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Sharon Scout plans, builds sign

1/17/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Marcia Karwowski
SHARON — A new welcome sign adorning Sharon Township on state Route 94 just south of state Route 18 was Alex Karwowski’s Eagle Scout project.

He first requested permission to build the sign from the Sharon Township trustees during one of their meetings. He wanted it to be the standard for future signs in the township, so he approached the Sharon Township Historical Society and explained his project. After several versions, a sign design was approved by the trustees. 

Alex then researched all of the companies within Sharon Township, created a database and sent letters requesting donations. Meanwhile, he worked on a materials list to estimate the amount of money he would need to complete his project. He also contacted sign companies to get quotes on the cost of manufacturing the sign. 

After being unable to locate the sign on the property of a nearby business, he approached the homeowner of the next property south, explained his project and was given permission to erect the sign there.

Alex then obtained a zoning certificate, a building permit and inspections. He approached several specific companies for materials (including Unilock for the garden wall and Sharon Golf Club for the landscape boulders and plants). Alex planned the work dates and then solicited volunteers at his church and local Boy Scout troop meetings in Granger, Sharon and Hinckley. He also approached family and friends to request their help.

The following individuals and companies donated to his project: Blackburn’s Inc., Danny’s Barber Shop, Dartech Inc., Desperate Enterprises Inc., Dr. Holly Waite, EBO Group, Godard Auto Sales, Linda’s Coat Room, Profile Rubber, Rent Equip, Rocco Masonry and Concrete, Romp and Stomp, Sharon Golf Club, Snyder Tree Farm, Specialty Chemical Sales, The Sherwin-Williams Co., Unilock, Mr. and Mrs. Steven Zangmeister, Building 9, Northcoast Signworks, Shank’s Custom Remodeling, Sharon Volunteer Fire Department, Sharon Township trustees and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Stewart.

The workday was in November. The Sharon Township Fire Department provided a vehicle to slow down traffic and ensure safety for the day. Alex directed a crew of approximately 10 people who worked the entire day to install the sign, fill holes, dig a foundation for the garden wall, lay stone, backfill and move boulders and mulch. At the end of the day, Alex thanked all the volunteers and especially Duncan Meyer from his church, his Uncle Mike and his fellow Scout Christopher Shuster and his parents, from Troop No. 501 in Medina. 

Alex is shown at above with the newly erected sign.

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