Eagle Scout project goes up at Church of the Holy Family

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Jul. 30, 2013
Eagle Scout candidate Orlando Paulino (left) works on the gazebo on July 27 with his friend, Eric Saunders. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Eagle Scout candidate Orlando Paulino (left) works on the gazebo on July 27 with his friend, Eric Saunders. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Orlando Paulino’s Eagle Scout project has been a long time in the making. “I’ve been technically working on this for two years now,” said the recent RHAM graduate on July 27, as he worked in the parking lot of Hebron’s Church of the Holy Family with several friends and family members. Headed to Manchester Community College in the fall and turning 18 in September, Paulino is on a tight schedule to bring his project to completion; Eagle Scout requirements must be completed before a Scout turns 18. “I’m definitely getting it done,” said Paulino. “I’ve put too much work into it at this point not to get it done.”

Paulino is constructing a gazebo that will eventually be used for weddings and other gatherings at the church. “Originally I was going to do a Stations of the Cross,” he said. “Then it came to my attention that they’d always planned on building a gazebo here.”

The permit process alone took some time to complete; the gazebo is sited on a location that is technically considered a wetland. Then, there were donations to procure and money to be raised. Paulino held a dinner fundraiser and a silent auction, with assistance from local businesses. Ace Hardware donated supplies, as did resident Gene Kasica, who provided crushed stone.

A church member was friends with a manager at Truss Manufacturing, in Newington. “They were Scouts together back in the day,” said Paulino. “He was very helpful and very generous.” The company provided the project with all necessary roof trusses. Another generous church member was Jennifer Brokaw. “She donated a lot of money to the project,” said Paulino.

And fellow members of Troop 28, along with Paulino’s family members, have been providing labor over the past few months to put the gazebo together. The plan is to have the project complete by the end of July or the beginning of August.


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