Landry upholds family tradition in Scouting

  • The Conservation Commission discussed subdivision plans presented by land surveyor Edward Berry for single-family homes on Jeanne Drive. Left to right, commission Chair Bob Muzzy, Secretary Cathy Muzzy, Berry, Vice Chairman James Smith, Nick Tarara, Walter Lehmann, Dennis Killay, Bill Wheeler, David Small, Laura Smith, Kathy Harrow, and J.R. Greene. Athol Daily News/Kathy Chaisson

  • Paul Landry and grandson Brent Landry try out the new lookout tower in the Bearsden Conservation area that Brent had proposed to the Conservation Commission as a Boy Scout Troop 8 Eagle Scout project. Submitted Photo

Staff Writer
Published: 12/2/2019 9:50:18 PM

ATHOL – Athol Boy Scout Brent Landry, accompanied by his grandfather Paul Landry, reported to the Conservation Commission Tuesday night that his Eagle Scout project to replace the existing lookout tower in the Bearsden Conservation Area was finished. Back in September, Landry, a member of Boy Scout Troop 8, told the Commission he was looking to leave his own mark by continuing a family tradition of Eagle Scout projects done in the conservation area. His father, Paul Landry Jr., built the granite stairway to Paige Cabin and his brother, Paul Landry III built the Duck Pond Adirondack shelter.

The lookout tower is located near Sheep Rock in the northwest corner of the conservation area. It is accessible by foot and overlooks the Millers River and the railroad.

Landry said he had a crew of five to six a day working on the project. They dismantled and disposed of the 20-year-old tower, finding that it was more deteriorated than it was standing up on blocks.

The plan involved building a whole new sturdier and safer structure the same size and weight as the older one but on a concrete footing with bracing, cross pieces, and an extra horizontal railing. Wraparound benches were also added inside the platform.

Landry said he felt the old tower was set back too much and brought the new one 6 feet forward, shifted it to the left, and placed it deeper into the ground. Some brush and scrub pines were also removed which allows an unobstructed view of the vista.

The Commission agreed to pay the remaining $150 needed for the project after Landry said he was able to raise $700 of the total cost of $850. He said the final step was to obtain signatures from the Commission to give to the Boy Scout Council to show that the project is completed.

In other business, the Commission zipped through four Requests for Determination of Applicability, accepting all with one condition for one of the applicants.

RDAs were submitted by Kevin Colo to build a single family home and related work at 154 White Pond Rd., Peter Lyman to build two single-family homes and related work at the Jeanne Drive subdivision, Greg Lizotte to build a single family home and related work at Adams Road, and Massachusetts Electric Co., to replace guy wires and possible poles along White Pond Road. A condition was given to Lizotte to obtain permission from the Commission if there will be any cutting of trees in the wetlands area.

All four RDA’s received Negative 3 determinations, meaning the work described in the request is in within the buffer zone as defined by regulations, and that it will not alter an area subject to protection under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act.

Members of the Commission will continue to research potential projects and requirements to apply for grant money funded by the 2020 MassTrails Grants Program. The grant requires approximately 20% in matching funds from the Town.

The next Conservation Commission meeting will be held Dec. 17 to work on the FY21 budget.

Kathy Chaisson can be reached at 978-249-3535, ext. 656 or kchaisson@atholdailynews.com.


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