The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

September 4, 2013


Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — Allen Sanford saw a need, and he decided to use his Eagle Scout project to fill that need.

“There was an older trailer that was not necessarily in the best of shape,” Sanford said.

The trailer in question belonged to the Village of Albion, and Sanford used his project to convert an old hay wagon into a mobile sound stage.

“We completely revamped it,” Sanford said. “We stripped and repainted it, put on some new wood, it was a very physical project.”

Sanford worked with a number of friends, putting in a combined 320 hours, he said.

In describing the like-new piece of village equipment, Sanford said it measures 15 feet by 18 feet, with two platforms of 6 feet by 8 feet.

“It’s a mobile bandstand, and the village didn’t have anything of this size or with this much mobility before,” he said.

Sanford chose to work on the bandstand after serving on a local committee that was tasked with brainstorming ideas for helping to revive Bullard Park. He said one of the ideas involved promoting music and entertainment, and that is when he decided to move ahead with the mobile unit.

“I thought a stage for village functions would come in handy,” Sanford said. Building the stage, he noted, involved two of his interests: engineering and music.

Late in August, Sanford presented the project to the Village Board of Albion, whose members were “very enthusiastic and grateful” to receive it, he recalled.

Dale Brooks, Department of Public Works Superintendent, said Sanford “did very well” on the project and should be commended for the work he put into it. Brooks added, though, that some work must still be done on the stage to bring it up to municipal code. Sanford said that was understandable.

“There are adjustments to make, but the project is all youth-made,” Sanford said, noting how the village workers will be working on a project and not building one from scratch.

With the project done, Sanford, who is a freshmen at R.I.T. this year after graduating from Albion this past spring, recalled how building it was a fun experience.

“I felt pretty excited to finish it,” he said. “It’s one thing to look at a CAD drawing, but then to put it to use and see it come to life was pretty rewarding.

“I also enjoyed working with people from the community,” Sanford added.