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October 11, 2018                                               ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS OF MICHIGAN                                                  PAGE 3


        Like an Eagle

        Scout installs owl houses in Canton parks

           Evan McKimmy is an Eagle    order to gain access to Canton  lize smaller dwellings.”
        who is helping owls thrive.    parks, McKimmy was required      McKimmy thanked his fellow
           Thanks to McKimmy, an       to present his idea to his troop  troop mates for their help get-
        influx of owls can be found in  and to the Canton Leisure     ting  the   project   done.
        Canton parks taking advantage  Services Advisory Committee    Leadership, he said he learned,
        of several new houses built and  for approval.                isn't always about being 'the
        installed by McKimmy as part of  “It never was stressful (pre-  boss.'
        his final Eagle Scout project.  senting my project to the com-  “What I learned was not to be
           McKimmy, a 15-year-old      mittee),” McKimmy said.        too over controlling,” McKimmy
        Canton resident, completed the  “Everyone at the Canton Leisure  said. “Always being a control
        installation of 15 owl houses in  Services Department was really  freak is never good. It's better to
        several parks across Canton in  supportive and inviting.”     be more of a friendly leader.”
        late spring this year.  The Salem  McKimmy, who has been a      John McKimmy, Evan's father,
        High School student enlisted his  Scout since kindergarten, said  is proud his son completed the
        fellow scouts in Troop #854,   he learned a few lessons during  project.  He is even happier that
        based in St. Michael's Lutheran  the project - about both owls and  Evan made a positive contribu-
        Church of Canton, to assist in  leadership.                   tion to his hometown.
        building and placing the owl     “I learned that owl houses     “Boy Scouts has done a lot for
        houses in the open green spaces.   needed to be set at a certain  (Evan's) leadership abilities,”
           Visitors can see McKimmy's  height as well as a certain dis-  John McKimmy said. “This
        owl houses tucked into wooded  tance away from each other so  Eagle Scout project had more
        areas in Heritage Park,        the owls have adequate feeding  than eight-years-worth of work
        Independence Park, Griffin     territories,” he said.         behind it.”
        Park, Flodin Park, Barchester    He also learned what owls      For additional information on
        Park, Freedom Park, and the    are native to the Canton area  how to submit an Eagle Scout
        Lower Rouge River Trail.       and what type of houses they   project for consideration, con-
           “The entire project lasted  need.                          tact the Canton volunteer coordi-
        eight months,” McKimmy said.     “Barred Owls are larger owls  nator at (734) 394-5191.  For more
        “This included planning,       and need larger houses. The    information about Canton Parks,  Canton resident Evan McKimmy, 15, stands below one of the 15 owl
        fundraising, building and even-  Eastern Screech Owls, on the  visit or call  houses he constructed and placed throughout several Canton parks
        tually placing the houses.”  In  other hand, are smaller and uti-  (734) 394-5310.           as part of his Eagle Scout project.

        Challenge                      home on Aug. 25, 2016.         in Ann Arbor.                 ballot,” Herbert said, “but I  Community Foundation Board
                                         Pagan disputes that claim
                                                                                                    don't think votes for her should
                                                                                                                                   of Directors and the Advisory
                                                                        “She claimed a Homestead
                                       and says that she has always   Tax Exemption on her Ann      count. Her campaign is fraudu-  Council for the STEM (Science,
        FROM PAGE 1                    claimed Canton as her primary  Arbor home, saving her more   lent and I think she is guilty of  Technology,  Engineering,
                                       residence on her taxes. She said  than $2,300 per year, all while  perjury by lying on her cam-  Mathematics) program at
        your homestead is the place    that this claim is “a completely  claiming to still live in Canton.  paign filing documents. She  Canton High School. She also
        where you have your perma-     ridiculous Republican attack.  She has committed perjury and  lives in Ann Arbor.”          serves on the Board of
        nent home.  You can only have    “I've always claimed Canton  defrauded the people of          Pagan, according to her web-  Directors for Michigan Youth in
        one homestead,” the complaint  as my primary residence on my  Michigan,” Gostias said.      site, moved back to Canton in  Government program, and
        states.                        taxes,” she said. This is baseless  The complaint is requesting  2011 and started her own busi-  serves as a mentor for the
           Tax records show that Pagan  and misleading.”              that votes for Pagan not be   ness “dedicated to civic and   “Lead Like a Girl” initiative in
        and her husband purchased the    “My client is deeply offended  counted in the Nov. 6 election as  community engagement.”   Canton, according to the web-
        home in Ann Arbor July 1, 2016  that his state representative,  she is not a qualified candidate  In addition, she worked at  site.
        for $450,000 and the couple    Kristy Pagan, does not live the  under state election law.   Wayne State University Law       No hearing date on the com-
        received     a   Homestead     district she claims to represent.  “I know it is too late to have  School.                  plaint had been set at press
        Exemption on the Ann Arbor     In 2016 she purchased a home   her name removed from the        Pagan serves on the Canton  time.
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