Photo of 57 Eagles who attended the dinner, from right are: Top/5th Row: Jonathan Noble, A. John Beach, David Peterson II, Justin Vellone, Zachary Deering, Luke Gregory, Alex Martin, Vincent Vannicola, Michael Bartkowiak, Kyle Fresne, Harley Kohl, Stephen Zuchowski, Kyle Waldeck, Ben Fuller; 4th Row: Tyler Colvin, Anthony Casarotti, Paul Gates, James Lanious, Daniel Borner, Matt Grogan, Spencer Hawes, Scott Baron, Adam Coleman, Ross Braue, Lucas Bruzgulis, Zachary Bixby, Jonathan Becker, Brandon Swart, Andrew Sparks; Middle/3rd Row: Kenneth Holmes, Joshua Coughlin, Zachary Blanks, Cody Johnson, Jacob Palmer, Matthew Silver, Gregory Malowicki, Jeffrey Pickett, Nick Scoones, Jacob Wimmer, Bret Totten, Corey Pardee, Nick Spudie; 2nd Row: Bryce Wing, Tyler Feldman, Michael Tamburrino, Anthony Pandolfo, Jonathan Franz, Anthony Cappelli, Nate Laymon, Ryan Smith; Bottom/1st Row: Kendall Kent, Christopher Morreall, Joshua Rowlands, John Obernessor, Dan Hamlin, Shane Briggs.
(Dec. 2012) The Revolutionary Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America celebrated the accomplishments of 129 Scouts, who over the past two years earned the Eagle badge, the highest rank possible in Scouting.
The ceremony was held at Harts Hill Inn in Utica Dec. 27.
Utica City Court Judge, the Honorable Ralph Eannace, thanked the Eagles on behalf of the Community for all their leadership and service, and asked them to continue to make a difference in solving problems throughout our region and in our community.
The key note speech was delivered by motivational speaker, Tim Skjellerup, who is a Marine and a Tiger Cub den leader in Sauquoit. Skjellerup encouraged the new Eagles to utilize their network, seek out mentors and, above all, to be true to their core values and their moral compass.
The Eagles received special recognition certificates from The White House, FBI, and The American Legion for completing community service projects that account for over 17,000 hours. In addition, they met with a number of business leaders to explore careers in the fields of biology/medicine, engineering, finance, nature conservancy, computer technology, and law/criminal justice.
Each Eagle spoke about their project and the organization it benefitted. Some of these significant projects completed include: repairing bridges, ramps, decks and railings at the Utica Zoo, refurbishing closets for Camp Lookout, constructing handicap accessible ramps, and building memorials for veterans.
Madison County Scouts recognized along with their project were:
Aaron Endres, Chittenango for Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum building of new picnic tables.
Adam Gates of Chittenango for CNY Chapter of the NCTA/Link Trail for linking the trail.
Andrew Sparks of Cazenovia for beautifying the Perryville Methodist Church.
Anthony Casarotti of Hamilton for installing a bench for the Chenango Canal Association.
Benjamin Gordon of Hamilton for refurbishing closets for storage at the Madison County Children’s Camp.
Benjamin Fuller of Oneida for construction of a sign for the community garden, benches and re-landscaping the church sign area at St. Paul’s Methodist Church.
Brandon Swart of Cazenovia for building a community church sign at Fenner Community Church.
Connor McDonald of Canastota for creating an enclosed are for wildlife lessons at Divine Nature at BMR Acres.
Declan Edwardsen of Chittenango for renovating the trail and building a bench for the village of Chittenango.
Derrick Pratt of Chittenango for building an outdoor reading area for the Sullivan Free Library.
Jacob Wimmer of Canastota for improving the trail and building benches and birdhouses at the Great Swamp Conservancy.
Jonathan Becker of Canastota for mapping trails for Clear Path for Veterans.
Jonathan Noble of Munnsville for rebuilding and modernizing the sign at the exit and driveway of Holy Cross Academy.
Zachry Sweet of Oneida for a message board planter at Stockbridge Methodist Church.
Kendall Kent of Cazenovia for painting and striping the parking lot at the American Legion Post.
Kyle Gates of Chittenango for clean-up of Cranson Cemetery in the town of Lincoln.
Matthew Rose of Canastota for constructing a bridge for the town of Sullivan Parks & Recreation Department.
Nathan Pittman of Cazenovia for building a sidewalk at Perryville Methodist Church.
Nicholas Genzel of Cazenovia for marking trails and building benches for Stone Quarry Hill Art Park.
Randy Bovee of Canastota for cleaning up an abandoned cemetery in the Lincoln community.
Ross Braue of Canastota for rabies vector animal enclosure at Divine Nature Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
Ryan Thorna of Oneida for living nativity stable at the United Methodist Church.
Samuel Hansen of Chittenango for repainting the hallway of the 1st Presbyterian Church.
Zachary Bixby of Canastota for cleaning and painting the church annex at Perryville Methodist Church.