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Eagle Scout Project Brightens Upton Center

Soon-to-be Eagle Scout Cullen Farragher sits on a bench he helped build at The Upton Center. With him are Council on Aging Director Jamie Gardner and Department Specialist Jennifer DeLuca.

Thanks to future Eagle Scout Cullen Farragher and members of his troop, the exterior of Upton's Senior Center is certainly looking brighter these days. That's because for his Eagle Scout project, Cullen, of Troop 132, revitalized the outside of the Center with new landscaping, benches, plantings, and a flag pole. A fence in the back patio area was also constructed.

According to Cullen, so many of the Eagle Scout projects in town have revolved around projects at parks or the Upton State Forest, so he chose to do something at the Senior Center and approached Director Jamie Gardner on what would benefit the Center most. Both agreed a garden and sitting area would be something that many would enjoy.

"I wanted to do something that would benefit the seniors in town," said Cullen.

With additional help from his troop, Cullen re-landscaped the outside front area and leveled off the grounds. The group also trimmed trees, planted perennials, placed two sitting benches in the area, and installed a flag pole. In the back patio area, the group built a fence. The project began in March and was completed in June. According Gardner, the flag was dedicated by Senator John Kerry.

In May, Cullen and his Scout leader Brian Ober came before the Board of Selectmen to receive their approval for the project and to request additional funding for the beautification project, which was estimated to cost $2,000. Cullen was able to acquire donations or discounts from a number of local businesses including Home Depot in Bellingham, Hartford Farms, Precision Network Communications, Select Landscaping, and the Mill Store, which cut costs significantly. The Board approved giving Cullen an additional $1,200 from the E.W. Risteen D Beautification Fund to complete the project.

Gardner said he couldn't be more pleased with the final outcome. "Cullen went above and beyond our expectations," he said. "He kept us fully informed throughout the whole process. It's far better than we could have imagined."

Also brightening up the outside of Center is a new sign that sits near Cullen's Eagle Scout project, which names the 2 Farm St. building as The Upton Center. According to Gardner, the change was meant to announce that not only is the Center for local seniors but also open to low income and disabled residents. "Pretty much anyone who needs help," said Gardner.


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