Boy Scouts restore safety signs

Wade Young,

Boy Scouts (from left) Branko Schoenbauer, Josh Neisen, Caleb Cain and adult leader Jon Trnka paint posts that will be used for thin ice signs in the lake aeration system on Greenleaf Lake. (Submitted photo)

Area lakes aren't iced over yet, but Boy Scouts are already making sure people who ice fish will be safe this winter.

Earlier this month, some Scouts from Troop #322 restored and fixed the “Thin Ice” signs that are used on Greenleaf Lake, south of Montgomery, when its aeration system is running.

The Scouts’ project helped the Montgomery Sportsman’s Club members who operate the aeration system during the winter. Jon Trnka is a Scout parent and Sportsman Club member. He said the signs needed some repair.

“The signs were in need of being repainted after many years of use,” he said.

The job required the boys to sand and paint the signs’ wooden poles, clean the metal diamond plates and apply reflective “Thin Ice” decals supplied by the Department of Natural Resources.

However, the project isn’t completed yet. The Scouts are waiting on more decals before they reattach the signs to the posts.

Trnka said the job helped the Sportman’s Club, and taught the Scouts about the importance of the aeration systems and the use of safety signs.

“The kids kind of asked a little bit about (the system) when they were working on it,” Trnka explained. “It helps them with their...

To see more on this story pick up the october 28, 2021 print edition of the Montgomery Messenger. 


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