MILTON MILLS - It was the crowning achievement of Boy Scout David Bloser's Eagle Scout project, the unveiling of the newly refinished floor in the upstairs main room of Milton's historic Milton Free Public Library in Milton Mills.
But Thursday night's ceremony, held on a "carpet" draped across the floor to protect its recently polyurethaned finish, was a celebration of much more than Bloser's remarkable accomplishment.
It also recognized three consecutive generations of Blosers who have attained Eagle Scout status and a cash check given back to the town from Bloser's project after his fund-raising efforts surpassed the costs.
"I think it's significant that we have three generations in a row that made Eagle," said Bloser, a 15-year-old freshman at Nute High School.
Bloser's dad, James Bloser, and his father, David Bloser, were all on hand for the ceremony, taking pictures and congratulating young David.
|Milton Public Works Director Pat Smith accepts a check on behalf of the town from soon-to-be Eagle Scout David Bloser as MFPL library director Betsy Baker looks on Thursday night.|
Also on hand were Dave Barca, Troop #155 Scoutmaster, Pat Davis, Milton Public Works Director, Betsy Baker, MFPL library director, Fred Cameron of Cameron's Lawn and Garden Center which donated use of all the sanding equipment Bloser used for his project and Rebekka, Bloser's younger sister who also lent a hand.
Bloser said the project included many layers, including picking a project, designing the plans to bring it to fruition, checking to make sure he had all the necessary OKs to perform the work and fund raising for the needed money.
One of the major fund-raisers was a pancake breakfast held at the Milton Moose in January which raised almost $1.100.
After generous donations from Cameron's and Home Depot, which supplied the polyurethane, Bloser handed over a check to the town for $860, which will go back to the library to help pay to paint the walls in the upstairs so it matches the splendor of its new floor.
Bloser acknowledge the project took a long time and a lot of work to complete but it was all worth it.
"I enjoyed getting it done," he said. "To organize something, then to see it executed and see the finished project is very satisfying. There's a lot of great programs in Scouting, but just accomplishing things is the best part."