Boy Scout offers helping hand to DeZwaan windmill
Aisa Crawford is the only Dutch-certified miller in the United States and she operates the DeZwaan windmill located at the Windmill Island Gardens in Holland Michigan. It is a strenuous job where during Tulip Time, she was hand bagging anywhere from 250 to 450 pounds of wheat a day. In a year, that number grows to between 10,000 and 12,000 pounds. Crawford had a need and after reaching out to different venues, the project was given to area Boy Scout Remy Reed as part of his Eagle Scout project. From there, he took the lead. “To do an Eagle Scout project, basically the Scout is the project manager,” said Todd Reed, president of National Bulk Equipment and Remy’s father. “It is his job to define the project, coordinate it with the recipient of the project and coordinate it with the workers, engineers, the materials and to work on the budget.”For Remy Reed, it provided a challenging project that served not only Crawford, but also the people of Holland.“It feels great honestly because just hearing what she (Crawford) had to go through with physical therapy and just the labor of the whole process and to be able to ease that has been great,” Remy Reed said. “It has also been nice to be able to help out a huge landmark of Holland and to leave my mark on the city.Remy Reed currently is a freshman at West Ottawa High School and on top of being a Boy Scout, he also swims and plays soccer at the school. He became involved with the Boy Scouts in first grade and has been working his way through the organization ever since.To save money, Remy Reed was able to get the whole gearbox and the magnets donated and also was able to use scrap metal to rebuild the hopper. The labor for the project was donated by National Bulk Equipment, Inc. Since the new parts have been installed, Crawford said she hasn’t had to make any more trips to the rehabilitation center and she is extremely thankful for the hard work Reed put in. “His efforts have greatly improved the amount of handling and work that I do with the packaging here in the windmill,” Crawford said. “He did a terrific job with his project and it has helped my work tremendously. ”As for Remy, he has his sights set on studying aerospace engineering or business management when he gets to college and is looking forward to hopefully reaching the Eagle Scout level. “I think it is a great experience for scouts to go through because you really get to see what adult life is like by communicating with everybody,” Remy Reed said. “I have had a great time and it has been amazing to get to work with her (Crawford) on the windmill.”
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2017 Mackinac Rendezvous
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