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Eagle Scout thanks helpers for Eagle project

[photo1]Editor:
On the weekend of Aug.16, more than 40 volunteers including Scouts, friends and family members all came together to help me with my Eagle Scout project. The plan was to build a 24-by-40-by-8-foot turn-out shelter for the horses at the High Hurdles Therapeutic Riding Program of Suburban Adult Services, Inc. in Sardinia, N.Y. This shelter will provide the horses with protection from snow, rain and hot sun, while they are out in the open pasture.

The High Hurdles Therapeutic Riding Program offers a unique opportunity for growth and development for individuals with cognitive, emotional and physical challenges. Instructor, student, horse and volunteers work together to meet challenging, yet attainable, horsemanship goals. Learning to care for and about horses while mastering riding skills is what High Hurdles is all about.

Thank you to the following clubs and businesses that made either monetary or in-kind donations for the construction of the shelter: American Legion, Field & Stream, Kiwanis, Lions and VFW clubs of Springville; AKTION Club of East Aurora; Abram Brothers Concrete; Amy Schmitt-Kingston DDS; Cattaraugus County Bank; Ciminelli Construction; CH2M & B& W West Valley; Chiropractic Care; Concord Veterinary Clinic Gerwitz and McNeil Electric; Gramco; Grandview Construction; Harry’s Barber Shop; House of Steel; Kevin Ploetz Constructio; Lowes of Springville; McDonald’s of Springville; NJ Construction; Pizza Hut of Springville; Scott G. Nachbar DVM; Sixt Lumber; S & S Taxidermy; Springville Animal Hospital; Springville Eye Care; Springville Hardware; TNT Sound System; Tri-County Tool Rental and Sales and Wendel’s Poultry Farm.

Thank you to the following businesses whose in-kind donations were used to purchase food for volunteers: Subway and Wal-Mart of Springville. Thank you to all my family, friends and families of the High Hurdles Program who donated money and/or food for the project.Thank you to the Scouts, leaders and parents of Troop 524, my friends and family that came for the weekend, to help build the shelter. A special thanks also goes to Larry Rudolph from Grandview Construction, who helped me through the entire process of this project.

Brandon Sullivan
Boy Scout Troop 524
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