CROWNPOINT-Crown Point has new picnic tables thanks to its latest Eagle Scout.
Duke Mildon, who received Boy Scouts' highest award recently, built 10 tables for town parks. The tables are his community service project, which is required of all Eagle Scouts.
Bethany Kosmider, Crown Point supervisor, is impressed by both the workmanship and the young man.
"I was concerned he would not be able to build 10 picnic tables for the town, but build them he did," Kosmider said. "We were given 10 very large picnic tables that were beautifully crafted by him, with help from his troop."
He is a member of Troop 70 in Crown Point.
Mildon is the son of Judy and Steve Mildon of Crown Point.
Delivering the picnic tables, Mildon stressed his desire for them to be used by local residents.
"It was obvious to me he cared very deeply about the citizens of Crown Point," Kosmider said. "I assured him I would see to it that these tables were placed in Veterans Park, Memory Park and Monitor Bay Campground common area - and for Crown Point campers.
"It is my promise to Duke that for as long as I am supervisor of the town of Crown Point, his picnic tables will be engraved with 'Built for the people of the Town of Crown Point by Duke Mildon'," she added. "It is evident that this young man has been given all the attention, love and training that all children deserve and need. Scouting is a wonderful tool - and congratulations to Duke. I am proud to say he is from Crown Point."
Crown Point Troop 70 has produced a number of Eagle Scouts under the direction of leaders Dave Hall and Chris Johnson the past three decades. Steve Mildon, Duke's father, has joined the scout leadership team the past few years.