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Ti scout completes bridge project

TICONDEROGA The rebuilding of the LaChute River Walk footbridge project was identified a year ago as a much needed repair job for the community of Ticonderoga. This is a foot bridge that was originally built around 1990. Miranda Ross is an Eagle Scout from Crew #72 in the Wakpominee District and the Twin Rivers local council. Ross came to PRIDE and met with Kristi Mars the director of CYC Connecting Youth and Communities to discuss community service projects. PRIDE of Ticonderoga Inc. and CYC have been working to secure funds and administer projects along the LaChute River Walk Trail. Ross did an extensive site visit and then researched information for the rebuilding of the foot bridge via SUNY-Plattsburgh. She had detailed outrigger construction; decking construction; and support construction of the rebuilding of the foot bridge. Ross submitted a detailed project description and identified the group that would benefit from this project as the community of Ticonderoga in its entirety including CYC/PRIDE as the lead agency and she detailed how she would demonstrate her leadership requirements to complete the project. A materials needed list was prepared along with a project time schedule for the duration of the project & safety hazards were identified by Ross for the volunteers to heed. Miranda has set an exemplary example of how a coordinated community service project is run, Mars said. She was well-organized and a pleasure to work with. This project had many sources of support. Mr. Steve Arzberger from Niagara Mohawk was able to get two telephone poles donated to the project, Mr. Chris Mallon from International Paper Mill of Ticonderoga donated the use of their crane to put the telephone poles into place, and CYC Connecting Youth & Communities and PRIDE of Ticonderoga Inc. contributed fiscally to this project for the betterment of the Ticonderoga community. For more information about community service learning projects contact Mars at 585-6366.

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