CADYVILLE David Miller, a fifteen-year-old sophomore at Saranac High School, grew up on Goddeau Road, just two houses down from Cadyville Park. He spent many happy hours there on the playground and ball fields.
Miller also spent many happy hours throughout his boyhood involved in scouting activities. As member of Saranac Troop 35, he advanced through the ranks and last year, he made it his goal to attain the highest rank possible in scouting Eagle Scout. Miller began thinking about what he would do for his Eagle Scout project, and quickly decided it would be something to give back to the park that had given so much to him.
About a year ago, I noticed that the sign was too small and hard to read, he said. It was then he decided constructing a new sign for the park would make a great project.
I contacted the Town of Plattsburgh Parks and Recreation Director, Bob Robare, about the project, he explained.
Robare liked the scouts idea, but retired before the project began, and Melanie DeFayette took over. David Miller expressed gratitude to Robare for approving the project and to DeFayette for giving him so much support and enthusiasm throughout the project.
Now the project is completed, DeFayette is still bubbling with enthusiasm.
We are extremely happy to have a young man like David who grew up next to the park give something back like this beautiful sign, said the recreation director. Ive seen the amount of time and effort that went into this project and Im grateful to have one of our parks be the beneficiary of those efforts.
The building of the sign required a combined total of 130 hours of labor from Miller and volunteers. Before construction began, though, he spent many hours going door to door and mailing out letters asking for donations. He also raised $49 by collecting and redeeming bottles. The final cost of the project was $771.
It takes a lot of hard work and raising money to become an Eagle Scout, Miller commented.
Initially, his scout leaders, Buck Terry, Jim Aierle and Chuck Kostyk, offered their assistance.
They did so much to help organizing the project, Miller said.
The new Eagle Scout is also thankful to all of the businesses he patronized for the sign materials. Their discounts helped keep the expense of the sign to a minimum. The granite came from Adirondack Custom Granite, in Au Sable Forks, with Carnes Granite Company, also in Au Sable Forks, performing a beautiful job of engraving. The cement was purchased at Plattsburgh Quarries; Concrete Building Supply, also in Plattsburgh, is where Miller bought the 324 bricks he estimated he would need for the project. Only two bricks were left over, which David kept as souvenirs.
Extra hands for the building of the sign came from fellow scouts John Downey, Carson Hynes and Michael Terry, who gained rank advancement by volunteering their time.
The most help, however, came from master mason Tim Tedford, who volunteered a total of twenty hours over a period of four days. It would not have happened without him, Miller said of Tedford with gratitude.
The first step in building the sign was measuring the site to make sure it would be visible when approaching the park from either direction. The final step was applying the waterproofing, which Miller did on Aug. 30.
When David Miller and his parents stand in just the right spot on their back deck they can see the beautiful sign, the result of the Eagle Scouts hard work. Bob and I are so very proud of David. His quiet determination has seen him through many years of scouting, commented Davids mother, Suzanne Miller.