TWINSBURG — With the soppy artifacts from 1976 dried, catalogued, returned to owner or placed in the local historical museum, an Eagle Scout hopeful will look to complete his time capsule project as part of the city’s Bicentennial celebration.
Twinsburg residents donated items in 1976, the year of the city's first Twins Days, and buried them in a time capsule that was opened in July for the city’s 200th birthday. Now, they will bury items once again for generations 40 years from now to inspect, at a Sept. 30 ceremony at Crown Hill Cemetery.
Boy Scout Michael Turle, 17, took on the time capsule project — both the excavation and cataloging of water-soaked materials following the July opening, and the burial of the new time capsule Sept. 30. The old time capsule was not water tight and many items inside were wet or damaged.
"Evidently, it's been quite the ordeal," Turle said. "A lot of the salvaging was done by myself and some volunteers from my Scout Troop 223 ... as well as the historical society, mostly by gloved hand and with a little help from the sun for some of the wetter articles."
While some items had to be scrapped, many items are on display at the Twinsburg Historical Society Museum, said Andy Tomko, president of the Twinsburg Historical Society. Those who donated items 50 years ago could reclaim them, and remaining items were put into storage.
As part of his Eagle Scout project, Turle also raised funds for a new capsule and collected some of its contents, from newspapers to fidget spinners, that will be opened in 2057.
"Some items going into the new capsule include everything from newspapers to a Twinsburg flag, from eclipse memorabilia to fidget spinners. One of my favorites is a [disarmed] stun gun courtesy of the Reminderville Police Department," Turle said. "These items were allowed in only at my discretion, but 99 percent of all things donated made it through."
The new capsule is made of stainless steel and is built to last upwards of 200 years, Turle said.
"After the capsule is placed in its final resting place in Crown Hill Cemetery, my project will be concluded aside from the tying off a few loose ends," Turle said.
Troop 223 Scoutmaster Scott Branstetter said Turle is a Life Scout, the rank before Eagle Scout.
"Every boy has his own strengths," Branstetter said. "Michael networks very well. He's led campfire programs for us. He's willing to be the front person and take a speaking role."
Once his project is completed, he will submit it to the Lake Erie Council for final approval, Branstetter said. A review board will interview Turle and to confirm he's met the standards of being an Eagle Scout. He will take the oath of Eagle Scout and receive an Eagle rank patch for his shirt pocket, an Eagle neckerchief and lapel pin. Turle can continue to earn awards, Branstetter said.
"It keeps the boys engaged by earning awards even after earning Eagle rank," Branstetter said.
Turle plays the trumpet in the high school marching, concert and jazz bands. He can be seen on-stage with the THS Drama Club and serves on the Youth Leader Council for another Twinsburg Scouting group, Venturing Crew 4929.
He plans to attend Miami University in Oxford for a bachelor's degree in English education.