Twin Eagles in Newtown

Newtown Boy Scout Troop 29’s Paul and Tommy Horgan recently earned the highest rank in scouting – that of Eagle Scout. Both brothers returned to St. Andrew School which they had attended as youths to complete their Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects. The brothers are the sons of Paul and Anne Marie Horgan of Hopewell, NJ.

Paul wanted to give something back, particular to Mr. Matteo who was a favorite teacher during the time he attended. He led a group of volunteers in creating four raised garden beds, stones paths between them and installing a water catcher. The result is an enhanced space in which students can learn about botany in Mr. Matteo’s Garden Club.

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Troop 29 honors Dave Clark

Newtown’s Boy Scout Troop 29 recently honored Dave Clark for 20 years of leadership as their troop’s scoutmaster at their annual picnic. Over 150 Troop 29 scouts and their families attended the event at Core Creek Park.

A number of the troop’s alumni scouts traveled from as far as Denver to surprise their beloved scoutmaster. Dave is unique among scoutmasters in that he has stayed with the troop long after his own son Jon earned the rank of Eagle in 2001.

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Francis Walter III attains rank of Eagle Scout

Francis Anthony Walter III is Boy Scout Troop 82’s newest Eagle Scout. His Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project took place at Middletown Township Veterans Memorial Park.

He and his volunteers created a 100-foot walking path and scenic respite area with the addition of benches and birdhouses adjacent to the park on Veterans Highway in Levittown. Along his trail to Eagle Francis has served the troop, which is chartered by Our Lady of Grace Parish, as Den Chief, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide and Senior Patrol Leader.

He has been active with his troop participating in weekend campouts, annual summer camp and completing a 50-mile backpack and kayaking experience.

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Evan Kownurko is new Eagle Scout

Evan Charles Kownurko of Newtown’s Boy Scout Troop 99 recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Thompson Memorial Presbyterian Church was the beneficiary of the Washington Crossing resident’s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.

Evan led a group of volunteers in the restoration of the maintenance garage located at the church’s graveyard. He chose the project as a way to give back to his church family and because his own late father is buried there.

Prior to the project, the garage was in a state of disrepair and was covered in moss. He and his team cleaned up the grounds around the garage, replaced rotted wood with cinder blocks to match the rest of the exterior.

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Drew Luniewski is new Eagle Scout

Boy Scout Troop 29’s Drew R. Luniewski recently earned the highest rank in scouting – that of Eagle Scout. Drew chose to give back to the Neshaminy High School Marching Band and their director Michael Lipton for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.

Drew led a team of volunteers to complete an observation deck to replace the current wooden one which has become unsafe for use by the director and band members. He raised funds for the project by holding a carwash and online fundraising page. 84 Lumber in Fairless Hills made a generous donation of composite material which helped make the project a reality.

Along his trail to Eagle, Drew served his troop in the roles of Assistant Patrol Leader and Patrol Leader. He is an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow Ajapeu Lodge.

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Kyle Jaggard is new Eagle Scout

Kyle Jaggard of Newtown’s Troop 99 recently earned the highest rank in Scouting, that of Eagle Scout. Kyle chose the American Legion Morell Smith Post #440 as the beneficiary of his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.

He led a group of volunteers in the project which included refinishing the 2500-square-feet of 50-year-old wooden flooring at hall.

“The troop uses the Legion Hall as a meeting place and has for years, so it was a good way to give back by helping with the upkeep of the property” explained Kyle when asked why he chose this project.

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John Bilcik is new Eagle Scout

John V. Bilcik, of Boy Scout Troop #29 in Newtown, was recently recognized at a Court of Honor ceremony held at Langhorne Presbyterian Church for earning the rank of Eagle Scout.

As part of the requirements for earning the highest rank in Boy Scouts, he completed an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project at Core Creek Park. John always knew he wanted to give back to the park he grew up in and had many fond memories there with friends and Scouts.

With the help of his troop, family and friends, John constructed and installed two park directories at the entrances to Core Creek Park.

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Justin Ross achieves rank of Eagle Scout

Justin Ross, of Boy Scout Troop 607 in Morrisville, has recently earned the highest rank in scouting, that of Eagle Scout. He completed a clothing drive for people living in Ukraine as his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, after hearing of a family friend’s efforts to send warm clothing back to her hometown there.

Learning that many people living there did not have enough warm clothing to see them through the winter inspired Justin to find a way to help. He created flyers, and with the help of his fellow Scouts, left them in the mailboxes in several communities.

Justin and his team of volunteers collected, sorted and packaged 400 pounds of warm clothing. He arranged for shipment by a Ukrainian company in order to get the packages delivered as quickly as possible.

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Andrew Cabo attains Eagle Scout ranking

Troop 99’s Andrew Joseph Cabo recently earned the highest rank in Boy Scouts, that of Eagle Scout.

Andrew chose to complete his Eagle Scout Leadership Service project for the Newtown Township Parks and Recreation Department after learning their Chandler Park Little League Fields needed a flagpole. He and his team of volunteers installed a 35-foot-tall flagpole at the fields on Sycamore Street.

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Roger Yu attains rank of Eagle Scout

Roger Yu is Newtown Troop 99’s newest Eagle Scout. The son of Yizhong Yu and Ping Zhou of Newtown, Roger completed an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project entitled “Bucks County Veterans and Their Stories.”

As part of his project, Roger worked with a team of fellow Scouts to record the experiences of local veterans in peacetime and in war. The final work is on display at the library at Council Rock High School North. He was drawn to the project because he wanted to preserve history in a unique way.

Roger found the project appealing because it offered him a chance to talk with these veterans and work with video editing technology. Roger has served in several leadership positions with Troop 99 including Patrol Leader, Scribe, Librarian and Troop Guide. He is also a Brotherhood member of Order of the Arrow Ajapeu Lodge #2 and serves as his troop’s OA representative.

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