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Louisville teen earns Eagle Scout badge by helping local veteran site

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By Mary Barczak

 It was a rainy morning but that didn't damper the cleanup efforts of one Louisville Boy Scout.

Fifteen-year old Sebastian Mortenson organized efforts for about 20 people to help him clean up grounds in Shepherdsville that will be the future home to the Active Heroes retreat center.

An advocate for veterans, military and their families, the organization obtained a grant last July from Home Depot for $250,000.

Once complete, the facility will include camp grounds as well as batting cages, a garden and classrooms.

The crew spent about three hours earlier this month weeding, picking up trash and taking out an old fence on the couple acres of designated land on Ridgeview Drive.

Mortenson, who has been in the Boy Scouts since he was about 8, said he was just happy to help.

“It's important to do service because it helps you be a better person,” said the Louisville resident.

The Eastern High School sophomore said he thought the cleanup would be a good Eagle Scout project because of it's purpose.

“It helps honor our military families and veterans,” he said. “It will also provide a bunch of classes for them such as suicide prevention.”

Mortenson said he wouldn't been able to complete the project without the help of several businesses and their donations such as Mortenson Family Dental, Mark Mortenson and Papa John's.