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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.

— “My goal was to not lift a hammer but do entirely with leadership; but that didn’t happen. It was an awful large amount of work, a massive undertaking,” he said.

The project included not just the design and redesign of the dock, but also fundraising, sourcing and acquiring materials, surveying and clearing the land, organizing volunteer workers and supervising the work.

From a plot of land that was initially nothing but dead trees and underbrush, and with the assistance of his fellow Troop 18 scouts, his father who is an engineer and his scoutmaster and mentor George Schmit, Martellock completed his project early this summer. All of the funding and materials for the job he acquired from Cazenovia community members, including a $500 donation from the Cazenovia Rotary Club.

“We are very proud of David’s work as it was no easy task with many hours of hard labor,” said Anna Marie Neuland, treasurer of the Cazenovia Rotary Club.

“David is a talented young man; he’s got a great talent for design and it was just meticulously organized,” said Troop 18 Scoutmaster George Schmit. “These Eagle Scout projects are about a sense of community and responsibility and I think David epitomizes that. It’s been a pleasure to watch him grow.”

On July 21, Martellock received his Eagle Scout designation in a ceremony on the dock. “If you want to go fishing there, I highly recommend it. I’ve never seen anyone there,” he said. “Sometimes I like to go and just sit and have lunch there.”

Martellock, now 18, recently applied for and received his adult leadership designation in Troop 18, which means he is now an adult leader for the troop. Even though he will be away at college starting this fall, he intends to continue his participation in the troop as much as possible whenever he is home by providing supervision, teaching skills to younger scouts, helping plan troop treks and campouts and numerous other responsibilities.

“Scouting has been a fantastic experience and I think a lot more people should participate in it. Every second of scouting was worth it,” he said.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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