Welcomes New Eagle Scouts
By, Pam Teel
Five township youths have completed their requirement for Eagle Scouts. They were all examined by the Eagle Scouts Board of Review and were found worthy of the rank of Eagle Scout. The Eagle Scout Court of Honor will be held on Saturday, November 24, th at 11:00am in the lower level hall located at St. Joseph’s Church, 91 Stillhouse Road. The adult leaders of Troop 116 are very proud of the young men and their accomplishments.
The five scouts are: Cole Meier, William Jacob Rears, Joseph Anthony Rogero, Josh- ua Ian Matthew Siedman and Tommy White. Each Scout had to complete a project before they advanced.
Their projects were:
Cole Meier installed four benches for visitors to use at the Historic Thomas Baird Homestead. The benches were placed around the property for patrons to use when they come to tour the grounds. Each bench had two 4 x 4 posts that were anchored into the ground by cement and a seat platform made with six 2 x 4’s. The pressure treated lumber should allow for these benched to stay where they are for many years.
William Jacob Rears custom designed and built five six-foot picnic tables for use at the Historic Thomas Baird Homestead in Millstone. The tables were built using pressure treated lumber and galvanized deck screws and carriage bolts. The table will be used to provide guest seating and table space for the homesteads various events.
Joseph Anthony Rogero worked with a nonprofit organization called Sole Hope. Joseph created fifty shoe kits utilizing recycled plastic water containers and used jeans. Sole Hope improves the lives of communities in Uganda by providing local craftsmen with the shoe kits. The kits along with medical supplies and education- al supplies help to serve those suffering from jiggers, a common foot problem for many in that part of the world. The project also benefitted the local craftsmen who are able to make a living wage to help support their families.
Joshua Ian Matthew Siedman constructed an outdoor classroom at the Millstone Township Middle School. This space provided teachers and children an alternative space for learning. The project required that a 60’ by 50’ area be cleared of weeds, grass and brush. Joshua and his volunteers installed new mulch and compacted crushed stone. In addition to the existing four outdoor tables, Joshua provided a 5’ wheelchair accessible table for physically challenged children. He also provided 5 umbrellas to provide shade to make the space more comfortable during sunny days.
Tommy White planned and managed the reconstruction of the back deck of the United Presbyterian Church of Millstone’s Ministry center. The deck had fallen into repair and was not usable. With a generous donation of materials from Northeast- ern Building Supply, Tommy led fellow Scouts in the removal of the old deck, re- placed new decking, spindles, railings and stairs. The Ministry Center hosts church and community events and is home to the Millstone Food Pantry and Millstone Community Garden. The rebuilt deck adds just under 200 square feet of outdoor space and was a final project in the Ministry Center renovation.
Congratulations to these fine young men for their outstanding work that aids and benefits buildings in Millstone and also for their dedication to the mission of Troop 116, to deliver adventure, learning, challenge and responsibility.