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A New Place to Gather at Kiwanis Beach, Thanks to an Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout Jose Porter

A young man in Upton has earned the rank of Eagle Scout with the completion of a service project that will benefit his community for many years to come.

Upton Boy Scout Troop 132 member Jose Porter has spent the past year working with his troop as well as several town departments to design and construct a 30' x 20' pavilion at Kiwanis Beach in Upton as part of a required community service project to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

For Jose, a recent BVT graduate, the journey began last year when he approached Upton Recreation Commission Director Mary Cortese about the needs for the town park, knowing that he wanted to give back to an area where he spent time in his youth. "I have spent a lot of time there at the beach and fishing at Pratt Pond," he said.

Once the project was chosen and approved by the Troop Committee, there were still many things that needed to be completed before he could jump right in. "I had to go to Board of Selectmen meetings and to different groups asking for money for the project, and then to the Building Department for approval," he said. Funding for the project came from several sources including the Community Preservation Commission (CPC), the Recreation Commission, and the Upton Men's Club.

Most of the construction work was completed from mid-February through the end of March, when the Boy Scouts had to contend with the weather while building the structure. The pavilion was completed on March 31, and Jose said that in total, he has spent approximately 655 hours on the project.

Although it was many hours of hard work, Jose said it was well worth it. "I am very happy with it; I come down here all the time to look at it. It makes me really happy to see that people are already using it," he said.

Jose's Scout Master Bill Porter, who is also his father, said that although the pavilion was a "huge undertaking" for both Jose and the troop, he was confident in their abilities. "I am not surprised at what they were able to accomplish; this troop is tremendously capable," said Porter. Porter said that his son learned a great deal from this service project, and was in agreement that it was worth the effort. "It will be here forever," he said.

Cortese was also pleased with the addition to Kiwanis, stating that the pavilion will open up opportunities for additional community activities in the near future. "The pavilion is better than I ever expected; it looks so natural, like it has always been there," she said. Cortese was equally impressed with the new Eagle Scout and his Troop. "Jose worked so hard and it was quite a learning experience for him; it was a huge undertaking," she said.

The pavilion will be christened at a Grand Opening ceremony of July 13, where they will honor Jose and his troop for their efforts in building the new pavilion.

Working through the winter, Jose Porter and members of Upton Boy Scout Troop 132 built a new Pavilion at Kiwanis Beach in Upton. Contributed photo


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