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A Fresh Coat for an Old Firehouse

Tyler Mikulski, 15, an Eagle Scout candidate with Troop 2 in Milford, is re-staining the historic firehouse on Purchase Street with a little help from friends and family.

Anyone who's driven by the old firehouse on Purchase Street couldn't help but notice it needed some love.

The cedar shingles have lost most of their color, and the white paint has flaked off the door and sign. The building, now used for equipment storage, looked a little too rustic.

Enter Tyler Mikulski, an Eagle Scout candidate looking for a project.

Tyler, 15, got permission from the to give the 1920s-era building a fresh coat of stain for the cedar shingles, and paint for the doors.

Tyler, a scout with Troop 2, approached in Milford, which agreed to donate the stain, a deep red called Sequoia.

In addition to staining the shingles, Tyler and his father, Chris, will repaint the white entrance doors and remove the broken gutters.

The stain work was about halfway done on Sunday, when Tyler and his father were working on the south side. Earlier, fellow Troop 2 scouts Peter Elia and Bryce Ryan gave a hand.

The new look is expected to be finished by the end of September.

Mr Nobody August 20, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I believe that Scouts today have a huge responsibility to emphasize being Helpful in their communities. So "Tyler" & family & friends, I tip my hat off to all....GREAT JOB
Jim Calarese August 20, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Another example of a great kid doing something good for the community. I hope history doesn't repeat itself. If I remembe correctly, wasn't there another Eagle Scout candidate that ran into union problems a few years ago while working on his project at Memorial Hall?
Michael P Visconti Jr August 22, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Great effort Tyler. Should be more like you around.Just curious as to how the old lead paint/stain is being handled.
Mr Nobody August 22, 2012 at 02:12 PM
WOW why are you throwing a monkey wrench at this young man painting the fire station. The lead paint has been there for years & years, if your so curious how the lead paint is being handled "why don't you go up there and help him out with the painting" instead of being curious. ""Hi Tyler"" if your reading this good luck finishing you painting project, this guy and his comment might shut you down.
Chris Mikulski August 27, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Mike, the shingles are old so there wasn't alot of prep work involved. If anyone has ever painted old shingles it's very difficult and quite a bit of stain gets absorbed. What I will say is this it looks better than it ever has and many people have commented positively. I think your concern is really addressed when the building is repaired or re-sided which would be the next thing that should be considered for this structure. With the new paint job this should give the town several years before that needs to be considered. For now, this project shows what kids today cam accomplish as a team.

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