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April 12, 2013

Residents rally to aid Eagle Scout

When Eagle Scout Alan Davis discovered that vandals had destroyed the posts in his Digital Dogtown project, part of a smartphone guided tour through the Dogtown woods, he was disappointed but inspired to rebuild.

Since that discovery, Davis was featured in a Times article, and news spread elsewhere about his hacked-apart Eagle Scout project. Then, responses from concerned people poured in — some to Davis, others to the city’s Open Space Committee that helped guide the initial project and still others to the Times.

“All of the responses have been really nice, a lot of sympathy,” Davis, a 17-year-old Gloucester High student, said Thursday afternoon. “People are talking about how they’re sick of this kind of thing happening.”

Some callers offered to chip in whatever they could including money, physical labor and supplies and materials. Though Davis is waiting to accept donations until he can set up an account, he has asked that people interested in helping out in any way send emails to him at digital.dogtown@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, Rockport resident Doris Rollins, a 94-year-old King Street resident, called the Times Thursday, looking to donate to support the rebuild. Rollins said that, as she read about the damage, a memory from about 86 years ago, when she was in the third grade, popped back into her head — an incident she had never forgotten.

When Rollins was in third grade, her dad had fixed up a little hut for her in their backyard where she would spend hours playing with her dolls — until one day some young boys ransacked it.

“I’m sure that it wasn’t as gorgeous as it is in my mind, but somebody did that to it, too, and I never forgot it,” she said. “When I read this, I thought I knew how they felt. I thought ‘oh the poor kid’ and then to have them go up there and see it after you’ve worked hard on something.”

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