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School fix-up project wins Eagle Scout wings

The combination of strong leadership – and a persevering group of young men who started in Boy Scout Troop 64 at all about the same age – has produced several Eagle Scouts from just one local Troop over the past several months.

On February 3, THE BEE was invited to the Eagle Scout Investiture Ceremony of David Mair, a senior at Cleveland High School. It was held at Moreland Presbyterian Church in Westmoreland, where the Troop regularly meets.

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - At his Eagle Scout Investiture Ceremony, David Mair is congratulated by Eagle Mentor of Boy Scout Troop 64, Jim Sharp. “I've been in a Scouting since in grade school,” Mair said. “I stayed in scouting partly because I believe in the values of the Scout Oath and Law. Also, I’ve been with the same group of guys my age; we all ‘grew up’ together, and learned Scouting together.”

Reflecting on being invested as an Eagle Scout, Mair said it was the culmination of a decade of effort. “It’s a reward for my hard work. But it’s not just about me getting the award, it’s also that I have a deep appreciation for my mentors, and all the people who help me achieve this level of Scouting.”

His Eagle Scout project was renovating the Eastmoreland’s Holy Family Catholic School’s outdoor grotto. Mair organized a group of volunteers to clean the area, paint the walls around the grotto, install new plants, cut shrubbery, build and install a new bench, and stain the Mary and Joseph statues.

After he graduates from Cleveland in June, Mair said he’ll attend Pacific Lutheran University and study journalism.

“I’ll take with me all the values that I have learned, but I will still come around and help out the younger guys, when I’m needed,” Mair said.