Allegheny Township Eagle Scout makes enduring contribution to Roaring Run Trail
Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series that features Alle- Kiski Valley people and the notable things that they do.
Kiski Area senior Cody Endress wished for a project with enduring benefits when he set out to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
“I spend a lot of time at the Roaring Run Trail, mountain biking and walking,” said Endress, a scout for 12 years. “I wanted to find something that I could do to give back.”
The Allegheny Township resident, 17, built an authentic stone wishing well at the entrance of the trail along Canal Road in Kiski. The eight-by-nine foot structure is an impressive addition to the trail head, where a limestone path then stretches along the Kiski River for five miles.
The well serves more than an aesthetic purpose. It covers a 15-foot deep, hand-dug well that dates to the late 1800s. It was formerly separated from trail-users only with a fence.
Endress installed a metal grate inside the wishing well for safety.
“It’s such a great addition,” Roaring Run Watershed Association board member Tom Iseman said. “We’ve gotten a lot of positive comments.
“For such a young man, he spent a lot of hours here.”
In total, the project took just over 250 hours. Endress enlisted help from family, friends and fellow members of Apollo-Spring Church Troop 589.
The cost was $870. Endress collected donations that topped $1,150 and gave the balance to the watershed association.
Fleming’s Landscaping and Christmas Tree Farm in Indiana donated the stone, and Stanford Home Center from Allegheny Township provided other building materials.
“The businesses around the Apollo area were a huge support in many ways,” Endress said.
His dad, Stephen, said planning and construction for the community project spanned six months.
“He laid all the stones himself,” Stephen Endress said. “It was a lot of work. I wanted him to do something he could take his kids to. And I couldn’t be more proud of the kind of young man that Scouts has turned him into.”
Cody Endress joined Tiger Scouts as a first-grader in 2007 with Washington Township Pack 500. He transitioned to the Boy Scouts in 2012 and became part of Poke Run Church Troop 552. In 2014, he transferred to Apollo-Spring Church Troop 589, working his way through six ranks to Eagle — the highest award a Boy Scout can achieve.
He received his award at a special ceremony in September at the Apollo-Spring Church Sportsman’s Club.
Endress attends Northern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center for machine tool technologies. He works at Alle-Kiski Industries in Leechburg on a co-op program as an apprentice machinist.
The teen is an avid outdoorsman and regularly shoots archery and trap. He also was recently voted in as a water association board member.
“I’m proud of how it turned out,” Endress said. “It’s not something that’s going to fade away.”
Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, [email protected] or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.