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Local Boy Scout completes Eagle Scout project

Justin Howard, an 11th grade student at Tyrone Area High School, recently finished rebuilding a retaining wall at Camp Blue Diamond in Petersburg. The 17-year-old completed the Eagle Scout project in late October and had been working on the plan for over a year.
Howard said he got the idea to fix the retaining wall about a year ago when he was working on the maintenance crew at the church camp.
Previously constructed of old railroad ties, which were badly deteriorated, the new wall is built from blocks especially made for retaining wall projects. The blocks fit together with notches to hold them in place. Then, stone and sand are used to fill the blocks.
The total cost of the project is approximately $2,500.
Howard has received several donations but continues to work to raise the approximate $1,627 still needed to pay for the project.
To help raise money, Howard is selling wooden replica buildings from the Warriors Mark area. With the building featured on the front, a small write-up is included on the reverse side with the building’s history. The replicas sell for $19 and include the former Warriors Mark Elementary School, Warriors Mark-Franklin Fire Hall, Warriors Mark United Methodist Church, Spring Mount Church of the Brethren and the Lowrie School House.
Anyone interested in purchasing a replica should contact Jeff, Heidi or Justin Howard at 632-5846.
Also, anyone who would like to make a donation to the project can make checks payable to Camp Blue Diamond and mail to: 4530 Meadow Wood Lane, Warriors Mark, Pa. 16877.
Donations came in many different forms including the Glenn O. Hawbaker company which hauled the block from Julian to Petersburg, along with several truck loads of fill stone and special construction sand used to form the wall’s foundation.
Kolhepp’s Stone Center discounted the blocks, 35 percent off regular retail price. Martin’s Garden Center donated five ton of topsoil while New Enterprise Stone and Lime gave a $200 dollar donation and Lowe’s of State College supplied $25 worth of drain pipe and fittings.
Camp Blue Diamond also helped by allowing the use of its backhoe, tractor and other equipment.
Besides all the generous donations, Howard wanted to thank a few people who helped make this project possible.
He expressed his gratitude to Jeff Sturniolo, Troop 104 Assistant Scoutmaster for his coordination of the design work, along with Nick Neal, Camp Blue Diamond Camp Ground Director and all those who donated to the project.
Also, Troop 104 Scoutmaster Craig Stover and scout Robby Sellers for their help with all the labor.
He also wanted to offer a special thank you to Paul Witkovsky, Camp Blue Diamond Maintenance Director for the many hours he put into the project. Howard also said Witkovsky was able to operate all the machinery and really helped the project move along by removing the old railroad ties quickly.