MILLBURY, Mass. — Millbury Boy Scout Tim Born is Troop 110ʼs newest Eagle Scout.
Born recently passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review and was honored along with 84 other new Eagle Scouts during the Jan. 4 Eagle Scout recognition dinner, attended by more than 400 other Eagle Scouts from the area.
A junior at Millbury High School, Born has been involved in Scouting for nearly 10 years since he began in 2003. He is a member of St. Brigidʼs Youth Council, a member of The Friends of the Asa Waters Mansion and involved in several school clubs and activities. He also enjoys working part-time at Rayʼs True Value Hardware.
The rank of Eagle Scout requires the Scout to complete a community service project; Born's project was an easy choice for him. Since his ﬁrst volunteer event at the Asa Waters Mansion at the age of 9, he knew this was a special historical building with a dedicated group of volunteers. Born offered to do his project at the mansion and worked with the task force and landscaping committee on ideas. They agreed on creating a welcoming entrance garden on the School Street side of the property and repairing the stone wall.
Preparation for the project began in March 2012. Several months of planning included meetings, communications, approvals, permits, and organizing help and resources. Born solicited donations of labor, materials and ﬁnancial support from Rayʼs True Value, Ramshorn Landscaping, Rogerʼs Farm Supply, Farmerʼs Daughter and Echo Brook Nurseries, along with family, friends and his Scout troop.
He then organized about 15 volunteers to begin the physical work in late June. Phase 1 was to remove more than 400 square feet of sod, roots and overgrown bushes, as well as repair the historic stone wall along the side of the mansion that faces the Millbury Post Office. Work continued with soil amendments, removing rocks and roots and planting roses, hydrangeas, and an Eastern Redbud tree.
Finally, existing bulbs, perennials and azalea bushes were transplanted and 2 yards of mulch were spread. Careful watering, weeding and fertilizing continued into the fall. After more than 150 service hours, the “team” is looking forward to seeing the new blooms in the spring.
Born is the son of Pauline Tranter of Millbury and Jeff Born of Northbridge.