Geibel junior’s Eagle Scout project benefits parishioners
Regardless of age or experience, automobile drivers have often shaken their heads pulling into poorly marked, improperly marked, or weather-worn parking spaces.
With St. Mary Parish in Leckrone closing and parishioners relocating to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Masontown, additional parking spaces were a necessity. Coupled with new surfacing that undid previous parking space lines in the church lots, Geibel Catholic junior Vinny Delsignore came to the rescue, painting new lines as well as redoing lines and identification marks for handicapped parking spaces for his Eagle Scout project.
Of course, the project was right up Delsignore’s alley.
“I like hands-on projects in and out of school,” said Delsignore, adding that his favorite classes at the Connellsville-based parochial school include an engineering program, Auto Desk Inventor, graphing, and working with models. “I like sciences and working with hands-on activities and when the church lot was being resurfaced, I thought about redoing the lines for my Eagle Scout project.”
Chuck Coldren, Scoutmaster of Scout Troop 620, located at St. Mary’s Church in Uniontown, added his support for the project.
“Vinny came to us last January when his troop (602) was disbanded and I quickly saw that he manages his time well,” Coldren said. “He has a job and is involved with athletics at Geibel, but he remains actively involved with scouting. He is down to earth and mature, and a definite hands-on person. When we need something, he is right there to become involved. It’s not always that easy, but Vinny fit in well with a new troop.”
With his Eagle Scout project — and supporting the parish — in mind, Delsignore approached Father John Butler, now at St. Patrick’s Church in East Brady’s Bend, who was immediately supportive of the idea.
“Vinny came to us at the right time,” Butler said. “After the resurfacing, something had to be done regarding the lines, and his work and effort enabled us to direct parish funds for other purposes. He had a plan and carried it out. He is a conscientious, responsible young man, and he went about his work in orderly, conscientious fashion. He did a very good job for us. His effort is greatly appreciated.”
Prior to applying the paint for the regular parking space lines in two separate parking lots, Delsignore made wooden frames to ensure the straightness of the lines. Fortunately, his father, Alan, who is a painter, had wheelchair outline symbols for the handicapped spaces, which Delsignore, aided by other Scouts during his one-day project, painted, proving it’s not the time project took nor breadth of the project, but what the project is all about.
“We painted the symbols for three handicapped spaces and added another one in one area, plus three more in a separate parking area,” said Delsignore, who was awarded his Eagle Scout badge during a recent presentation ceremony and dinner.
To complete the project, Delsignore received materials from the church and donations for additional materials, including brooms to clean the areas, gloves, garbage bags, and monetary contributions. Monies which remained following completion of the project were donated to the church by Delsignore.
Delsignore has almost two years of high school remaining and maintains a 3.4 grade average. He plays drums in Geibel’s band and is a member of the school’s golf, basketball and baseball teams. He is already focusing on his post-secondary plans, which include a trade school to continue his hands-on work. Currently, he is employed sandblasting, cleaning and scrubbing train parts in a Carmichaels company.
“My entire scouting experience has been special,” said Delsignore, who has been involved with scouting since he was in kindergarten. “Scouting has provided some good memories. Working and interacting with other scouts on different projects has taught me how to organize my time, plan projects, and work with others.”
Les Harvath is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.