Eagle Scout repairs PAL playset for project


Anthony Schmaltz (second row, third from left) of Boy Scout Troop 637, in Huntington, stands with his fellow scouts before a playset on the Police Athletic League grounds, in Huntington, on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Photo by Steve Clark.

Anthony Schmaltz, of Boy Scout Troop 637, in Huntington, decided to repair a playset on the Police Athletic League (PAL) grounds for his Eagle Scout project.

"The playset, before we started, it was totally overgrown with weeds, all the way over the top," says Schmaltz's father, Gerry. "We cleaned all the weeds out, cleaned them all out of the sand, killed the rest of the weeds, cleaned the wood, cleaned all the decking on it, we're staining it now to get it ready to go."

Bill Oswalt, who sets up Eagle Scout projects in Huntington, says approximately 20 scouts and 10 leaders have helped with the project. Gerry Schmaltz notes that the group has worked around eight hours on the project so far, with three or four yet to go.

Schmaltz says helping the PAL wasn't a hard choice.

"The PAL club's got a lot of stuff that needs to be done," he says. "They do a lot of stuff for the kids in the community. It's a worthwhile cause. The PAL club is a very worthwhile cause. So, that's why we decided to come out here and help them out with this one."

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Anthony Schmaltz (second row, third from left) of Boy Scout Troop 637, in Huntington, stands with his fellow scouts before a playset on the Police Athletic League grounds, in Huntington, on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The playset was in disrepair and Schmaltz decided to fix it for his Eagle Scout project. Pictured are (front row from left) Jacob Miller, Luke Christman and Zach Tolan; (second row from left) Steve Zahm, Trey Harris, Schmaltz, Blake Sailors and Adam Wixted; and (third row from left) Grant Pape, Daniel Zahm, Donovan Yeater, Ben Brown and Garrett Pape, who helped with the project.