Fraternal Order of Eagles
Big Walnut F.O.E. #3261
1623 Brice Road
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
(614) 861-9073
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Boy Scout Troop #279
Boy Scout Troop #279 meets at the Big Walnut F.O.E. each week. We are proud to help our local scout troop with a place to meet!

  • Troop Meetings every Monday night 7-8:30 pm
  • Crew Meetings 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month 7-8 pm

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Scope creep: It can destroy a project from within
What is scope creep?

It's the threat of a project exceeding the control of its manager.

Any major project must be clearly defined, documented, and confined to specifications. If the manager is not in control, the original vision of a project can expand beyond its initial goals, boundaries, budget, and possibly destroy itself in the process.

Scope creep begins with the subtle addition of new designs without approval for increases in time, costs, and resources. It is no secret that facing scope creep is a daunting challenge.

To defy scope creep, the project team must have all the research and information necessary to produce the desired product on time and within budget. Not surprisingly, less than a third of completed projects meet these basic expectations.
According to, the guidelines for controlling the scope of a project are: Submit the project overview to the project drivers for their review and comments. Develop a detailed order list for reference throughout the project. Provide general descriptions of the functionality of deliverables to be outlined during the project.
Change approved deliverables into actual work requirements. Divide the project into major and minor milestones. Complete a reasonable project schedule for approval by the project drivers.

Assign resources, then use the PERT (project evaluation review technique) to determine the work breakdown and critical path to project conclusion. Since this plan will change during the course of the project, evaluate it carefully.

Finally, prepare for the inevitable arrival of scope creep. Quickly introduce order forms for approval. Educate project drivers on the most effective methods of combating scope creep.

With these steps in mind, the alert project manager can control the project instead of the project seizing the reins from its manager.
Buy apples in October

October and November are the best times to buy apples because the fruit you buy then is the freshest you'll get all year.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, apples are harvested from August to November and shipped to markets.

But some of the harvest cools it in special storage facilities designed to keep the apples fresh, beautiful, and tasty.

Nonetheless, an apple you buy in July is likely 10 to 11 months old.
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Fire Prevention Week: Oct. 6 - 12, 2019

Plan and practice your escape from fire

More than a third of heads of households estimated they would have at least six minutes to escape a fire.

Not so, according to The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The time is often much less and survival may depend on your decision to get out of the building immediately.

NFPA suggests the following when making an escape plan for your family:

* Have two ways out of every room in your house.
* Establish a place outside for members of the family to meet.
* Make sure windows open easily for a possible escape route.
* Practice and establish that children can unlock doors and can open doors and windows with ease.
* Teach children how to escape if you can't help. Teach them not to delay.
* Test smoke alarms regularly and change the batteries at least once a year.
Saving water: Wash by hand or use a dishwasher?

When it comes to reducing our water usage, we have some moves down pat: shut off the water while brushing teeth, install a toilet that uses less water per flush, and wait until we've got a full load for the washing machine, for example.

But what about washing dishes? In terms of saving on water, is it better to wash by hand or to use a dishwasher?

On the one hand, there's the running water or the full sink (and do dishes get clean in a sink full of dirty dishes anyway?). On the other, there's the dishwasher that sounds like it's running forever.

Turns out dishwashers are a pretty economical way to go. According to CNET, an Energy Star certified dishwasher can use as little as three gallons of water per load, while cleaning them in the sink can use up to 27 gallons. Pay attention, though: a dishwasher built before 1994 can use more than 10 gallons per load.

Newer dishwashers have heaters built in that warm up water more efficiently than a hot water heater, which can also cut down on energy costs. And you don't need to rinse them beforehand. Scrape off the big stuff and leave the small stuff alone; no need to wash before you wash.

One last note: as with the washing machine, wait until you have a full load or all calculations are skewed. Use an extra rinse cycle if you must wait a while before you have a full load.