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Eagle scout created handicapped viewing area at Tri-Town Community Center

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BRASHER FALLS - Handicapped sports fan can now get a better view of the hockey games at the Tri-Town Community Center thanks to the efforts of a St. Lawrence Central School sophomore.

Jeffery Guerard, son of Marc and Sarena Guerard, Brasher Falls, created a handicapped viewing area for his Eagle Scout project. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 77, Potsdam.

“I noticed that people who to go hockey games in wheelchairs can’t quite see over the boards to watch games,” according to Mr. Guerard, 16, who has been a Boy Scout since he was 8 years old.

With donations from J.C. Merriman Inc., Triple “A” Lumber and his grandfather, Pierre Guerard, Mr. Guerard set out to make sure handicapped individuals could see all the action on the ice. He planned, directed and with the help of groups of volunteers, built the handicapped viewing area following a planning process that took about two years.

The project itself, once they started building, took 125 hours to complete.

“I think we usually worked in groups of six at a time. We all worked five hours a time,” he said.

It’s a project that helped him not only work toward his Eagle Scout rank, but also made an impact in the community.

“I am glad that I have had the chance to give back to my community in a way that recognizes leadership and hard work,” said Mr. Guerard, who attained the rank of Eagle Scout on April 8.

Brasher-Stockholm Recreation Commission Co-Chair Jeremiah Mahoney said he appreciated the work done by Mr. Guerard and the other volunteers on the project, which was coordinated with Ritchie LaFave, who runs the arena.

“We were very appreciative. It seems during the winter it gets used. We had a couple of temporary step-ups. This is permanent and very well done and very much appreciated. They worked hard at it,” Mr. Mahoney said.

Although he has reached the top rank in the Boy Scouts, Mr. Guerard said there are other achievements that can reach during his time with the organization.

“They represent that you have been in the Boy Scouts after Eagle and are still a leader,” he said.

Scouting has been a way of life for Mr. Guerard for eight years, who said he enjoys the activities he has participated in since joining.

“I really like camping. I just like being an outdoor person and hanging out with my friends. We have a really good time,” he said.

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