By Cara L. Dempski
GLENWOOD CITY — The St. Croix County fairground’s flagpoles could soon have a new location and design thanks to local Boy Scout, Nolan Stodola, who is working toward his Eagle Scout rank.
Stodola, 15, the son of Kelly Clark and Josh Stodola, of Glenwood City, is currently raising money to set three new flagpoles in concrete near the beekeepers’ area of the fairgrounds. His efforts have already garnered nearly $1,000 of the $3,500 budget for the entire project.
“So far, I have money jars for people to donate at Norm’s and the Hardware store, and I hope to put one at Leaker’s Place,” Stodola said.
The Glenwood City resident said he chose the fairgrounds for the location of his project because the Boy Scouts do the opening ceremony for the St. Croix County Fair each year. He also said the current flag poles, part of a memorial area, are somewhat hidden by foliage.
The money raised so far was a donation from the St. Croix County 4-H Leaders Association to cover the cost of the new flagpole for the 4-H flag. Rita Palewicz is donating landscaping items along with her time and expertise for the project. Denny Hurtis, the grounds and maintenance supervisor for the St. Croix County Fair, has been Stodola’s advisor at the fairgrounds.
According to Stodola, Eagle Scout projects like this typically take between one year and one-and-one-half years to complete. The community service project is just one of seven criteria a “Life Scout” must meet in order to achieve the Eagle rank.
The Boy Scouts’ website indicates candidates for Eagle Scout must “plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community.”
The project must be approved by the organization benefitting from the effort, a troop Scoutmaster and unit committee, and the council or district before it can be started.
Other requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout are being active in a troop for at least six months at the rank of Life Scout, demonstrate how the Scout Spirit is being lived according to the oath and Scout Law, earn a total of 21 merit badges, as a Life Scout, serve the troop for six months in a position of responsibility, participate in a Scoutmaster conference, and successfully complete a board of review for the Eagle Scout rank.
Stodola hopes to have enough money raised to start work on the project as soon as the ground is ready to be worked this coming spring, and would like the project to be done prior to the start of the 2017 St. Croix County Fair in July.
In addition to the donation containers placed around town, there is an account set up at Hiawatha National Bank for the project, which the public can donate to.