Have a seat! New benches at the Fair, courtesy of Eagle Scout

ESCANABA – Anyone who’s wandering around the U.P. State Fair this weekend and wants to sit down for a few minutes to rest themselves, will find four new benches that have been added to the fairgrounds, courtesy of Eagle Scout, Nick Chenier. Nick is a member of Boy Scout Troop 414 of Escanaba.

As his final step to attaining Eagle honors, Boy Scout’s highest award, Nick, with the help of some of his fellow Scouts, spearheaded the project to build the four new portable benches, complete with filled planters on each end.

“I thought that the fairgrounds could benefit from portable seating and these can just be picked up and moved wherever they’re needed,” Nick said.

The treated lumber to build the benches was donated by Chenier’s Greenhouse in Flat Rock, which also provided the flowers and greens for the planters. The greenhouse is a family-owned business with Nick’s parents, John and Yvonne; his grandparents, Harold and Sharon Chenier; uncles, Jim, Roger, Rick, and Bill; and an aunt, Kim.

“Cheniers is always donating flowers for different things in the community,” Nick explained. “So when we discussed the project, I knew they would donate the flowers for the planters.”

Work on the benches was done at the greenhouse and Nick said it took him and his crew about two days to complete the project.

One of three siblings – a brother, Mike,and sister, Holly – Nick is a junior at Escanaba High School where he is active in sports and especially enjoys being a part of the football team.

“I like to ride my 4-wheeler and dirt bikes, and also like hunting and fishing and going to our camp,” he said.

Nick began his scouting career as a Cub Scout and has steadily advanced through the ranks. He was presented with his Eagle award during a Court of Honor held in early summer.

Scoutmaster for Troop 414 is Keith Whitman.