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Aspiring Eagle Scout honored at trail inauguration

Oct 01, 2019
State Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos, independent of Friendship, left, and coach George Gould, right, congratulate Medomak Valley senior Edwin Stone at the Sept. 28 inauguration of a trail he built.

Waldoboro — Medomak Valley High School student Edwin Stone was honored Saturday, Sept. 28, at the inauguration of the George Gould Nature Trail behind the AD Gray School. Presenting the honors to Stone were State Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos, independent of Friendship, and Medomak Valley High School horticulture teacher Neil Lash.

Both Lash and Evangelos praised Stone, a senior at the high school, stating that he had cleared eight tenths of a mile of forest floor by hand. The group in attendance, which included George and Denise Gould, and Edwin's mom, Cheryl Stone, embarked on the nearly mile-long hike at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Evangelos commented that "Edwin has performed a remarkable achievement for his community. He is closing in on his Eagle Scout designation with the Boy Scouts, and this community service project helped Edwin with this honor. I urge everyone in Waldoboro to take this remarkable hike, which meanders through a massive oak and birch forest. It's impressive and represents Edwin's vision." Evangelos continued,  "The community owes a debt of gratitude to Edwin and to Mr. Gould, whom Edwin has run for in the cross-country program at Medomak since his freshman year."

Stone's mother, who works at the Maine State Prison, also commented about the beautiful sign that was erected. "Residents at the Maine State Prison and the Bolduc Unit in Warren all had a hand in constructing the sign and we owe them our thanks for this effort." Neil and Bonnie Lash, Edwin's grandparents, donated the mulch and flowers around the based of the sign.

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