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Eagle Scout project gives parents a place to watch their kids



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BRAD OLMSTED stands next to the new bleachers at the Barnstead Youth Baseball Association fields on Route 126. Olmsted built the new bleachers as an Eagle Scout project. Billy Perkins. (click for larger version)
June 09, 2009
BARNSTEAD — For Brad Olmsted, baseball and Boy Scouts have been a large part of life since early youth. So, it was not hard for the high school junior to decide to combine both while making a difference in his community.

Olmsted, an 11-year veteran of Boy Scouts and a candidate for the organization's highest rank, Eagle Scout, chose to rebuild the bleachers at his local baseball field in order to fulfill his Eagle Scout community service project requirement.

"I chose it [the bleacher project] because I've worked with baseball teams before, and I used to play baseball when I was in elementary school," Olmsted said.

The baseball fields, which are run by the Barnstead Youth Baseball Association (BYBA) and are located on Route 126, were in need of a renovation in the spectator viewing area, as the previous bleachers were in a state of decay.

The project, which Olmsted proposed almost a year ago, meets the community service project requirement in order to become an Eagle Scout. All Eagle Scouts are required to complete a project that will benefit their community. In order for the project to take place, Olmsted explained, a Scout must first get approval from his scoutmaster, the organization that the project will take place with, his troop committee, and his district committee.

Olmsted began working on the project at the baseball fields on May 3. He continued working on it May 10, and completed it May 17.

Olmsted said that he received a lot of help from members of his family and community in building the bleachers. He also added that he received a lot of support and encouragement from members of the community too.

"I'd like to thank BYBA, Chryss LaRoche, Mr. Jim Hederman, Mr. Mike Troy and Mr. Chris Hipkiss," Olmsted added.

He also stated that he would like to extend his gratitude toward the many local businesses who donated both money and supplies in order to make his project possible.

"I'd really like to thank Barton Lumber for all of their donations to help supply lumber, as well as Maxfield's [Ace Hardware store in Pittsfield], who donated hardware and paint," he added.

Among the other local businesses and individuals who helped Olmsted are Adam Brickner, ESL Distributors, Suncook River Canoe and Kayak, Arnie's Auto Repair and Gosse Septic.

As for the outcome of the project, Olmsted said, "I think that the parents are going to enjoy coming to the games more.

"I really hope that this can be a great asset for BYBA and the community," he added.

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