SIDNEY — Devan O’Connell, 14, of Sidney, has completed his Eagle Scout project at the Sidney First Church of the Nazarene, revitalizing its live nativity scenery.
He is a member of Anna Troop No. 301.
The live nativity at the church was started 18 years ago, and this is the first time the scenery has been refurbished. A desert scene, comprising 16, 4-foot by 8-foot flats, was the first of this large project. The 11 camel and King Herod flats, were the last to be finished. With the help of many church members, the project will also include repairing a few of the flats and getting new posts for securing the scenery for the nativity, which is usually held the second weekend of December at the church.
Currently the patrol leader of the Flaming Arrows, O’Connell is at the Brotherhood level of the Order of the Arrow and has volunteered at the Woodland Trails Scout Reservation. Last year, he went on a mission trip with other members of the congregation to Honduras to help build a school/church, and he volunteers for the live nativity each December.
O’Connell, son of Valarie and Shawn O’Connell, also does karate in his spare time, works for his mom at Imaging Custom Embroidery & Printing and part-time for Chris Cook’s Garage; and will be a freshman at Anna High School in the fall.
Those who contributed to his Eagle Scout project include Davis Meats, Chris Cook’s Garage, Imaging Custom Embroidery & Printing, Sherwin-Williams, Anna Elementary art teacher Krystal Swiger, the Nanik family through a grant from Thrivent Financial, Steve Baker, ace Hardware and Ann Shropshire.