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Eagle scout fixes up Coliseum

A Polo boy became an Eagle Scout on Sunday after months of work restoring a building beloved by both a community and himself.

Patrick Wright, a scout with Dixon Troop 93, used his Eagle Scout project to fix up several parts of the Mt. Morris Coliseum, 26 S Wesley Ave, that had become worn over time.

Restoration efforts included clearing out what was once a weight lifting gym in the basement and turning it into a multipurpose room, building wooden stands to hold carpet rolls, re-padding the bottoms of several metal benches, and repainting the interior and exterior of several doors around the building.

Wendy Lambrigtsen, president of the Mt. Morris Coliseum Board and Wright's aunt, gave Wright the blessing to begin selling the weight room equipment. The equipment was sold at 18 cents per pound for smaller weights and 22 cents per pound for larger weights.

Wright had initially budgeting $240 for the project, accounting for $210 in materials and $30 for tools.

Any funds raised beyond what was needed to cover repairs would be donated back to the coliseum.

Wright came in more than $100 under budget for the project, needing only $136.96. With $1,006 raised altogether, $869.04 made its way back to the coliseum.

“It helped that we also got a few donations,” said Wright. “For instance, the Oregon Ace Hardware donated a can of paint for the doors, which was greatly appreciated.”

Wright said he had a lot of help with repainting and frame building came from his mother, Ammie; his sister, Laura; his grandparents, Donna and Barry Rittenhouse; aunt and uncle, Tammy and Jay Provo; and cousin, Olivia Lambrigsten.

Between Wright and his family, 145 hours were put into the project across six months between January and June, 2017.

Now that it’s done, Wright is just happy he could help out.

“I do have a sense of satisfaction for helping with this building, since I have some attachment to it from my past,” said Wright. “Plus, I did look up to my cousins, who did work on this building as well.”

Wright’s cousin, Justin Provo, fixed up the walk-in-closets near the stage area as his Eagle Scout project years ago, and had his ceremony in the coliseum. Wright said he felt it was fitting to have his there as well.

“I just hope that generations to come appreciate this building a much as I do,” said Wright.

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