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Highland honors eagles with hair


June 4, 2014

ELDRED, NY — Bald eagles get lots of attention locally, but it was five new Eagle Scouts’ turn on May 13, as the Town of Highland presented each of them with a certificate of recognition.

The five members of Troop 102 pictured here kneeling (two fresh from an Eldred school baseball game), include from left, Matthew Donnelly, Timothy Worzel, Julian Gottlieb, Jonathon Santoro and Jared DeLeon.

Introducing them, Supervisor Andrew Boyar said it was remarkable for the community to produce five Eagle Scouts. “We’re so proud of them.”

The scouts each described the Eagle projects they completed.

Matthew Donnelly planned and built a playground for children staying at Barryville’s New Hope Manor substance rehabilitation program.

Jonathon Santoro said he spent “a few months” in the design and construction of a new announcement sign and walkway for the Lumberland Fire Department.

Jared DeLeon fashioned PVC to create new signs for poorly marked trails and did trail maintenance at the Kadampa Meditation Center in Glen Spey. A woman representing the center said that “people aren’t getting lost anymore” since DeLeon completed the work.

Timothy Worzel designed and built a new entry sign at the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, replaced the stump perches in the bird cages and built 10 new carrying cages to replace older ones.

Julian Gottlieb worked at Highland’s Minisink Battleground Park, where he replaced rotting wooden benches with eight bluestone benches, did blacktopping work, removed a rotting message kiosk, repaired and laid stone flower beds and replanted them, and completed general landscaping work.

Also pictured, standing from the left, are Councilman Jeff Haas, Boyar, and councilmen Tim Hallock and Fred Bosch.