David Hochstetler remodels exterior of the Pines in pursuit of Eagle Scoutby Brenda Hochstetler on August 8, 2014
David Hochstetler has been a Boy Scout since 2011. This summer he has been pursuing the rank of Eagle Scout. To obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, a service project for a non-profit organization in the community is required. David selected The Pines building which is located at the west edge of Bremen, in the Shumaker Park, for his project. He wanted a project that he could be proud of for years to come. The old dark brown wood siding on the building was in dire need of replacement. The project entailed planning, such as measuring the building, calculating the amount of materials needed, obtaining quotes for the cost of the materials, and obtaining proper approval from the Bremen Park Board. The Bremen Senior Citizens group generously donated the funds needed to purchase the materials.
David was joined by his father, Steve Hochstetler and his grandfather, Dale Hochstetler for the actual construction. The 3 generations worked side by side as Dale, a life-long carpenter, passed down his knowledge to his grandson. Additional labor was provided by other scouts.
The old siding was removed. The boards were sorted and the best ones were donated to another non-profit group, The Bremen Holy Walk Inc. They intend to utilize them to build mangers and shelters for the annual Holy Walk. The used siding boards will provide a rustic look.
The building was covered with house wrap, providing an air-tight structure, which will help reduce the heating and cooling costs. New lighter color vinyl siding was installed. Vinyl siding will provide years of maintenance free usage.
In addition, the sign affixed to the building was sanded and refinished. The front door was repainted to better match the color of the siding. The outside light fixtures were replaced and a door stop was installed. The front porch posts were covered with matching aluminum. All of these enhancements vastly improved the appearance of the building. From the planning phase to completion, over 300 service hours were logged.
The building is currently being utilized by the Bremen Senior Citizens group. The Bremen Park Department is also planning to make the building available for rent to the general public.
David is the son of Steve and Brenda Hochstetler, and is a freshman at Bremen High School.