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Hartford Scout Earns Eagle Rank

  • Donovan Kelly's Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held last weekend at Wilder Center. Kelly is a senior at Hartford High School.  Photograph by Walter Kelly.

    Donovan Kelly's Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held last weekend at Wilder Center. Kelly is a senior at Hartford High School. Photograph by Walter Kelly.

  • Donovan Kelly's Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held last weekend at Wilder Center. Kelly is a senior at Hartford High School.  Photograph by Walter Kelly.

    Donovan Kelly's Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held last weekend at Wilder Center. Kelly is a senior at Hartford High School. Photograph by Walter Kelly.

  • Donovan Kelly, of White River Junction, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Hartland Boy Scout Troop 235. Photograph by Walter Kelly.

    Donovan Kelly, of White River Junction, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Hartland Boy Scout Troop 235. Photograph by Walter Kelly.

  • Donovan Kelly, of White River Junction, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Hartland Boy Scout Troop 235. Photograph by Walter Kelly.

    Donovan Kelly, of White River Junction, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Hartland Boy Scout Troop 235. Photograph by Walter Kelly.

  • Donovan Kelly, of White River Junction, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Hartland Boy Scout Troop 235. Photograph by Walter Kelly.

    Donovan Kelly, of White River Junction, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Hartland Boy Scout Troop 235. Photograph by Walter Kelly.

  • Donovan Kelly's Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held last weekend at Wilder Center. Kelly is a senior at Hartford High School.  Photograph by Walter Kelly.
  • Donovan Kelly's Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held last weekend at Wilder Center. Kelly is a senior at Hartford High School.  Photograph by Walter Kelly.
  • Donovan Kelly, of White River Junction, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Hartland Boy Scout Troop 235. Photograph by Walter Kelly.
  • Donovan Kelly, of White River Junction, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Hartland Boy Scout Troop 235. Photograph by Walter Kelly.
  • Donovan Kelly, of White River Junction, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Hartland Boy Scout Troop 235. Photograph by Walter Kelly.

Hartford — Just two weeks after Donovan Kelly finished his Eagle project, Tropical Storm Irene roared in and whisked half of it away.

In August 2011, Kelly, a member of Hartland Boy Scout Troop 235, installed four oak benches in Quechee State Park. Now, just two remain.

He and his family helped with Irene cleanup efforts, which helped keep the loss in perspective, said Chris Kelly, Donovan Kelly’s mother.

“We didn’t lose a house,” she said. “It’s all relative.”

The park was where Donovan Kelly first learned to camp, his father, Walter Kelly, said. “He wanted to give back.”

Between planning, curing and building, the wooden benches were more than a year in the making. A dozen or so volunteers helped set up the seats, which weigh about 300 pounds each, Walter Kelly said. “They will be there for many years to come.”

Donovan Kelly officially received the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest in scouting, at his Eagle Court of Honor earlier this month at Wilder Center. A Hartford High School senior, he plans to study athletic training at Merrimack College.

— Aimee Caruso