A well known but rundown gazebo has been restored to a place for peaceful meditation, thanks to the efforts of Kevin Hayes, a member of Ontario Boy Scout Troop 127.
Hayes, 17, organized the restoration of the gazebo on the grounds of Northern Ontario United Methodist (NOUM) church to satisfy one of the requirements to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Hayes worked closely with the church, secured donations, organized volunteers, and put in many hours to restore the charm of the picturesque gazebo. The restoration included clearing tree limbs, sanding and painting the structure, landscaping, and the installation of a new roof and benches. Hayes’ parents, Mike and Liz Hayes, were his project mentors. Extensive labor was provided by family and friends, the scouts of Troop 127, Scoutmaster Paul Butterfield, Tom Remis, and Joshua Blauvelt.
Donations for the project were provided by Salmon Creek Auto Center, Gerber Homes, Triple T Paint Company, and Sherwin-Williams of Webster. Hayes said he undertook the restoration as a way to thank the church for its support of Troop 127. NOUM is the Troop’s charter organization, and the Scouts hold many activities at the church, including their weekly meetings.
The gazebo was constructed over 30 years ago as a place to conduct the Sunday morning outdoor worship service in the summer months. The outdoor service was quite unique, and was featured in the local media a number of times over the years. However, the services at the gazebo ended as it fell into disrepair.
It is hoped by many that it will return to its original purpose in the near future, according to Jeff Klem, Charter Representative to the Scouts and Chairman of the Trustees for the Church. In the meantime it will be used as a place of quiet meditation.
“When Kevin approached the Church about the possibility of refurbishing the gazebo, he was welcomed with open arms. Working with Kevin has been a pleasure. He organized and supervised the entire project, and demonstrated the leadership skills of scouting.
The refurbishment of the gazebo means a lot to many members of the church, both for its uniqueness and its familiarity.”
Hayes just completed his senior year at Wayne Central School District. He plans to attend Monroe Community College in the fall.