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.