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Portland teen earns Eagle Scout honor for Milwaukie project

Jonathan Parsons of Portland’s Boy Scout Troop No. 64 earned high honors for designing, engineering and building a 144-foot retaining wall along the edge of Milwaukie Lutheran Church’s property.

by: SUBMITTED - ParsonsParsons received the rank of Eagle Scout on Sept. 30 before an assembly of nearly 125 family, friends, invited guests and fellow scouts. Past Exalted Ruler Ralph Hartmann, chairman of the Youth Activities Committee of Portland Elks Lodge, was on hand to present Parsons with a flag that was flown over the nation’s Capitol in his name and a Certificate of Achievement from the members of Portland Lodge No. 142. He also noted that Parsons was a man of integrity, was faithful to his beliefs, and was loyal to his home, family and friends.

Parsons excavated and leveled the Milwaukie Lutheran site before building a wall of gray blocks on a foundation of gravel. Sections of electrical conduit were laid under the backfill of the wall for future purposes. The wall will prevent erosion, make the edge of the sidewalk safer for pedestrians, and also will be photogenic.