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A good deed, then back to school

Eighth graders Mitch Hobbs (left) and Sean Palmer, along with Hobbs’ dog, Rocky, take a break from their Boy Scout (Troop 1496) project of repairing their neighborhood’s school bus stop on Barkentine Road in the Port Blakely area. - Dennis Anstine/Staff Photo
Eighth graders Mitch Hobbs (left) and Sean Palmer, along with Hobbs’ dog, Rocky, take a break from their Boy Scout (Troop 1496) project of repairing their neighborhood’s school bus stop on Barkentine Road in the Port Blakely area.
— image credit: Dennis Anstine/Staff Photo

Eighth graders Mitch Hobbs (left) and Sean Palmer, along with Hobbs’ dog, Rocky, take a break from their Boy Scout (Troop 1496) project of repairing their neighborhood’s school bus stop on Barkentine Road in the Port Blakely area. In July, vandals destroyed the front railings and had written obscenities on the exterior of some of some of the walls of the school bus stop structure on Barkentine Road in the Port Blakely area.

That spurred Mitch Hobbs, Mitch, whose father John Hobbs is the scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 1496, to work on the bus stop to fulfill his scouting service project. So he called his pal Sean Palmer and the two 13-year-old boys started painting the exterior and replacing the railing, which they had hoped to finish at the end of this week.

Mitch has experience working with wood during shop class at Woodward Middle School, but he admits the scale of the railing repairs, which include lattice work, is a learning process for him.

Overall, the boys’ good deed will require more than 20 hours of work, before they return next Wednesday to their eighth grade school year at Woodward Middle School.

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