyhood involved in scouting activities. As member of Saranac Troop 35, he advanced through the ranks and last year, he made it his goal to attain the highest rank possible in scouting Eagle Scout. Miller began thinking about what he would do for his Eagle Scout project, and quickly decided it would be something to give back to the park that had given so much to him.
About a year ago, I noticed that the sign was too small and hard to read, he said. It was then he decided constructing a new sign for the park would make a great project.
I contacted the Town of Plattsburgh Parks and Recreation Director, Bob Robare, about the project, he explained.
Robare liked the scouts idea, but retired before the project began, and Melanie DeFayette took over. David Miller expressed gratitude to Robare for approving the project and to DeFayette for giving him so much support and enthusiasm throughout the project.
Now the project is completed, DeFayette is still bubbling with enthusiasm.
We are extremely happy to have a young man like David who grew up next to the park give something back like this beautiful sign, said the recreation director. Ive seen the amount of time and effort that went into this project and Im grateful to have one of our parks be the beneficiary of those efforts.
The building of the sign required a combined total of 130 hours of labor from Miller and volunteers. Before construction began, though, he spent many hours going door to door and mailing out letters asking for donations. He also raised $49 by collecting and redeeming bottles. The final cost of the project was $771.