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The Times
  • Scouts add color to Herkimer Co. Humane Society

  • Standing outside of the Herkimer County Humane Society last week, 17-year-old Carl Schiemer looked around as his idea for his Eagle Scout project started to take shape.

    “Instead of all the green, there’s going to be a lot of color, pinks and purples,” he said, gesturing toward the front perimeter of the shelter and outside the dog yard.

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  • Standing outside of the Herkimer County Humane Society last week, 17-year-old Carl Schiemer looked around as his idea for his Eagle Scout project started to take shape.
    “Instead of all the green, there’s going to be a lot of color, pinks and purples,” he said, gesturing toward the front perimeter of the shelter and outside the dog yard.
    Schiemer, of Herkimer, said he has wanted to see some color at the humane society for a while, and that he thought of it when brainstorming for his Eagle Scout project several months ago. He had been at the society about a year ago when he picked up his Rottweiler-Shepherd mix dog, Thor.
    “Every since I was little, there was never anything here ... It just used to be empty,” said Schiemer, referring to the landscaping on the grounds.
    Schiemer said he had to move quickly on the project since he spent six weeks of the summer at camp and needed to complete the project before the end of the season.
    So he printed out letters requesting donations, but delivered them directly to the addressees so the project could get started sooner.
    Schiemer said he received $700 in donations — which amounted to the purchase of 130 potted plants for the project. The flowers were planted along the front perimeter of the shelter, along the outside dog yard and in other spots on the grounds.
    Schiemer said with a team of about 10 people made up of Troop 9 Boy Scouts, friends and family, the work was completed in about six and a half hours.
    This is the second time this summer that a Boy Scout has helped the humane society in an effort to become an Eagle Scout. In June, Cain Bowman with Troop 31 installed a new sign for the humane society along with a new flower bed for his Eagle Scout project.
    “We really appreciate the scouts for coming in to do this,” said Joanne Johnson, shelter manager. “It’s not something we are able to do ourselves. Our funding goes toward the animal care ... This ties it all in.”
    As for Schiemer’s project, Johnson said it will be good for the dogs that are using the outdoor area since it will help block the view of the State Route 5S in front of the building.
    “It’ll help keep the stress low for the dogs,” she said.
    Johnson added, “And it will look nice for people visiting.”
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