Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 31, 2012

Pleasant Hill Ramblings: Pack 170 completes year

By Jean Clark
Chronicle correspondent

CROSSVILLE — Finishing off the 2012 calendar year, Cub Scout Pack 170 held its last pack meeting of the year Tuesday, Nov. 20, at which time advancements were awarded and plans were made for fund-raising activities on Black Friday. Members of Boy Scout Troop 170 joined with the Cubs in the Black Friday activities, which involved offering coffee, cocoa and donuts for contributions at Kmart and Dunham’s Sports in the early morning hours of the Friday after Thanksgiving. A full calendar of events is planned for the rest of the school year.

Troop 170 held its final 2012 Court of Honor Monday, Nov. 26 in the Pleasant Hill Community House, at which time a number of advancements were recognized:

Jake Campbell — rank: 1st Class; merit badges: Crime Prevention, Electronics, Fingerprinting and Radio.

Kendall Cooper — rank: 1st Class; merit badges: Fishing, Shotgun Shooting and Wilderness Survival.

Ethan Cunningham — rank: Star; merit badges: Camping and Environmental Science.

Shawn Grove — rank: Tenderfoot.

John Miller — merit badges: Photography, Rifle Shooting, Space Exploration.

Ronnie Miller — rank: 1st Class; merit badges, Canoeing, Shotgun Shooting and Weather.

Josh Northern, Dalton Smith, Tyler Stone and Joe Tecco — rank: Boy Scout.

Jody Marshall, Ezekiel Willier and Isaac Willier — rank: 2nd Class.

Norman Cunningham, representing the Pleasant Hill Area Citizens Scouting Group, praised the parents for their active participation and support for scouting. It was heartwarming to see each scout pin a medal on his mom and give her a hug.

The troop received an Honor Troop Award from Camp Buck Toms in July 2012. They have participated in a full slate of activities this fall led by Scoutmaster Mike Cooper and Assistant Scoutmaster Andria Cunningham. Besides hiking, swimming, fishing, community service, food drives and fundraising, Troop 170 Scouts helped with the Pleasant Hill Town Festival and the Alternative Christmas Fair. Among their community service activities were food distribution and cutting wood for the elderly. They shared inter-troop, district and council activities with many other Scouts.

Plans are under way for several Scouts to attend the coming national jamboree, and that, in addition to summer camp, will be the focus of future fund-raising activities. Their leaders have developed a troop web page — http://phtroop170.weebly.com/ — for Scouts, parents and interested persons to keep abreast of their activities.

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The Grab Thrift Shop will reopen after winter break Thursday, Jan. 3. Reminder: When schools are closed for inclement weather, the Grab will be closed also. The Grab is in a building on the east side of Kash and Kari on West Main St. in Pleasant Hill. The new donation box has been completed and is working well. Special thanks to Bob Ahrendt, Lyle Weible and Al Dwenger for a great job. The bathroom has been renovated — what an improvement! A new security system has been installed thanks to Bob Ahrendt.