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Eagle scout candidate needs to soar, via helicopter, for project

Staff reports

Eagle Scout candidate Ben Dykes has the paint and the lunches to feed the volunteers who help him paint Douglas County’s “D” in the Sierra foothills.

Now, he’s hoping someone will donate a helicopter to ferry the paint up to the site.

Ben, 16, has had to delay the project because of bad weather. He’s optimistic May will usher in warmer temperatures.

Ben estimated it would cost $300 for a helicopter. If he is unsuccessful in renting a helicopter, Ben said he would return the donations.

Ben has planned the day-long project for May 8 and volunteers should meet him at Walley’s Hot Springs at 8 a.m.

Dick’s Fuller O’Brien Paints donated supplies, as did his uncle Rob Dykes. Aunt Donna Dykes, co-owner of Sierra Pines in Markleeville is supplying lunches.

Still on the needs list are large pruning shears to clear brush and old brooms to spread paint.

“Volunteers in 9th grade or above and adults are welcome,” Ben said.

Anyone who wants to help can call him at 782-2526.

He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 411 and has been in scouting for about six years.

He is painting the “D” for his Eagle Scout project.