Joshua Stiles of Poultney makes a dream into a reality

POULTNEY - Joshua Stiles, the son of Rusty and Wanda Stiles, and a junior at Poultney High School, made a dream a realit recently. As a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop #13 Poultney/Castleton, Stiles reached the stage of his rank where required to choose a community service project/Eagle project.

As a Life Scout right now, one of the ranks before an Eagle, one must accomplish a community-based project to become an Eagle Scout. Stiles joined the scouts at 11 years old, and at 16 plans to reach is Eagle rank before he turns 18.

"In addition to this project, I have to earn three more merit badges, one for citizenship in the nation, in the world, and personal management," said Stiles.

"Josh was one of my prior students, and I asked him what he was going to do for this project. He was not sure, so I suggested a dynamic project, which came out phenomenal and outstanding," said Maureen Kahill, a teacher at Poultney Elementary School. "We've needed dugouts for over four years, and Josh has made that dream a reality."

Stiles along with troop members Joel and Shane Galvin, Randy Ettori, Ben Hon, and Devin Spaulding built two tremendous dugouts for the Poutlney community league that will be used by the younger children, a gift to last for years to come. His troop members earn community service awards, as well as credit for their school portfolios, but each of the other troop members must complete their own community-based project to move up to an Eagle Scout.

The dugout project began at the beginning of the summer 2010 and concluded this past weekend on Nov. 6.

Stiles would like to thank other troop members that assisted and would like to give a sincere thanks to those who donated the essential supplies in completing such a project: Parker Water Wells, Turunen Trucking Equipment, Williams Hardware, Loomis Paint and Wallpaper, and Citizen's Bank where Stiles was able to run a carwash for fundraising. Special thanks also go to Uncle Jeff Scott and David Fenton.

For further information, please contact Joshua Stiles at 802-287-2057.

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