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Boy Scout’s Eagle Project Will Benefit Less Fortunate Children

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Dec 082014
 

Joe Bonsangue of Mr. Kold Kuts in Orange with Boy Scout Billy Panzella.

Joe Bonsangue of Mr. Kold Kuts in Orange with Boy Scout Billy Panzella.

You may have noticed toy collection boxes to benefit Boys & Girls Village at Mr. Kold Kuts, 529 Boston Post Road, and the Orange Ale House, 517 Boston Post Road, but don’t know the story behind them.

The collection drive is the brainchild of Billy Panzella, 15, a Boy Scout with Troop 1 out of Milford as part of his quest to become an Eagle Scout.

Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. To earn the rank a Boy Scout must, progress through all other ranks in proper order, earn 21 merit badges, serve 6 months in a troop leadership position, take part in a Scoutmaster conference, plan and develop a service project and successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.

Achieving Eagle Scout rank means the world to Billy. He said, “When someone reaches the rank of Eagle Scout it says something about them as a person. It shows what you are capable of doing, if you are determined and put your mind to something. It helps to teach you to be a responsible, productive member of the community.”

Billy explained why he chose Boys & Girls Village, Inc. as a beneficiary, “I believe BGV is a great organization that does wonderful things to help less fortunate children and families and give these kids a chance to be better and more productive citizens in their communities.”

Billy describes the project: “I decided to do this project because I wanted to do a service project for the Boys & Girls Village. I approached Joseph Tramuta, Co-Chair of their Board of Directors with this idea, and he paved the way for me to move forward. I have set up donation boxes in various locations around Milford and Orange. Once collected, my plan is to deliver the toys to BGV, and assist with wrapping and distributing the presents to the children.”

Those wishing to donate can drop off a new unwrapped toy at either Orange location until this Friday, Dec.12.

Orange Resident Part of Extraordinary Eagle Scout Ceremony

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Oct 302012
 

Troop 1 Eagle Scouts, John Lawless, Mark Bluemer, Dan Murray, Jacob Wilczek, and Christian Lofthouse.

Jacob Wilczek, of Orange recently completed all requirements to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout.

A local Boy Scout Troop had the privilege of seeing five of its senior scouts successfully complete the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout at a combined Board of Review ceremony.  Jacob Wilczek, an Orange resident, was one of the five highly motivated scouts from Milford Boy Scout Troop 1 who all achieved this rare scouting milestone simultaneously at the Connecticut Yankee Council headquarters in Milford on Oct. 24.

John Lawless, Dan Murray, Christian Lofthouse, and Mark Bluemer, residents of Milford, made up the rest of the five newly-minted Eagle Scouts.

Yankee Council officials said they were very impressed with the leadership and hard work shown by Jacob and the other four young men and could not remember the last time so many members from one scouting unit successfully completed the difficult requirements at the same time.

Troop 1 will have a combined, celebratory Eagle Scout Court of Honor in the near future, but the time, date, and location has yet to be determined.