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NewsTribune photo/Katlyn Rumbold Shawn Christensen poses by the newly renovated Red Covered Bridge sign just outside of Princeton. He completed this project as part of Eagle Scouts and has been involved in boy scouts since he was in fourth grade.
PRINCETON — A Bureau Valley sophomore last month completed work on a newly-renovated Red Covered Bridge sign, and in the process completed an Eagle Scout project he started in April.
Shawn Christensen of rural Walnut said out of everything he could have chosen to do his Eagle Scout project on, he chose the Red Covered Bridge sign because it “was in really bad shape.”
“I was shocked when I got there and looked at the sign,” said Christensen. “The bottom piece of it was so rotted, it broke off.”
Christensen is responsible for the landscaping and redoing of the sign, but not the actual painting of the sign. He said he had to find a certified painter to paint the actual sign.
“I did the landscaping around it,” explained Christensen. “Ray Mabry helped me. We laid concrete around it from the base for the blocks so it would hold up longer. I had to collect all the money, permits and stuff like that to get everything worked out. It took us awhile.”
Christensen said he was able to get most of the plants donated.
When asked what the hardest part of the whole thing was, he laughed and said, “Getting money was the hardest thing. Doing the project itself was the easiest. Basically, the hardest part was putting it all together and getting everyone involved that had to be involved.”
Christensen has been involved in Scouting since fourth grade.
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