Lyndeborough Eagle Scout landscapes a hazardous pit for project

  • Ian Holden of Lyndeborough earned the rank of Eagle Scout at a ceremony at the Lyndeborough Town Hall on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (Brandon Latham / The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Ian Holden of Lyndeborough earned the rank of Eagle Scout at a ceremony at the Lyndeborough Town Hall on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (Brandon Latham / The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Ian Holden of Lyndeborough earned the rank of Eagle Scout at a ceremony at the Lyndeborough Town Hall on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (Brandon Latham / The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Ian Holden of Lyndeborough earned the rank of Eagle Scout at a ceremony at the Lyndeborough Town Hall on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (Brandon Latham / The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Ian Holden of Lyndeborough earned the rank of Eagle Scout at a ceremony at the Lyndeborough Town Hall on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. (Brandon Latham / The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 2/2/2017 6:40:03 AM

“Hey, there’s a big ugly hole here. Do something about it.”

That’s what Lyndeborough Police Chief Rainsford Deware said to Ian Holden that gave him the inspiration for his Eagle Scout project.

Holden led the charge in landscaping of the western side of Lyndeborough’s Citizen’s Hall. For years, a large tree filled the space until it became a hazard, banging against the building in the wind. When the tree was removed, Holden got thinking about what to put in its place.

“He got to see how one act of service begets other acts of service because all the townspeople got excited and a lot of people who aren’t associated at all with the troop got involved,” his mother, Idina Holden, said.

He started by making one picnic table, then two, then each selectman donated a tree and a park was formed.

Holden said the project required about one day of construction, but he spent the whole summer planning and acquiring permits.

After 11 years as a Scout, he was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a ceremony at Citizen’s Hall Saturday, Jan. 28, with the park right outside the window. The seats were filled, demonstrating how involved the community was in his work.

“It is very nice, very comfortable, and people have come and sat and had lunch there and it’s really quite peaceful,” Lee Mayhew said. “This young man is really to be commended, his mother is to be commended, his father is to be commended, and I think the whole community ought to be rejoicing in what he has done.”

Holden, 18, is in the college search process. He said he is thinking about studying biology, joking that it is because people say he looks like a good doctor.

The ceremony included the presentation of a state flag that flew over the State House in his honor, and congratulatory letters (dated to his project in the summer) from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Gov. Maggie Hassan and President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama.

“I am building myself into something bigger and the community has built me into that so I want to say thank you,” he said in his address. Later, he added, “I really learned that everyone here in town is really looking out for me.”




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