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Boy Scouts Clear Snow from Hydrants

Scouts from Troop 163 improved town safety in the aftermath of last weekend's blizzard.

A blizzard buried Monroe under mountains of snow on Friday and into Saturday, making roads impassable, trapping vehicles in driveways and seeming to make fire hydrants disappear.

Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 163 decided to do something about the latter, and challenged each other to clear snow away from fire hydrants all over town, making it easier for firefighters to find when responding to emergencies.

The Town Council recognized the troop for it efforts at its meeting on Monday night.

"Monroe is much safer," First Selectman Steve Vavrek said.

On Sunday, the boys used shovels on Hattertown, Blanket Meadow, Field Rock, Wells, Lazy Brook, Spinning Wheel, Fan Hill and Jockey Hollow roads, as well as Pepper and Elm streets, and West Maiden, Boot Shop and Forest lanes — among some of the terrain.

The Boy Scouts included, Julian Zeppetello, Kirill Riesinger, Sam Kealey, Garrett Kalker, Ben Townson, Ryan Iken and Colin Iken (if any Scouts were missed, let us know and we'll add their names). They worked under the direction of Scout Master Jay Huggins. 

Steve Kirsch February 12, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Great job! I spoke to Ryan and asked how they could find the hydrants and he said they all had flags on them. So now the question is - when will all the fire hydrants in Monroe have these flags? We have known that this is a problem for some time and maybe the town should put a couple of thousnad dollars in the budget each year untill all hydrants have flags. I'm sure if the town purchased them, we could get people to install them.
New Kid in Town February 12, 2013 at 08:42 PM
I wouldn't mind helping to dig out hydrants....is there a map of some sort that can tell us where they are in our neighborhoods etc? I honestly can't remember see them on my street. Also didn't the Boy Scouts raise money and install the flags as part of a service project? I'd be happy to dontate to that as well!
Frank Flynn February 12, 2013 at 08:50 PM
Many of the flags were placed by an Eagle aSAcout candidate a year or so ago. Great job guys!
Bill Bittar (Editor) February 12, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Not every street in town has hydrants. Firefighters always ask people who have them in their neighborhood to dig them out when it snows.
jim laguardia February 12, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Good Job Guys
Eric Iken February 12, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Jacob Russell also cleared a hydrant on Old Colony Road. A number of other scouts also cleared fire hydrants, but I unfortunately don't have a full list. This project was fully initiated by one of the Patrol Leaders, Kirill Riesinger, challenging the rest of the troop to get out and clear fire hydrants and help out neighbors. The flags made it very easy to find the hydrants.
Eric Iken February 12, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Just uploaded a couple of photos, including a photo of ASM Quinlavin (one of our older scouts!) working up a sweat.
Eric Iken February 12, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Bradley Grose cleared a fire hydrant on Rustic Lane.
John Quinlavin February 12, 2013 at 09:53 PM
The truly impressive component of this project is that the idea originated with one of our scouts who issued a challenge to all members of Troop 163. The Scout program really works!
Crown Royal February 13, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Link for the lazy: http://monroe.patch.com/articles/monroe-teenager-helps-makes-town-a-safer-place-by-raising-money-for-hydrant-markers

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