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Eagle Scout project improves Thornton Park

Thornton Park in Ottawa is looking much better, thanks to the completed Eagle Scout project of Angelo Bayno.

Bayno, 15, is a sophomore at Marquette Academy High School and a member of St. Patrick Parish. He first was involved in Cub Scouts in grades first through fifth before moving up to Boy Scouts.

The Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, as it is officially known, entails demonstrating leadership while performing a project for community benefit.

To find a worthy project with community benefit, Bayno contacted Ottawa Public Works Director Gary Scott, who offered a number of possibilities.

In deciding on his project, Bayno was inspired by the 2013 project by Eagle Scout candidate Kris Felty of Troop 0744.

Bayno was pleased with the outcome.

"I'm happy that I accomplished a huge step in scouting life by bringing a force together to help restore the park,” he said.

“As a 15-year-old sophomore, time management is easier said than done. Athletics, play and acting, youth group, academics and Boy Scouts make a recipe for sleepless nights,” Bayno said. “Adding a project into the schedule can be a toll, but I feel proud and successful looking back, knowing I accomplished the project."

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