An Eagle flies in Northfield

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Eagle Scout Zach Delcher with the display of his activities and accomplishments with Troop 72 over his 10 years of scouting in the foyer of Good Shepherd Church. Eagle Scout Zach Delcher with the display of his activities and accomplishments with Troop 72 over his 10 years of scouting in the foyer of Good Shepherd Church.

NORTHFIELD — Saturday afternoon, a crowd gathered at the Good Shepherd Church in Northfield to celebrate Zach Delcher’s Eagle court of honor.

The derecho that roared through in the middle of the night of June 30 caused power outages and tremendous damage to homes in town; the chore of cleaning up after the storm was a long haul and for a number of older residents, the job was just more than they could manage.

Delcher took on the job of cleaning up five post-derecho properties around the city for his Eagle project.

“There were some homes that you could see the people were just not able to clean up all the debris left from the derecho,” said Delcher. “I went to city hall and met with Mike Ditallo, the code enforcement official in town and he alerted me to five homes that were possibly going to be fined for not cleaning up.”

The Boy Scout went to the homeowners and told them he, along with some of the other Scouts in Troop 72 would be glad to help them clean up their yards.

“They were all pretty happy that we were going to help them clean up,” said the Scout.

Armed with rakes, shovels, brooms and trash bags the Scouts went to work. Delcher said they cleared all of the debris from the yards, hauled it to the curb to be picked up, raked and swept and got the yards looking like they had before the storm cut such a deep path through Northfield.

Delcher said the work for that portion of his Eagle Scout project took the better part of a five-day stretch in July.

“I try to help out where I can, and this seemed like something that would let me help people out and allow me to make a project out of it,” said Delcher. While he said the compliments he got from people were very nice, it made him feel good to be able to do something for folks in town.

Ann Delcher said she is proud of her son.

“Zach making Eagle is really a big event for our family,” she said. “This did not happen overnight. Really these are the seeds planted 10 years ago when I was the den mother. The fact that he has been able to complete his Eagle at the age of 16 is really something to be proud of.”

Delcher comes from a long line of Eagle Scouts. He has two uncles and two cousins are Eagles.

“I have been trying to live up to the Eagle Scout image in my family,” Zach Delcher said. “Being an Eagle Scout means you stand for things and it gives people faith in me.”

The Delchers are hoping the tradition keeps rolling; Zach’s younger brother Cody is a Boy Scout and the family is hopeful they will have the chance to stand at his Eagle court of honor some day.

Northfield’s newest Eagle Scout said the best part of Scouting is camping where they have fun playing games and making their own food.

After the ceremony all the guests headed to the church hall and enjoyed a pasta dinner prepared by Ann Delcher. 


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