Newtown’s Troop 29 Elijah Brown earns rank of Eagle

Newtown Boy Scout Troop 29’s Elijah Brown recently earned the highest advancement rank in scouting – that of Eagle Scout. The son of David and Martha Brown of Trevose, Elijah completed his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project for the Middletown Grange.

Elijah and his team of Scout volunteers painted the snack bar building at the fairgrounds in Wrightstown. The project included preparing the cinderblock and wooden structure by scraping old paint and clearing away brush along the foundation before the new paint could be applied.

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Lee Kownurko achieves Eagle Scout status

Lee Kownurko of Boy Scout Troop 99 said he is “proud to join the rank of Eagle with all of his brother Scouts who have become Eagles before him.”

The Washington Crossing resident is the son of Karen Lee Kane Kownurko and the late Kirk Kownurko. A junior fire fighter with Upper Makefield Fire Company since the age of 14, it wasn’t a surprise when Lee chose them as the recipient of his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.

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Vlad Karepov earns rank of Eagle Scout

Vlad Karepov, son of Natalia Levina of Newtown, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Vlad completed his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project at Pennsbury Manor in Morrisville, where he led a team of volunteers in clearing a trail and planting trees.

His group of volunteers also designed, constructed and installed a garden bench to match those already in use at the historic property.

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Brandon Fricker earns rank of Eagle Scout

Brandon Fricker, son of Bill and Diane Fricker of New Hope, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

The Boy Scout Troop 99 Scout recently completed his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project at Tohickon Valley Park in Point Pleasant. Brandon led a group of volunteers who removed and replaced 22 campsite markers, which had fallen into disrepair with a uniform set of new ones they created.

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New Eagle Scout, Alex Perkins

Alex Perkins, son of Michelle and Scoutmaster Emeritus Michael Perkins of Newtown, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

The Troop 99 Scout performed his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project in the National Cemetery at Washington Crossing. He designed and installed a memorial to recipients of the Medal of Honor.

Alex was drawn to the project in the cemetery because of his interest in the military and because of family members who have previously and are currently serving in the armed forces.

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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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