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Eagle Scout refurbishes Key Peninsula Civic Center orca statue, enclosure

Assistant Scoutmaster Mark Burris, Eagle Scout candidate Collin Pernu and Scout Timmie Calhoun, from left, stand in front of Perun’s refurbished structure and orca statue at the Key Peninsula Civic Center.
Assistant Scoutmaster Mark Burris, Eagle Scout candidate Collin Pernu and Scout Timmie Calhoun, from left, stand in front of Perun’s refurbished structure and orca statue at the Key Peninsula Civic Center. Courtesy

Collin Pernu, 17, a member of Key Peninsula Lions Club-sponsored Boy Scout Troop 220, has been in scouting for going on seven years. He started as a Cub Scout, Tiger through Weblo.

“I officially became an Eagle on March 20, 2016,” said a proud Pernu. “For my Eagle project I did a refurbishment on the wooden orca whale and its protective structure that was carved and built in the 1970s and installed on the Key Peninsula Civic Center grounds.”

The whale was largely in disrepair and the enclosure was too small to completely display it. His project started December 18, 2014, and was completed on January 31, 2015.

Pernu is justifiably proud of the results.

The project took a total of 112 man-hours and cost a total of $725. During the project, Pernu’s team of volunteers pressure-washed the whale and its enclosure, replaced the roof and shingling of the structure, raised the structure’s roof for better visibility, repaired and repainted the whale, stained the support beams of the structure and re-fenced its compound.

Funding for the project came from Thrivent Lutheran and plywood was provided by Olympic Panel Products.

Eagle Scout Pernu’s team of volunteers consisted of his father, Lester Pernu, Mark Burris, Mitchell Nelson, Matthew Mills, Kelson Mills, Timmie Calhoun, Cheryl Pernu and A.J. Holloway.

At his Eagle Court of Honor, fellow Troop 220 scouts Max Goins opened the ceremonies, Gabe Schaar and Nicholas Wiklund presented the colors, Ben Goins gave the invocation, Scoutmaster Spencer Wiklund opened the formal proceedings, Max Goins led the candle ceremony, John Odell presented scouting’s history, Matthew Mills explained the meaning of the Mountain, and Steve Goins presented the Eagle candidate.

Collin’s brother, Eagle Evan Pernu, gave the Eagle Charge and Oath, and Spencer Wiklund and Steve Goins made the presentation of the Eagle award. Mark Burris presented the Eagle Scout plaque and new Eagle Collin gave the traditional Eagle response. After closing remarks and Scout Vespers by Steve Goins, Ben Goins gave the benediction before Schaar and Wiklund retired the colors. Max Goins concluded the ceremony. And another Troop 220 Eagle took flight!

Drop by the KPCC and see our orca. It’s downright breathtaking.

And it doesn’t bite!

Hugh McMillan is a longtime contributing writer for the Gateway. He can be reached at hmcmnp1000@centurytel.net.

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