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Geneva

Aspiring Geneva Eagle Scout looking to renovate downtown gazebo

Geneva, IL

$1,000
That’s how much an aspiring Geneva Eagle Scout needs to renovate a downtown gazebo

The plan
The prominent Lincoln Highway gazebo in front of Geneva City Hall is beginning to look a little weathered, so in July, Geneva Boy Scout Bobby Tomaszewski plans to renovate it.

He hopes to apply weather-proof stain, install solar panel lighting along the pathway to the gazebo from the sidewalk and replace a nearby bicycle rack with a bench.

To do this, he needs to raise about $1,000. So he held a pancake breakfast Saturday in Geneva to help raise funds for the effort. About $544 was raised from the breakfast, so might have to hold another fundraiser.

The 16-year-old Geneva High School student said it will take about a month to complete the work at the gazebo, but plans to enlist the help of fellow Scouts from Troop 37.

Bobby said anyone who’d like to offer a service, product or donation to the project can call him at (630) 777-0750.

The impact
If successful, Bobby will earn his Eagle Scout badge.

He’s been a Scout for nearly eight years and said it’s time to move to the next level.

“(The Eagle Scout rank) looks good on a resume,” he said. “And it’s the goal I’ve always looked up to.”

He got the idea to renovate the gazebo from fellow Geneva Eagle Scout Dan Herrera, who held a 5K fundraiser last year to replace worn American flags on Geneva’s downtown light poles.

But the gazebo is of special importance to the Scouts.

In 1928, Boy Scouts placed 3,000 markers at every mile across the coast-to-coast Lincoln Highway. But less than two dozen of those markers remain in Illinois.

The markers are cast in concrete with a bronze head of President Abraham Lincoln. The gazebo is one of Geneva’s markers on the historic highway.

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