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Arts & Entertainment - January 18, 2013

Four childhood friends share Eagle Scout honors

Four Eagle Scouts who have been friends and Scouts for many years were honored Dec. 15 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Vineyard Avenue. Tyler Reedy, 16; Matthew McMurdie, 17; Nick Snell, 17; and Tyler Nesci, 17, all members of Troop No. 949, are currently juniors at Amador Valley High.

The boys became great friends when still young and called themselves "TMNT." They earned the Arrow of Light award and advanced through Boy Scouts together, and over the years have attended annual summer camps, most recently Camp Cherry Valley on Catalina Island. Their Scouting highlights include beach and snow camping, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, spelunking and mountain biking. Collectively, they've earned more than 84 merit badges.

Each of their Eagle Scout projects needed more than 100 man-hours of labor and benefited Pleasanton as follows:

* Reedy supervised the sanding and painting of three large tram trailers at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. These trams are used to transport fair attendees around the property.

* McMurdie led volunteers to paint and refurbish a Fairgrounds building used for various purposes.

* Snell worked to inventory and replace 36 damaged or missing classroom emergency backpacks and supplies at Walnut Grove Elementary School.

* Nesci directed the installation of 20 15-gallon plants at the Fairgrounds to provide shade and beautify the area.

Reedy and Nesci are in the Amador Marching Band, which regularly competes with other bands. McMurdie is currently a lifeguard at the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center in Pleasanton and is on the Amador swim team. Snell is an avid mountain biker and provides guidance to Scouts interested in the sport.