Reuben Osborn house looks appealing, thanks to area scout

Troop 159 Scouts paint the Reuben Osborn Learning Center. Pictured, from left: (On ladders) Nick Eifel, Shamus Fenner, Ethan Arko; (On the ground) Adam Grimes, William "Billy" Wolf, Andrew Arko, Brian Weir and Kenny Koster.

The actions of one area boy scout have benefitted the citizens of Bay Village and the Bay Village Historical Society twice.

A few years ago, young Bill Wolf was walking near the remains of the old electric railway bridge in Bay Village, when he found a ticket dropped by a passenger on the train many years before. Wolf donated that ticket to the Bay Village Historical Society, to be framed and displayed at the Reuben Osborn Learning Center and museum.

This past summer, when considering projects for his Eagle Scout designation, Wolf crossed paths with the historical society once again. Wolf and his mother were driving past the Reuben Osborn Learning Center on Lake Road, when they noticed that the building was badly in need of painting. Wolf called Bay Village Historical Society President Carole Roske to discuss his idea of painting the museum.             

Because the building was so old, Bay Village service department employees, under the direction of Building Director Dan Galli, first scraped, sanded and primed the structure to get it ready for paint. Lead-based paint had been used on portions of the building, so workers had to wear special protective clothing when removing the old paint. Finally, Wolf and some of his fellow scout troop members were able to complete the paint job.

The once peeling Reuben Osborn Learning Center now looks appealing to all who see it from Lake Road.

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Volume 3, Issue 18, Posted 4:08 PM, 09.07.2011