A welcome addition: Michael Ebert’s scout project bids welcome to Butler visitors


BUTLER – New “Welcome to Butler” signs have been put in place, thanks to the efforts of Michael Ebert, an Eagle Scout candidate.

Ebert, a Clear Fork High School senior, worked on the project while busy with school activities.

He plays golf for Clear Fork and plays tuba in the band. He also is on the academic challenge team.

His mother, Mary Ann Ebert, said he did all this while also getting ready to take ACT tests for entrance into college. She said he “didn’t prepare, just showed up and got a 30!”

This followed the family being at James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, where his father had been placed. His father died 26 days after being diagnosed, said Mary Ann Ebert.

The younger Ebert is with Boy Scout Troop 126 in Bellville.

Michael Ebert said he wanted his Eagle Scout project to be something for the village of Butler. He said he received much help from others, including Butler Mayor Joe Stallard.

Village council members also were supportive of the project, he said.

“I grew up in Butler” he said, and talked about being involved in Scout activities since the first grade.

The hardest part of completing the project was the fundraising, he said. He had to do that while playing golf, playing in the band and doing other school activities. He was able to raise $3,500 for the effort.

Michael’s father passed away in April. Mary Ann Ebert said her son started planning the project in February, but his father’s death stalled the project. He resumed work on May and June. His father, Larry Ebert, Jr., was 48.

“I am so proud of his accomplishments during the most difficult journey of his life,” said Mary Ann Ebert.

The Bellville Boy Scout troop is celebrating 90 years of service. Randy Echelberger is the scoutmaster.

Michael Ebert said he wanted to thank work day crew members who came out and helped him install the signs. Work crew adults and scouts came out in the rain to help with the project, he said.

Michael has also gone to Buckeye Boys State and he traveled to Europe last summer.

Businesses and organizations helped with the project, and Michael Ebert sent them his thanks. Those groups were Weekley’s Chrysler Dodge and Jeep, TLC Kanvas, The Butler Lions Club, American Legion Post 535, and Bellville Masonic Lodge 376.

Spyder Signs in Mansfield made the signs.

Ebert said he thinks he will go to The Ohio State University, where he will probably major in some type of engineering.

He said he likes mechanical things and is interested in chemical engineering. The first sessions in engineering school are usually general he said. Then a student can pick out which type of engineering will be the major.

Ebert said he had talked to a number of students in the engineering school and found out many had changed the type of major selected numerous times.

He said it is common for “every student to switch four or five times.”

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By Louise Swartzwalder

The Bellville Star