BETHEL PARK, PA (November 10, 2016) — Matthew Nestler of local Boy Scout Troop 228 led a project for his Eagle Scout rank at the provincial offices in Bethel Park, Pa., the weekend of October 15-16. Matt and 30 other members of Troop 228 spent two days extending a deck, building ramps on the deck to enable a landscaper to transport a tractor/mower to an interior courtyard; painted the window frames and cleaned the windows of the office of Provincial Fr. Jeffrey Duaime, C.S.Sp.; and power washed and stained the deck. They also cleaned out two flower beds, and transported and burned brush from around the property in preparation for winter.
Matthew planned the Eagle Scout project — which had to be approved by troop leaders and the province — solicited several local businesses to donate the necessary materials to complete the work and raised funds to pay for some of the materials and for food for the volunteers, some of which was also donated.
Matthew chose to help the province with his Eagle Scout project since his mother, Jennifer, works in the provincial offices as a bookkeeper, and he has gotten to know some of the priests and staff while delivering holiday treats the family makes. He wanted to enhance the property to make it more user friendly for the staff and priests.
Matthew is a junior at Bethel Park (Pa.) High School, where he plays tenor sax in the school’s marching band. He is also head soundperson for the stage crew for the fall play and spring musical, attends the Westinghouse Science Honors Institute and just finished a year-long term as the senior patrol leader for Troop 228. Matthew and his family are members of Westminster Presbyterian Church, in Upper St. Clair, Pa. Matthew plans to study biotechnology (such as genetics or bioengineering) or pre-med upon graduating from high school. He is also interested in studying abroad at some point.