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Boy Scout’s guidepost project is vandalized in Gloucester’s Dogtown area

Alan Davis spent nearly six months designing and installing the 19 guideposts spread throughout the Dogtown trails in Gloucester. When he went to check on the posts after a March storm, he found many of them hacked to bits, burned, or completely gone, he said.

The 17-year-old Gloucester resident earned his Eagle Scout honors on Sunday, thanks in part to the guidepost project that now lies in shambles. In addition to directing hikers along trails, the posts had digital QR codes that visitors could scan with their smartphones to view historical blurbs about Dogtown that Davis and his schoolmates had spent months researching.

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