Danny Mandolesi inducted as Eagle Scout

by June Portnoy

On Sunday, May 31st, Danny Mandolesi of Hulmeville, received his Eagle Scout badge during his Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony. Over 90 guests, consisting of family members, friends, fellow Scouts from Danny’s Troop 82, parents of Scouts, community members and dignitaries attended this ceremony.

Some highlights of this special event were the presentations made by such distinguished government officials as State Senator Robert “Tommy” Tomlinson, State Representative Tina Davis and State Representative Frank Farry. Also, Veterans Ed Horan and Dick Bryan from the Marine Corps League attended to present Danny with a Good Citizen Certificate.

According to Danny’s parents, the day started out very special when Congressman Michael Fitzpatrick, who was unable to attend, phoned Danny directly from Canada to personally congratulate him. In addition, Congressman Fitzpatrick sent an American flag that had flown over the Capitol to the ceremony, which was presented to Danny by Farry.

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Ryan DeKorte and Grant Thorburn earn rank of Eagle Scout

Boy Scout’s of America Troop 99 in Newtown honored its two newest Eagle Scouts at an Eagle Court of Honor on June 13th at the Newtown Presbyterian Church. The venue is especially appropriate as Ryan DeKorte and Grant Thorburn both chose to complete their Eagle Scout Leadership Service project for the church.

Ryan’s project was the organization of a storage room at the church which is used to store seasonal decorations and supplies for the Presby Players. The project, which included building shelves, took over 200 person-hours to complete.

Ryan began his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub with Pack 99 before crossing over to Troop 99, where he held several leadership positions including that of Senior Patrol Leader. He attended the National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia in 2013, a year after being one of the very first Scouts to participate in the first shakedown campout held there.

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New Eagle Scout: Van Holthenrichs

Van Holthenrichs has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Troop 280 in Holland. Van’s project was to make and install nine signs and four bat boxes in Historic Washington Crossing Park. The signs identify historic buildings and correspond to the maps used by visitors to the park.

Van recently graduated from Council Rock High School South where he was a member of the Marching Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band and National Honor Society.  Van’s parents, Mary Kopnicky and Jeff Holthenrichs, are pleased that he has earned a four-year Provost Scholarship to Penn State University, State College, PA, to study Language and Political Science.

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Edward Chiang achieves rank of Eagle Scout

Holland resident Edward Chiang has earned his Eagle Scout Award and was recently recognized in a special Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony.

Eddie, a member BSA Bucks County Council Troop 147 out of the Northampton Presbyterian Church in Holland, earned Boy Scouts’ highest honor after successfully completing his Eagle service project, an environmental restoration at the Churchville Nature Center.

The goal of Eddie’s project was to restore a wetland that has dried up. All the water from the wetland area drains into several creeks carved out by erosion. The project involved digging trenches and installing large coconut fiber tubes that would dam up a creek. Over time, nature will take over; silt will build up behind the tubes, and restore the wetland back to its previous condition. The wetland provides resources and sustenance for plants and wildlife.

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