Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Scouting Tribute Attracts Support

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Scouting Tribute Attracts Support

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An effort to build a monument in Cranberry to commemorate 100 years of Scouting has garnered money and attention, some from faraway places and noteworthy individuals.

Among contributors to the Centennial Scouting Plaza & Lake are Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former presidential candidate and an Eagle Scout who ponied up $125 to buy a paving block. The blocks, which will be inscribed at the donor's request, are being sold as one of the fundraising vehicles for the $140,000 project.

"We were really thrilled," said Bruce Mazzoni, president of Cranberry Township Community Chest, the lead civic organization in a partnership to bring the monument to fruition. Mr. Mazzoni also is chairman of the township board of supervisors.

The official groundbreaking for the monument, located at Graham Park off Rochester Road, was in July.

The monument is aimed at honoring the centennial anniversaries of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America. Officials believe the monument is the only one in the country that celebrates the centennial anniversaries of Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America marked its 100th anniversary in 2010; the Girl Scouts of America will mark 100 years this year.

The monument will be in an open-air flagstone plaza at the edge of a stocked fishing pond just beyond the Graham Park baseball campus. The triptych -- meaning three panels -- will depict a mother holding her young daughter's hand and a father carrying his young son; the boy and the girl as Scouts, saluting the American flag; and the Scouts in graduation caps and gowns.

Mr. Mazzoni said he expects construction of the monument to begin in June and be finished in August or September.

He said fundraising recently surpassed the $106,000 mark for cash and inkind donations. The single biggest donation from a private person came from Neva McClymonds, who gave $10,000 in memory of her husband, John, who died last year.

"Our family feels it will be a lasting memory. We have seen a lot of positive changes to Cranberry, and it is fitting that this memorial will be in Graham Park where many of John's grandchildren will play," Mrs. McClymonds said. She and her husband, who owned Cranberry Supply Co. …

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