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Troop 10 announces newest Eagles

Troop 10 of Yardley continues its long tradition of guiding local high school students to the rank of Eagle Scout.

On November 18th last, five scouts from the troop earned the rank of Eagle, Steven Kearns, Alex Monckton, Dan DePaola, John Fancher and Matt Setrick.

Steven and Alex are residents of Lower Makefield and two, Daniel DePaola and John “Jack” Fancher reside in Newtown.

Matt has moved to New York with his family. However, his Eagle project was local and Matt chose to participate in Troop 10’s Eagle ceremony.

Several political and representatives from the military community were in attendance, including State Representative Perry Warren and John Lewis, Supervisor, Lower Makefield Township.

For his Eagle project, Steven J. Kearns chose to honor local veterans.   Steven constructed a stone mailbox at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6393 in Yardley.

The mailbox was intended to inspire onlookers, honor the VFW, and replace their old, time-worn mailbox. The stone mailbox was built to look like the VFW building, which is made of Pennsylvania Fieldstone with rough mortar joints.

A memorable moment was when the new mailbox was uncovered and the mailman, without instruction, put the mail in the new rather than the old mailbox.

Alexander J. Monckton’s project supported local efforts to keep Pennsylvania’s waterways clean. He inspected No Dumping Warning Decals on 135 of the storm drains in Yardley Borough, and replaced damaged decals with new ones.

Alex and his crew also installed decals to 46 storm drains in the new Yardley Walk Development. The new storm drain decals were supplied by the Delaware River Basin Company.

The project helps educate the community about the impact of run off and is a constant reminder of the dangers of dumping anything down the storm drains, which lead directly into the Delaware River.

Danny’s Eagle Project was for the Circle of Friends Preschool. Danny worked with the school’s director, Mrs. Secchia, to design two improvement projects.

The first included building and installing six large bulletin boards to display the children’s art and schoolwork. The second was replacing a wooden walkway leading to the playground.

Jack chose his Eagle Scout Project because he wanted a project that gave back to the church that hosted Troop 10 during his years as a Boy Scout, Yardley Methodist Church.

After meeting with a church member, Jack selected a project that benefited the church’s youngest members. Jack designed and installed a fence for their playground, providing the children a safe place to play.

His project helps keep the church’s young children’s in their spiritual journey and hopes it will introduce them to scouting.

Matthew Sestrick replaced the deteriorating entrance sign at Macclesfield Park. The old sign was small and hard to view from River Road.

After many sketches, he designed the 4’x 8’ sign that stands there now. Before his project was completed, he moved to New York, which created a logistical nightmare of trying to recruit volunteers and purchase supplies.

Despite the obstacles, Matt, with the support of his family and fellow Scouts, succeeded in completing his project.

By obtaining the rank of Eagle, each of these Scouts demonstrated the perseverance and commitment to achieving a rank few attain. At the ceremony, all of the Scouts expressed gratitude and appreciation for the support of their fellow Scouts, Scoutmasters, families and the Boy Scouts of America.

PHOTO CAP: Pictured from left, Alex Monckton, Steven Kearns, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, Danni DePaola, Jack Fancher, and Matt Strick.