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New pavilion now popular spot at Taylor Park Beach

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CANTON - For years, BSA Troop 27 member Jonathan T. Pinckney had a vision that Taylor Park needed a facility where family and friends could gather to enjoy a beach-side day. In June, Pinckney’s dream became a reality via an Eagle Scout project that produced a 24-by-30 foot pavilion area that has quickly become a popular summer spot.

“I’m pleased with the outcome. It was a lot of work but it’s worth it,” according to Mr. Pinckney, 17, a senior at Hugh C. Williams High School, Canton. “I’m very happy people are using it. That’s the purpose and that’s why I wanted to build it.”

Exploring his Eagle Scout options, Mr. Pinckney said his focus was on doing something that would benefit the community at large.

Now the Canton Recreation Department, who oversees Taylor Park operations, is accepting requests to reserve the pavilion area on a first come, first serve basis.

Since its completion, the pavilion has hosted birthday parties, visits from Canton area not-for-profit agencies, and has attracted general family gatherings. To enhance the pavilion, the village plans to provide electrical service.

Mr. Pinckney said 303 hours of volunteer work went into the construction of the pavilion. Forty-plus volunteers and numerous donations from area businesses and civic organizations allowed Mr. Pinckney to move a step closer to attaining Eagle Scout status.

“I would like to say that this project would not have been possible without the support of the community and all the volunteers that helped and donated their time. It took a lot of work and planning, but it was well worth it for a great community like Canton, New York,” Mr. Pinckney said.

Preceding his pavilion efforts, Mr. Pinckney embarked on a fundraising campaign to help pay for the $5,000 project. In the end, he embraced the support from dozens of north country businesses, civic groups and individual donations.

Mr. Pinckney issued thanks to the following donors: Coakley’s Ace Hardware in Canton. LeBerge & Curtis, Triple A Building Center, Canton, Roll Lock Truss, Waddington, NNY Foundation, North Country Savings Bank, Canton, Knights of Columbus, Canton, Mary Ann Ashley, Mike Pinckney, his father; Canton Chamber of Commerce, Mort Backus and Sons, Ogdensburg, members of the Canton Town Board, the Canton Town Highway Department, MAC Sports, Pack 62, Canton Kiwanis Club, Grasse River Asphalt and Paving, Elks of Potsdam, Edward C. Seymour Post 1231, Canton, Tisdel and Associates, Floyd and Joan Firman, Blair Madore, Aaron and Paula Jones, Joe Pinckney, the Canton Rotary Club, Lowe’s of Potsdam, Price Chopper, Freihofer’s Bread Store, Bob and Betty Fraser, and the Clip Joint.

He also expressed thanks to the group of volunteers who showed up to do what it took to get the job done.

“It took a team effort, and I thank everyone who contributed to the successful completion of this project,” he said.

The volunteer crew included Chris Smith, Joe Stahl, Greg Stahl, Tina Stahl, Andrew Stahl, Blair Madore, Gerald Finley, John Burnham, Andrew Willard, James Pinckney, Nancy Pinckney, Mike Pinckney, Emily Pinckney, Pat Warren, Norman Warren, Denny Warren, Jeremy Warren, Jared Warren, Alan Webb, Louis Oelschlager, Pat McGaw, Chris McGaw, Maureen McGaw, Lance McGaw, Cody White, Jacob White, Jeremy White, Mike White, Calvin Rose, Brien Hallahan, Deb Murphy, Elia Filippi, John Taillon, Dan Tebo, Jeff Hale, Aiden Hale, Dylan Flight, Parker Aldous, Dylan Aldous, John Beaudette, and Issac Ballard.

“It was a great project, and I’m very happy that it has been well received by the community. It’s something that can be utilized for years to come.” he said.

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