Mt. Prospect Scout Earns Eagle Rank

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Byline: Jean Murphy

Congratulations to Andy Anderson, son of Marty and Jan Anderson of Mount Prospect, on becoming an Eagle Scout during a ceremony last Sunday at the Community Presbyterian Church. A senior at Prospect High School, Andy has been active in Scouting since he was in first grade, earning 48 merit badges along the way.

The project, which culminated Andy's journey through Scouting, was the planning and construction of a 10-by-12-foot storage building for the church. Built from scratch, not a kit, the project was quite an undertaking. Andy determined the correct quantities of studs, rafters, roof decking, siding, nails and shingles because he could not find a set of plans that met the church's needs and requirements. Fifty-four boys and adults volunteered about 500 hours. It now houses the church's lawn mowers and other outdoor equipment.

Andy is a member of Boy Scout Troop 23, sponsored by American Legion Post 525.

Earth Day celebrations: Both park districts in Mount Prospect have big events planned Saturday.

The Mount Prospect Park District's Friendship Conservatory, 395 W. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, will salute Mother Earth from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, allowing both young and old to work with the soil and plant. Representatives from the University of Illinois, Sierra Club and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will be on hand with information, and the Cook County Forest Preserve will be handing out free tree seedlings. Tours of the conservatory greenhouses and light refreshments will also be available.

Meanwhile, at the Weiss Community Center, 1500 E. Euclid Ave., Mount Prospect, the River Trails Park District will host its annual Earth Day celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. You can witness a real blacksmith use materials from the Earth to perform his trade. Check out the Soil Adventure Mobile from the Field Museum. Get to know some lizards and snakes with Dan the Naturalist. …