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As Frazier Area High School, junior Nick Harvey tells the story: “It was like watching paint dry.”

Actually, it was not like watching paint dry, it was watching paint dry.

And the ballfield concession stand at Jack Freeman Memorial Park in Jefferson Township near Perryopolis is the prime beneficiary.

Searching for a project to complete the requirements for his Eagle Scout badge, Harvey, aware of the concession stand project, approached Jefferson Township Supervisor Jeff Redman.

“The township was renovating the entire concession stand area and there was work to be done,” Harvey said. “I approached Mr. Redman about doing something for my project and he suggested painting the concession stand floor. The old concrete floor did not match the new concession stand facility and renovating the floor was necessary to complete the entire project. There was more to the project than I anticipated, but everything went smoothly and worked out very well.”

From July 21-25, Harvey, a member of Scout Troop 620 based at St. Mary’s Church in Uniontown, discovered there was more involved than merely applying the paint as he worked toward achieving his Eagle Scout badge.

“To get started, Nick came in and cleaned the building and bathrooms,” Redman said. “After that, he cleaned and prepped the (concession stand) floor, first degreasing it, then mopping it. After cleaning the floor, it needed primer, followed by two top coats of paint. Nick topped it off by sprinkling paint chips to add a different texture and color.”

Priming the 300-square-foot floor took some three hours, followed by five hours of painting spread out over two days, with an additional two hours to add the chips, which he applied as the paint dried.

“It actually took longer waiting for the paint to dry than anything else,” Harvey chuckled. “The township provided the paint, rollers and paint chips, but the physical work was up to me.”

Fortunately, Harvey had capable helpers in his friend Cameron Roebuck and fellow Scout and friend Luke Edmonds.

But Harvey didn’t go home after the paint dried. Instead, he helped move all the equipment back into place in the concession stand, Redman added.

“It’s something that you almost take for granted,” Redman said, regarding painting the floor, “but it had to be done, and Nick lived up to my expectations regarding the project. I’m very particular when it comes to projects such as what he did with the concession stand, and he did an excellent job.”

Funding for the project, Redman added, was courtesy of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Jefferson Township Parks Board.

Chuck Coldren, Troop 620 Scoutmaster, had no second thoughts about Harvey undertaking the project.

“Nick was elected senior patrol leader and is in charge of running meetings and setting up programs for the Scout troop, and he makes sure the meetings and programs run smoothly,” Coldren said. “He is quiet but a very capable leader. He is laid back and gets things accomplished in a quiet, calm manner. He knows how to get the job done and conveys his messages with a calm demeanor.”

At Frazier, where Harvey plays center on the football team and, he laughed, is the “big man underneath on the basketball court,” he maintains a 3.5 grade-point average and is a member of the Ski Club, Interact, student government, Computer Club, Tech and Engineering Club, and Robotics Club. Having an affinity for math and science classes, he plans to study mechanical engineering at Penn State.

Les Harvath is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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