Scouts clean up village blight


To the Editor:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Troop 4 Gaspee and the Warwick Avenue Ace Hardware Store for their assistance in remediating the unsightly graffiti adjacent to the falls in Pawtuxet Village. Scout leader Joe Fontaine didn’t hesitate in volunteering his senior leadership group. The older scouts were chosen for this activity because it involved navigating a steep trail down to the base of the falls and the fact that the Pawtuxet River current was ragging with all of the recent rain. The scoutmaster explained that the scouts would be performing a public service project for the Gaspee Days Committee, working on litter control and would have time in their schedule to address the graffiti issue. The Scouts arrived at exactly 3 p.m. and attacked the task like a well-oiled machine. The Senior Patrol Leader assigned tasks to the other scouts (Boy Scout Leadership is modeled on “Boys Leading Boys”). The scouts made quick work of covering the 600-square-foot piece of vandalism. They covered the unsightly blemish in approximately 30 minutes with a shade of gray paint that matched the natural stones of the falls.

Scout troops in our community are a tremendous asset and demonstrate continually that “doing a good deed daily” is more than just a slogan. Thank you again to Troop 4 Gaspee and Warwick Avenue Ace Hardware for help in removing this blight from our community.

Rep. Joseph M. McNamara



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