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Eagle scouts lend helping hands to Tallahassee Museum

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By Tom Flanigan

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Tallahassee, FL – A seventeen-year old Tallahassee Eagle Scout wrapped up a big project over the weekend. Tom Flanigan reports he and his troop mates made almost fifty cypress wood signs to make the Tallahassee Museum's Big Bend Farm even more of a learning experience.

John Howard Baldino has always loved the museum. He asked the museum staff if he and other members of Scout Troop 109 could do anything to help and they gave him a list.

"Well, I selected one of them. They have many options here."

At first, John wanted to build a walkway over one of the sinkholes on the property. His dad, Mark Baldino, says that was a bit too ambitious.

"We said okay, of these fifteen projects that you gave us, now that we're not going to do the stairway into the sinkhole,which one would be the most important to you and to the museum? And she said this one."

Museum Education Director Jennifer Golden says the signs will be put to good use.

"If we can have signs, then that identifies what that plant is and then with the large sign we can post more information or more information that's pertinent to the season."

Besides doing much of the actual work, John and the troop raised more than three-thousand dollars for the sign project.