By DANIELLE PRAY
Moapa Valley Progress
In completion of his Eagle Scout Project, Overton youth Joseph Muhlestein renovated an old sign that had become a historic fixture in the town: the Overton Welcome sign. Originally built in the 1960’s, the sign has been a focus of local volunteer groups over the past year in an effort to try to keep it decorated and presentable.
Muhlstein said that he wanted to really finish the sign off with a very clean and professional look.
“It looks like a national park sign, now!” he said.
The project included re-staining the weathered wood, touching up paint, and then building rock columns around the bottom supporting posts.
After all the materials were obtained, the project took about two days to complete. The rock was donated by a connection that Muhlsteins’ scout leader, Andrew Meeks, had made. The company that donated the pillar rock was Apache Stone in Las Vegas. Muhlestein said that he was very grateful to this company because it cut down the cost by a thousand dollars. Muhlestein also had a GoFundMe set up on the internet where local residents donated at total of $350 to his project. He also was very grateful to receive monetary help from family, friends, and scout leaders.
Muhlestein gave a lot of credit to the support of his family and his scout leader Andrew Meeks.
“Andrew Meeks really knows what he’s doing and was very supportive of the scouting program,” said Joseph’s mother, Rebecca Muhlestein. “We have a wonderful scouting program in the Valley.”
Overall, the sign came together nicely. Joseph’s project really makes an impression for those entering Overton for the first time and is a nice treat for the people that already reside here.