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Local scout builds handicapped-accessible fishing dock

David Martellock receives his Eagle Scout scarf and badge from his parents as part of the ceremony recognizing his achievement of reaching Eagle Scout status.

David Martellock receives his Eagle Scout scarf and badge from his parents as part of the ceremony recognizing his achievement of reaching Eagle Scout status.

— The village of Cazenovia now has a new handicapped-accessible fishing dock on the banks of Chittenango Creek behind the Cazenovia Public Library. The fresh, bright umber-colored wood is somewhat hidden within the tall grass on a little-used part of the village, and, like the dock itself, the story of its creation is bright and inspiring yet little-known — the community addition was the creation and work of a Cazenovia Eagle Scout candidate that took him two-and-a-half years to complete.

On a sunny Saturday two weeks ago, recent Cazenovia High School graduate David Martellock officially received his Eagle Scout rank in a ceremony on the boards of the dock he created, a dock that is now open for public enjoyment.

“It was fantastic, it was wonderful. That’s a feeling I wish on someone who hasn’t done that before,” Martellock said of his seeing his project completed. “Just to see in front of your eyes something you put on paper, designed on the computer, and see it finished; to see the reality of something you created with your mind and as much help as you can get is fantastic.”

Martellock, who leaves for his freshman year of college at the Rochester Institute of Technology in a few weeks, started in Troop 18 of the Cazenovia Boy Scouts when he was 11. To reach the highest achievable rank of Eagle Scout, typically at age 18, requires the completion of a leadership project that exemplifies the qualities of an Eagle Scout learned over the years with the troop.

He was assigned a project to build a dock on scout land, which “sounded like a relatively interesting and complex project,” he said. “My challenge was to build this dock, have it up and functional by the time I was 18.”

So Martellock, who will be a mechanical engineering and design major at RIT, set to work.

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