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Scout Renovates Community Garden

Spring time has finally arrived and that means more people are outside looking for a nice spot to stop and smell the flowers. And thanks to one local boy's efforts, the Trinity Lutheran Community Garden might be the perfect place to sit and relax. This past Saturday, Boy Scout Troop 291 member Thomas Miller helped install two new benches and shrubbery as part of his Eagle Scout project. Miller was helped by members of his troop to help beautify the area.

“The Eagle Scout project is a mandatory project that is meant to establish long lasting benefit in the community,” said Miller, who is an eight year member of the Boy Scouts. “It is essential to do the project in order to attain Eagle Scout status, which is the highest ranking in the Boy Scouts.”

Miller said that he chose the Hicksville Community Garden as his location for the project because he wanted to beautify the area and give it a natural setting.

“I wanted to make it a nice environment for Trinity Lutheran church members and members of the community to come and sit and enjoy their surroundings,” Miller said.

As part of his project, Miller helped build two wooden benches and poured the cement base to secure the benches to the perimeter of the garden. He also added small shrubs and plantings in the central portion of the garden.

Linda Wolf, who is Committee Chairperson at the Church, said that Miller had worked in the garden before and he proposed his idea for the new benches to the Community Garden Board.

“We thought it would be a great project for the Garden,” said Wolf. “The Garden is four years old and with the new additions over the past few years is starting to look better and better all the time.”

Some of those additions include a vegetable patch that was planted by the St. Ignatius Food Bank and fruit trees that were added to the garden last year.

News

Linda Doyle knows how to make a good hot dog. And she doesn’t need a big fancy kitchen or shiny barbeque grill to do it. Rather, Doyle’s famous franks are served out of a small trailer on the side of S. Broadway.

For the past 16 years, passers-by coming along S. Broadway looking for a delicious, cheap bite to eat for lunch or a pre-dinner snack have been stopping by Linda’s Hot Dog Boutique, a simple white trailer adorned by a flag, yellow umbrella and two signs.

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”


Sports

Hicksville High School senior Kyle Carroll recently participated in the prestigious Blue Grey Super Combine in Canton OH. Over 7,000 high school football players are invited to combines sponsored by Blue Grey Football throughout the country. Carroll was recognized for his overall scores and abilities during the one on one drills and was honored to have been chosen as one of 140 athletes invited to the Super Combine at the Football Hall of Fame. From there, a select few will be invited to play in the Blue Grey All-America Bowls in December in Texas and in January in Florida.  

The Super Combine in Canton took place on Fawcett Field at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The combine featured some of the top football prospects from around the country. Carroll fit seamlessly into the drills as he displayed impressive work with fast feet and hip turns as well as skilled ball handling ability.

Madeline Huffman, a fourth grade student at Our Lady of Mercy School in Hicksville, recently became the New York State Free Throw Champion in the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, 9 Year Old Girls Division at the United States Military Academy, West Point.

Huffman’s journey to the state championship began at her home parish, Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in January. The local qualifier was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Joseph F. Lamb Council #5723. Boys and girls ages 9 through 14 competed, each receiving three warm up shots and 15 free throw attempts.


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