Austintown trustees honored a local Boy Scout for his work in earning an Eagle Scout award last week. Salvatore Minardi Jr. was given a proclamation or completing a two-seat outhouse.
While it may not sound that great, Minardi's outhouse was something special as it is helping complete the scenes for the Loghurst Museum on U.S. 224 in Canfield Township. Loghurst is a farm museum that dates back before the Civil War.
"I had to do a lot of research on the Internet and in the library," Minardi said
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Troop 115 Boy Scout Salvatore Minardi Jr. received a special proclamation from Austintown Township Fiscal Officer Laura Wolfe during Tuesday’s trustees meeting or work he completed for Loghurst Museum. He received a round of applause from trustees Lisa Oles, Dave Ditzler, and Jim Davis.
He said outhouses in the 1800s were simple by nature. They were built a lot easier than the one he completed, and were built using all hand tools.
Minardi worked weekends on the project for two-and-a-half months to construct the outhouse. He said in total he had 135 hours into it, including putting the half-moon cutout in the door.
"I am guessing it helped bring in a little light," Minardi said.
The outhouse is non-functioning, but will be used for tours to show people how early settlers lived.
While Minardi's Court of Honor, where he'll receive his Eagle Award, is not until Nov. 25, Austintown trustees decided to issue him a proclamation for his efforts.
Trustee Lisa Oles said, "It is always nice to see our youth involved in things like this."
Minardi is the son of Maryanne and Salvatore Minardi Sr. He is a junior at Fitch and is a member of the track team. He also plays offensive and defensive line for the Falcon football team and is a member of Key Club. He is a Scout with Troop 115 out of St. Michael Church in Canfield.
For his Eagle project, he secured a donation of lumber from Home Depot in Boardman and got monetary donations to finish the project from Mr. and Mrs. Scott Cochran and Greg Greenwood.