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The Suburbanite
  • Disc golf course gets Eagle Scout makeover

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  • If you have not been to the Portage Lakes Disc Golf Course in the Portage Lakes State Park on Manchester Road recently, I suggest you make your way there.
    Our course improved a lot in 2012. Much of that improvement can be credited to the completion of four Eagle Scout projects by scouts in Manchester’s Troop 118.
    Dakota Smith completed a project in June with a bridge over a constantly wet area between the No. 15 basket and the No. 16 tee. Aaron Pohelia worked very diligently with us on installing concrete tee pads, then took that knowledge and formed and poured seven tee pads at the outermost reaches of the course. Nathan Ariza constructed four beautiful benches, then installed them at the tee areas of four different holes, one of which was in memory of Annette Andreff. Jacob Brady replaced 40 steps with treated wood that were originally made from tree branches.
    All four of these projects turned out wonderfully and were very professionally done. I was very impressed with all of these young men, each of whom had other activities to do in their school and community. Each of these guys was fully in charge of his respective project, and it was neat to watch them in action. Working with them on these projects gave me much hope for the future of our youth. Kudos to scoutmaster John Kusmits and his assistants and parents who helped bring these projects to completion. Grab a disc (aka Frisbee) and make your way to the course and check out these projects firsthand. You'll have fun, too.
    Steve Godar
    Founder/president
    Portage Lakes Disc Golf Course