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April 2, 2014

Boy Scout goes to bat for SwampWalk

DANVERS — Troop 155 Boy Scout Thomas Arsenault has gone batty for the SwampWalk.

Arsenault installed four bat houses that he and others built as part of his Eagle Scout service project.

George Saluto, who got the wooden walkway through the Great Wenham Swamp built over the past few years, shared the news in an email.

While the swamp was still frozen solid a couple of weeks ago, Arsenault and fellow volunteers installed the bat houses on two 16-foot poles in the middle of the swamp, standing on ice to bang the poles in.

Others who did not bat an eyelash to help included Danvers Hardware, which supplied the hardware; members of the Danvers Rail Trail Advisory and Conservation committees; and members of the SwampWalk build crew. Arsenault’s whole family pitched in, with his father, Robert, helping to install the poles; grandfather Frank offering his woodworking skills and wood shop; mom Cindy taking her son to meetings to get the bat houses approved; uncle Dan lending his nephew an auger to drill holes, and Scoutmaster and Eagle adviser Greg Unczur. Sean Flynn and Michael Dahlquist of Troop 58 assembling the bat houses. Thomas’ brothers, John, 13, and Robert, 10, also helped out.

Firefighters pay tribute

Flags flew at half-staff in honor of the two Boston firefighters killed while fighting a fire on Beacon Street last week. Local firefighters also paid their own tributes.

Deputy Chief Jim McPherson and fire Chief Kevin Farrell were among those present at the services.

“We are just showing our support by having a decent presence at the funerals,” Farrell said.

“We’ll certainly have a strong presence at both funerals,” McPherson said. Fifteen to 20 Danvers firefighters will be attending the funerals of Lt. Edward Walsh Jr. and firefighter Michael Kennedy. “Our hearts go out to the Boston guys.”

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