Imagine sitting in your living room watching one of the most exciting games of baseball you’ve ever seen and the dogs start barking. You’re up hollering because your team just tied the ballgame; they’re barking because you’re hollering, or are they? They don’t stop and you know it’s not because they’re into the game.
Your hubby looks out the window; it’s dark. He says, “There are people across the street with flashlights and shovels.” Your first thought, if you have a sense of humor, might be, “Who are they burying and why are they doing it in the front yard?” The backyard might be less conspicuous, but, in all reality, you figure they’re critter hunting or looking for something.
You throw on some shoes, walk across the street and ask, “What are you guys doing?” The response you get is, “Community project,” and that’s all the information they offer.
Now the question, “What community project involves people with flashlights and shovels in the dark?” might get the best of you. If you were a writer for the local news you might just grab your camera and recorder and go investigate. You head out with every intention of finding out but they’re gone. You still hear voices and realize they must have had the same thought as you did earlier and moved to the back yard.
You’d also get the story that Boy Scout Pack #42 out of the Littlefield LDS church received a request from a Beaver Dam resident for help; not for themselves but for their neighbors.
The Weavers belong to the LDS church, Littlefield Ward, and they have snowbird neighbors, the Jensens, who are elderly and who haven’t come back for the winter yet. The Jensen’s yard was quite overrun with weeds and they needed help cleaning it up.
The Boy Scouts came to the rescue under the fearless leadership Trent Reber. They got a late start due to other obligations so with flashlights and shovels in hand they set out to pull the weeds in the dark. About a dozen scouts, leaders and church members dug, broke up, bagged and restored the Jensen’s yard to all its weed-free splendor.
All that and they finished before the end of the ballgame.
A big thank you goes out to Boy Scout troop #42 for keeping the neighborhood tidy.