Blue Mound Infinite Hello Spot Dedicated in Honor of the Late Buck Parton, Leader of Boy Scouts Pack #36

Today, we held a dedication for Macon County’s second Infinite Hello Spot located at Griswold Conservation Area in honor of the late Buck Parton, leader of Central Illinois Scouting, Greater St. Louis Area Council Pack #36 in Blue Mound.

Dr. Ellen Moma, Senior Pastor at First Christian Church of Blue Mound, spoke to Buck’s many contributions to the community and Jill Parton, Buck’s widow, shared memories of her late husband and how much the dedication would have meant to him. The dedication ceremony ended with a presentation of the American flag and remarks from pack #36.

The Infinite Hello Spot is a telephone of the wind. It’s simple concept consists of a trellis, bench and disconnected rotary phone, but has a profound impact in that it allows people who are grieving to have a place to find peace and remember their loved ones. It's therapeutic, healing and comforting. We hope the Infinite Hello Spot brings comfort and healing to all who knew Buck, and other members of the Blue Mound community who have lost someone they love.

Thank you TyKyna Cole with Cole Counseling Services for bringing this beautiful idea for healing to our community, the Decatur Park District for building the Infinite Hello Spot, and the Macon County Conservation District for installing it.

Thank you to the Boy Scouts and Jill Parton and pack #36 for collaborating with us on the project.