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Boy Scout Troop Fixes Up North East Cemetery

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It's not often you find a student spending his first day of summer at a cemetery. That's exactly what Boy Scout Andrew Sherman did to reach the ranks of Eagle Scout.

All who aspire to the rank of Eagle Scout must develop a project that will benefit the community. Sherman decided to fix up the Northville Cemetery in North East.

"They had an old iron fence that was kind of falling apart and it was kind of taking away from the cemetery itself, for an aesthetic value," said Sherman.

Along with adding a new fence to the 180-year-old cemetery, the project includes tidying up the plots for those who are laid to rest. "There's a lot of veterans and members of our community buried in here and I think it's a way to give back and help build this for this cemetery," he said.

Sherman had some help from his dad and fellow scouts, including Josh Britt, who says the Eagle Scout project is where scouts need each other the most.

"We've been in scouts together for so long, since kindergarten, Cub Scouts through Boy Scouts," said Britt. "So it's just looking out for each other and always being there for each other when we need it."

Sherman's scout leader says projects like this one are focused on leadership, that he believes leads to success later on in life. "Becoming an Eagle Scout, a lot of people think it's about the merit badges and the advancement but it isn't, it's about leadership and community service, too," explained Scout Master Josh Hallenburgh. "And that's what these kinds of projects teach you."
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