Gilfillan’s troop effort creates Union Hill amphitheater |

Gilfillan’s troop effort creates Union Hill amphitheater

Early in the morning on Aug. 21, I headed out to Union Hill School with my brother, Billy Gilfillan, to help him finish his Eagle Scout project.

We met some family members, many scouts and adults from Boy Scout Troop 855, and headed to a spot cleared by Kelvin Grass, the grounds manager at Union Hill.

In the forest behind the preschool building, our work to create an amphitheater began.

We unloaded the tools, and the youth started to rake the area free of rocks and branches. My mother and I went hooked up to the water line and sprayed the area so it wasn’t so dusty.

An older scout and adults Greg Pellerin, Steve Pizialli and Don Beilstein used an auger to drill the holes that we would used to support the benches. My grandfather, Ken Sikes, prepared the concrete to hold the benches in place. My uncle, Bob Sikes, and my grandfather are both Eagle Scouts.

When the concrete was ready, we filled each hole with cement with help from adult Gwen Fackrell. The benches had been made at our house over the summer, so we only had to put them in and check that they were level.

We made the ground look good and covered the concrete at the legs so you couldn’t see it.

When we were done, we had extra concrete, so we used it to make the letters UHS in a dirt area at the back of the amphitheater.

Scoutmaster Ken Newton was there to offer support and admiration.

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