Mayor Eric Niemann presents Eagle Scout Atli Thurman with a certificate of appreciation for community service during the April 8 city council meeting.

Eagle Scout

The story: Atli Thurman, a member of Philomath-based Boy Scouts Troop 161, directed the construction of a covered sandbox at Lupe’s Community Garden for his final requirement to achieve the Eagle Scout rank. (“Giving back to garden,” Dec. 5, 2018 edition, page A1). Thurman wanted to create a place for young children to play while their parents work in the garden, which is part of Philomath Community Services.

The latest: Thurman officially earned his Eagle Scout rank during a Court of Honor ceremony on April 7. He was recognized with a certificate of appreciation for community service during the April 8 city council meeting.

When asked by Mayor Eric Niemann about what citizenship means to him, Thurman talked about the 12 virtues of Scout law.

“A good citizen you could say is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent,” Thurman said.

Thurman said to earn the Eagle Scout rank, candidates must earn 31 merit badges with 21 required essential skills.

Helping homeless

The story: The Philomath School District formed a committee with several community partners to come up with solutions to help families approaching a housing crisis (“An issue not easily seen,” Jan. 30 edition, page A1). Housing instability has been shown to be a factor in school disruption for students. One of those solutions could be to provide emergency funds when other resources cannot immediately help.

The latest: The Philomath Family Housing Stability Fund was established to help provide housing stability for Philomath families, particularly those with school-age children. Van Hunsaker, former president of Philomath Community Services and former mayor, and Melissa Goff, superintendent of schools, approached the city council April 8 with an invitation to formally participate in the fund’s management and contribute to help with financial support.

Mayor Eric Niemann said the proposal should be considered and vetted before the city’s finance and administrative committee. A recommendation could then come back to the council. Councilor David Low believed that would be appropriate because the committee will be considering social services funding at its May 1 meeting.

The stability fund’s committee would include three individuals tasked with making any decisions on providing funds. The proposal suggests that there be appointees from the school district, Philomath Community Services and the city.

— Philomath Express

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