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New Hampshire

November 4, 2013

Scout project uncovers Windham history

Eagle Scout candidate preserves Windham Depot site


Matt found a little history in the process, turning up an old New England Telephone sign he plans to give to the town for its museum.

A beam uncovered from the cellar hole was placed in back of the flowers that decorate the site.

His dad said six trailer-loads of brush and metal debris were hauled from that cellar hole. What looked like an old furnace was removed.

Matt also raised $1,500 for the project. The Scouts brought in $450 from a car wash. Lincoln Financial Group, where his father works, also supported the project with a donation.

Besides installing the rock wall on 90-degree days, a challenge was documenting the history of the site.

“There wasn’t much,” Matt said, after reading a brief account of the story of the store. “It was hard to find this.”

Matt’s work continues an ongoing relationship between the Scout troop and Windham Depot.

Greg Samsel’s Eagle Scout project involved installing benches near the caboose.

Mike Laliberte said he likes that his son took away lessons in how to plan and complete a project, while giving something back to the community others will enjoy.

“A lot of people use this area,” he said.

Matt wants one thing out of the project.

“I hope it lasts,” he said. “That was the main goal of it.”

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