On Saturday, August 29, Josh and Zach Stromberg were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, for their leadership in community work. The two young men, their parents, grandmother, scout leaders and younger scouts spoke during the serious, yet happy, ceremony in a natural amphitheater in Lowden Boy Scout Camp. Candles on a rock wall and a campfire provided the light. After the ceremony, refreshments were served and congratulations were offered.
During the past year, each of them did a service project at Sand Ridge Prairie. Each one organized a crew, planned the work, planned lunch and directed the removal of several hundred overgrown scotch pines trees from a section of Sand Ridge destined to be restored to prairie.
When all of the overgrown trees no longer suitable to be Christmas trees have been removed, a sweeping vista will appear. The Prairie Preservation Society of Ogle County (PPSOC), owner of Sand Ridge, is grateful for the many volunteer hours spent by scouts from Troops 52 and 99 clearing the large section of pines.