Howland Scout promotes wellness with sidewalk project

HOWLAND — Wanting to help runners and walkers know how many miles they travel, a local Boy Scout has placed quarter-mile markers along the sidewalks on North River Road and East Market Street for his Eagle Scout project.

Abhishek Shah, 17, a junior at Howland High School, spent a 90-degree day this week placing the mile marker signs on the sidewalks on the two busy streets, covering close to six miles. He used a green tile marking every quarter mile.

”This will benefit walkers, runners and people who walk dogs. Those who exercise will be able to keep track,” Shah said.

Assisting were two crews with Boy Scout Troop 101 of Warren.

Shah said he started at the intersection of state Route 46 and East Market Street and headed east on both sides of the street. On North River Road, he marked from Route 46 to the airfield.

Trustee Jim Lapolla said the Howland Health and Wellness Committee suggested the idea as part of promoting wellness and physical activity by residents.

”We hope this helps to encourage walking. The wellness committee came up with some ideas to help encourage more health and wellness in the township,” Lapolla said.

Shah said he hopes people will spend time walking in the spring, summer and fall.

”If people want to walk a mile or two miles a day, they can now track it,” Lapolla said.

He said the township’s comprehensive plan encouraged the use of sidewalks.

Other Scouts assisted Shah where they could.



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