Aspiring Eagle Scout completes project for grandfather and friends at Vineyard Place in Murrieta

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Terry Brickel, left, and her son Jake Otjen, who recently completed his Eagle Project by building raised garden beds for Vineyard Place, a memory care facility in Murrieta, pose for a photo with his grandfather Mike “Lonnie” Kienitz, who lives in the care home. Valley News/Courtesy photo
MURRIETA – When a Murrieta Boy Scout was thinking about what to do for his Eagle Scout project, he said he found a good idea where his grandfather lives. Jake Otjen of Murrieta recently constructed four raised garden beds for his grandfather and the other residents of Vineyard Place, a memory care community. “Jake has given the residents a true gift, especially in this time of pandemic when outdoor activities are even more important,” Chris Balmes, life engagement director for Vineyard Place, said. “Many of our residents used to garden earlier in their lives and the raised beds allow them to continue this pursuit they love so much.” Vineyard Place is located at 24325 Washington Ave. in Murrieta
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