Who wants to build a pergola at the Community Gardens?
That was the challenge offered to all Boy Scouts in town, by Ellen Greenberg.
Brendan Wisniewski was the first to respond. He wanted an Eagle Scout project that would benefit the community in a lasting way. This was perfect.
After meeting with Ellen, Lou Weinberg and Nick Mancini — all Community Gardeners — Brendan conducted research online. He figured out the size, materials and structural integrity of the pergola, then created a detailed plan including time frame, help needed, cost and drawings.
Former Troop 39 scoutmaster Tony Giunta helped. Fellow scouts offered their assistance. Guided by Brendan’s father Mark (current Troop 39 scoutmaster) and his mother Jeanne (troop committee member), construction began.
Over 175 volunteer hours later, the pergola is finished. A few hurdles remain, but Brendan should soon join his brother John in the Eagle Scout ranks.
And Nick Mancini’s grape vines will have a home.
(Hat tip to Johanna Rossi)