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Scout can paint Paradise fire hydrants, council says

October 12th, 2010 Posted in Opinion

By Anya Aether

PARADISE–The town’s fire hydrants will soon be spiffed up. Taylor Heaton, 14, had his Eagle Scout project approved to paint the Paradise hydrants by the Town Council.

“I want to paint the fire hydrants in Paradise for an Eagle project. I want to do this as a young men’s activity. And I was wondering if [the town] could get the paint for me,” said Heaton.

Mayor Leland Howlett said it wouldn’t be a problem to supply the paint as long as he paints all the hydrants in the town. He also gave Heaton some advice to get other people and companies to donate for this project. “If you tell Home Depot or Lowes that this is for an Eagle project, let them know what you’re doing, they sometimes donate supplies,” said Howlett.

The fire department needs to check the flow rates of the hydrants first because the caps are painted different colors to signify different flow rates. Howlett suggested that Heaton use an oil-based paint and start with painting all the bases of the hydrants red, then paint the caps after the water flow has been tested.

The project is required to become an Eagle in the Boy Scouts of America, the highest rank in the Boy Scouting program. The project is required to be a service project that benefits the community or an organization other than the BSA. The Scout is responsible for all the planning of the project as well as leading a group of volunteers. In addition to this project the Scout must obtain 21 merit badges for different activities or skills learned.

Heaton said he would like to have this done before it begins to snow.


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