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For the week of January 24 through 30, 2001

John Reese attains 
Eagle Scout

Wood River High School senior John Reese attained a milestone in his young life when he received his Eagle Scout honor at a special ceremony Dec. 26, 2000 in Hailey.

Reese, 18, son of Susie and Ron Reese of Bellevue, had his Eagle Court of Honor on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 26 in St. Charles Parish Hall in Hailey. John is a member of Wood River Boy Scout Troop 6.

Improvements made last year at Phil Homer athletic field in Hailey, where John played his high school football, comprised the young manís Eagle Scout project.

He built the base on the Homer Field dedication rock, and he installed an irrigation line near the football field to water the new grass on the hill adjoining the field.

On his project description, John wrote, "This project will be of benefit to the School District and the community because it will enable the School District to put grass on the berms surrounding the field."

Those berms on the west hill are where spectators have gathered to watch Wood River High School football games for the last 20 years. Before Reese finished his project, the berms consisted of weeds and rock.

Reese, in carrying out his project, estimated he personally spent 99 hours of work between the jobís inception, in May 2000, and its completion, which was Aug. 6 of last year.

Spending another 100 hours of work to complete the task were his valued helpers.

They included Levi McGonigal, David Markin, Ross Schwartzenberger, Jim Chatterton, Ron Reese, Steph Miller, Steve Dick (the backhoe), Jubal Brown and Ryan Thomas;

Also, Lee Stoops, Susie Reese, Keith Myers and Company (topsoil), Dave Swenke, Larry Anderson of Anderson Asphalt (pouring the base for the Phil Homer stone) and School District employees.

Idaho Lumber (rentals) and Silver Creek Irrigation (pipe) also contributed. Johnís project list of materials included 4,800 square feet of turf and 210 feet of irrigation pipe.

Of course, no project seems to run smoothlyóand John inevitably encountered some changes along the way.

He had to run the irrigation off the existing irrigation line and place turf on the side of the hill so people could sit on nice, soft grass instead of hard rocks.

Johnís project counselor was School District Building and Grounds director Mike Barratt.

Barratt explained, "The plan was delayed due to many changes behind the control of the Scout himself.

"John did an excellent job rolling with the punches."

The total cost of the project was $1,944, with nearly all of the cost of materials and rentals donated by local companies and the School District.

John, after finishing up his Cub Scouting, became a Boy Scout in Jan. 1994. He attained First Class in Feb. 1995, Star Scout in Aug. 1995 and Life Scout in April 1996.

At the Dec. 26 ceremony, Peter DeBaun from the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum gave the invocation.

Special guests included Snake River Council Boy Scouts of America district executive Dan Arters, and district commissioner Wanless Southwick and his wife Sherry.

Other special guests were district chairman Lamar Duffin and Ketchum-based Troop 192 scoutmaster Paul Stoops.

Scouts from Pack 87 and Troop 6 took part in the opening ceremony. Eagle Scout Jim Chatterton and Troop 6 Scouts read the Scout law. Bob Jost recited the "Eagle Scout Poem."

Master of ceremonies and local unit leader Maurice Pyne along with Larry Thornton presented John with his Eagle Scout badge.

In his comments, Pyne said, "Becoming an Eagle Scout is a great accomplishment and being an Eagle Scout is a great responsibility."

He reminded John that his obligations include living with honor, being loyal and courageous, serving others and having a vision of leadership.

To cap the enjoyable post-Christmas evening, a Dutch oven dessert was provided by Eric Schwartzenberger, and Maurice and Merla Pyne.

His entire Scouting career has been beneficial, John wrote in his Eagle Scout project book.

"Over the past 12 years," he said, "scouting has shaped my life in ways that not even I will fully understand. I have become an up-standing citizen and leader in the community.

"This has pointed me toward the direction my life is heading."

"I hope to attend Texas A&M in the fall semester of next year and major in construction management. During the time I spend in college I plan on going through the Cadet program at Texas A&M.

"After college I plan on moving back up to the Wood River Valley and starting or working as management. I hope to retire before Iím 40.

"During my next 22 years I plan on spending a lot of my free time leading Scouting and helping with other organizations, including Rotary and the Lions Club."


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