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Scouts help beautify Hillsboro
Four members of Troop 83 are also trying to attain Scoutings highest honor
crandall hhs sign
Hillsboro junior Tommy Crandall built this giant cement HHS (Hillsboro High School) sign near the schools south entrance on Hwys. 33 and 82. - photo by Jack Knowles photo

Thanks to construction projects that have been undertaken by four talented members of  Troop 83 in search of the highest rank in Scouting, Hillsboro has some eye catching improvements.

The most recent one to seek the coveted Eagle Scout rank is Tommy Crandall, who has been in the Scouting program most of his life.

In addition to a special community project, the tough requirements include earning 21 individual Merit Badges and other significant measures of a high respect for the program.

Crandall, a 17-year-old junior at Hillsboro High School thought of building a giant cement HHS sign at the top of a hill next to the  school grounds’ south entrance on Highways 33 and 82. He then discussed the plan, received permission for the project from the school administration, and began the huge job.

The giant HHS letters, that will welcome thousands of visitors to the school in the coming years will be poured cement with an orange dye, surrounded by landscaping rocks. If funding allows, he will include night lighting and a professional sign declaring “The Home of the Tigers.”

Crandall estimates the entire cost of the project to be approximately $6,000 and is asking Hillsboro High School alumni and other Tiger fans in the community to consider making a donation to the overall cost of the project.

He has set up an account at Farmers State Bank for contributions to the project or would greatly appreciate donations sent to his home. Those addresses are:

Crandall Eagle Scout Project Account
Farmers State Bank
726 Water Avenue
Hillsboro, WI 54634

Tommy Crandall
S1996 Co. Hwy. F
Hillsboro, WI 54634

Scout Crandall is very appreciative of any contribution made to his very innovative introduction of Hillsboro High School to visitors looking for the right place to turn into the parking lot.

It reflects our community’s school pride to all who see it.

Another Eagle Scout project from Troop 83 members was the construction of a gazebo at Hammer-Klopfleisch Park near the Hillsboro Dam.  The recently completed project was planned and managed by Nolan Hammer and was dedicated to the late Charlene Darcy.

Last year, Boy Scout Ian Collins posted signage for the Bike Trail, including a place for pamphlets and other area information for bike riders, while working on his Eagle Badge.

Several years back, Troop 83 was also proud of Eagle Scout Matt Stowell, who placed a much-needed entrance sign for Mount Vernon Cemetery across from the lake and participated in cleanup work in the resting place of many Hillsboro pioneers.

Hillsboro folks can share in the common pride of the Scouting program and point to its positive service to our community as the young members continue to “do a good turn daily.”