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Our Newest Eagle Scouts
Mitchell Baltmiskis Makes
Mitchell Baltmiskis, Troop 27's
twentieth Eagle Scout, passed his board of review on
February 18, 2015. He is the first Scout in Troop 27 to
complete his Eagle Scout requirements in 2015, and the
last Scout to reach the rank of Eagle under the direction of
Scoutmaster John Ohlson.
Eagle Scout Projects Enhance
Fox Island Community Spaces
Eagle Scout Candidate Daniel Crone Completes Work
New Potting Shed for Community Garden
Eagle Scout Candidate Daniel Crone of Fox Island's Troop 27
completed work today on a new potting shed for the
Fox Island Community
Garden, as his Eagle Service Project. The shed was donated by a
fellow gardener, and Daniel & his crew of helpers reconstructed it
on the garden site off 9th Avenue.
Mason Yonkers' Eagle service project
consisted of extending the irrigation system for the
Community Garden this summer.
With the expansion of the garden by
over 50% as a result of another Troop 27 Eagle project, the existing
irrigation system was inadequate to serve the new garden plots.
Mason extended the existing water line, and added three new
faucets, allowing for more sprinklers and hoses to run concurrently.
|This summer has been a busy one for
Fox Island's Troop 27 Boy
Senior Patrol Leader Matthew W. recently completed his
Eagle Project by adding a new
trail connecting the Fox Island Sandspit to the upper parking lot.
This re-routes foot traffic from the parking lot out of the
street on Island Blvd. through the woods, making for a safer and
shorter route to the park gate area.
C. took on another of three Eagle Projects this summer at the
Fox Island Sandspit, enhancing and re-routing the trail from the Demolay
clubhouse area to the beach.
The old trail followed a straight,
downhill path, which became muddy and slippery in the winter.
The new trail has added switchbacks, making the slope more gentle
and less slippery.
Jarrett S. completed the Sandspit trail expansion project by clearing
out some overgrown beach area near the end of Ian's trail, and built
two picnic tables for the Fox Island Sandspit.
The area was
previously overrun by blackberries, and had taken over more than
half of the lawn area near the Southwest corner of the park.
The new tables compliment the other
tables built in 2012 by Spencer
G., also of Troop 27.
The Troop 27 Scouts wrapped up the summer projects with a
landscaping project at the Fox Island Post Office.
strip in front of the Post Office had become overgrown and
unmanageable, so the Postmaster asked the Scouts if they could clear
out the brush and weeds, and get some mulch in place to prevent them
from growing back.
The project was completed in two weekends, with
volunteers and parents from Troop 27.
Zog's at the
Fox Island Deli Now Open!
Store owner Dwayne Herzog is building his 'last gift to Fox Island' Zog's
on Fox Island, a much
needed public gathering place, where residents can sip wine, have a beer,
and a snack while listening to piped-in music, and enjoying the bubbling
fountains and waterfalls in the newest addition to the Store & Deli complex.
The facility features two stories of covered, family friendly
restaurant/pub space, with two outdoor fire pit/fountains and a gazebo.
Herzog said he expects the facility to be completed around Memorial Day,
with opportunities to rent it for private parties for wedding receptions,
and other functions.
Two 'Flaming Fountain' fire pits are the centerpiece of the new Fox Island
The second story features an open-air deck, overlooking the wine garden.
A gazebo will provide a space for musicians to entertain guests.
Troop 27 Eagle Candidate Builds Community Garden Expansion
Ian attaches the deer screen to a fence post, putting the
finishing touches on his Eagle Scout service project.
|Scouts from Fox Island's Troop 27, led by Eagle
Scout Ian Nation, recently built a new deer fence
to expand the footprint of the
The expansion adds an additional 45'
x 70' plot to the popular garden, which provides gardening
space for Island residents who do not have sufficient space
in their own yards for gardening.
Fox Island Sandspit Update
The Sandspit is now open to the
Visitors are encouraged to respect the privacy of neighbors, carry
out dog droppings and trash, and park in designated areas.
Continued public use of the property is dependent upon good
stewardship by the public, so please keep this area open by doing
your part to keep the sandspit clean and safe.
Troop 27 Boy Scouts and
Venturers are currently
working on trail improvements, brush removal and cleanup of the property and
storage buildings. Several Eagle Scout projects have been
underway at the spit recently, adding picnic tables, park benches
a new staircase to the beach, and other improvements.
Scouts from Venture Crew 27 removed moss from the roof of the old
Demolay Clubhouse building recently.
About 50 people attended the PenMet Parks Board meeting on August 20th,
where they took feedback from the public regarding the
closure, and future plans for use of the property. Virtually
everyone present was supportive of keeping the spit open to the
public, except for one person.
PenMet Board member Todd Iversen
made a motion to spend money to install improved signage at the
property, to help make people aware of the private property on
either side of the spit, and the park hours & other restrictions.
Discussion took place about the main issue concerning the neighbors;
the lack of onsite parking.
PenMet is seeking some evidence of
previous parking on the upper lot at the spit property, that will
allow the use of onsite parking in the future. If you
have photos or any recollection of cars parking there, please
contact PenMet parks.
Fox Island Sandspit
Aerial Photo showing parcel boundaries
Park Host Duties &
PenMet Parks has issued an
FAQ document about the recent closure of the Fox Island
If you were unable to make the meeting on August 20th, you can reach the PenMet
Board members via email at these addresses, and send your feedback
about this issue:
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