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Troop 44 has its day in the spotlight

September 5, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Poland Boy Scout Troop 44 helped open this year's Canfield Fair scouting exhibit. The troop presented some unusual creations during the fair while wrapping up a busy month that included three Eagle Scout projects.

Troop 44 Scoutmaster Bob Zedaker said Troop 44 has a membership of 16 Scouts of which three have been working on Eagle projects that include placing trail markers in Poland Woods, placing more than 140 ton of stone for a playground at a Western Reserve Road charter school, and installing benches and painting a volleyball court at Poland Baptist Church.

"It has been a busy month," Zedaker said.

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Poland Troop 44 Scouts Brennen Testa and Kyle Mamounis prepare to pack it up as their watch at the Canfield Fair ended at noon on Wednesday.

On top of the projects, regular meetings and activities, Troop 44 had the honor of opening the scouting display for the Canfield Fair. They set up at noon on Wednesday and camped out until they were relieved at noon the next day.

Among one of the interesting displays was a backwoods merry-go-round that Zedaker and the Scouts build for young fairgoers to enjoy.

"I had a total of $10 and some rope into it," he said.

Called a Cambridge Merry-Go-Round, the device had an almost colonial appeal to it. The center was a tree branch that was roughly eight inches in diameter. It was firmly placed into the ground. The top had a metal cap on it that pivoted on a bolt. Attached to the center of the cap were lengths of rope that attached to thinner spars the troop carries in its trailer.

From the spars, swing seats were hung and placed the right distance above ground for a child to reach. The merry-go-round had seating for four children who provided the power to get it turning.

 
 

 

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