On the property of the Lutheran Home of Toledo on Seaman Street stands a gazebo built by determination, community spirit and clean solar power.
When looking for a community service project to help him attain the rank of Eagle Scout, William Stroshine, of Oregon, noticed the adult students at the Oregon Career & Technology Center, where his mother Sandra is a teacher, had no place to escape the hot sun or the elements when they went outside to enjoy a break.
He envisioned a gazebo that would not only benefit the students, but also the residents of the Lutheran Home of Toledo (the Career and Technology Center leases property at the Lutheran Home of Toledo on Seaman Street).
So William came up with a design for a shelter and showed it to his father, who is an architect. Once the project was approved by his scoutmaster and the property manager of Lutheran Homes, William went to work on fundraising and putting together a volunteer base to help him complete the project. He credits Gladieux Home Center in Oregon, as well as other contributors who helped make the project a success.
Following his mother’s example (she also earned the Gold Award – the equivalent of the Eagle Scout ranking), he chose to use solar power to complete the project. Sandra instructs a Renewable Energy Awareness Program at the Career and Technical Center. William used power from the program’s “Get out of the Dark” demo house, which features solar panels that collect energy in a battery bank.
The gazebo, with a value of about $1,000, was completed last month and William awaits final paperwork to go through before he officially becomes an Eagle Scout.
A recent graduate of Clay High School, he recently left for college at Liberty University in Virginia where he will study theology, according to Sandra, who is assistant scoutmaster of William’s troop, Troop 131 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Curtice.
William has been a scout since he was 6 years old. Most recently he served as the troop chaplain.