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Troop 45 Names Five Eagle Scouts

Mineola’s Boy Scout Troop 45 will name five of its Scouts attaining the group’s highest ranking, Eagle Scout, on Friday, May 9 at the First Presybyterian Church in Mineola at 7:30 p.m.

 

Troop 45 will honor Michael Beatty, Daniel Gavin, Douglas Llanes, Dylan Perro and Christopher Strauss. 

 

Michael Beatty

Beatty has held numerous positions within the troop: Assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, troop guide. He won 45’s Klondike Derby for four consecutive years (as a younger Scout and member of leadership corps) and as a younger Scout, achieving Honor Patrol for two years. 

 

Currently, Beatty is attending Nassau Community College in hopes of becoming an NYPD officer.

 

His Eagle Scout project consisted of painting and repairing of the basement of First Presbyterian. Beatty managed to obtain supplies through donations from a local Sherwin Williams store and coordinated the efforts of many Scouts and volunteers over three days to fully paint the entire basement.

 

“Its my greatest achievement and an honor to be in such an elite group,” said Beatty. “Only 4 percent of people even reach this point so to me it’s an amazing feeling”

 

This project was special to Beatty because the basement is used by various groups in the community and is home to Troop 45. 

 

Daniel Gavin

Gavin is the second and final of the Gavin brothers to have reached the rank of Eagle Scout in Troop 45. He has served as den chief, scribe, patrol leader, instructor, and as an assistant senior patrol leader.

 

Gavin was the patrol leader of the Crusader Patrol, which won the Honor Patrol of the Year Award for 2010. He was also Scout of the Year in 2010.

 

Gavin was a member of the 2012 Philmont Crew and served as crew leader for the 2013 Northern Tier Crew. Gavin plans to pursue a degree in political science and hopes to become an attorney.

 

”It’s a sense of accomplishment in knowing that I was able to make a difference in my community,” he said.

 

For his Eagle Scout project, Gavin established a new vegetable garden on the grounds of the St. Ann’s Novitiate, the home of the Little Sisters of the Poor, in Queens Village. He supervised the demolition of a cement wall which divided the garden and oversaw the re-soiling and planting of new vegetables in the revived garden.

 

Douglas Llanes

Llanes is one of two Eagle Scouts in the Llanes family. His older brother Perry earned the rank of Eagle in 2010. While in Troop 45, Doug held many positions; patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, den chief, and troop guide. Of all these positions, Llanes’ favorite was troop guide. It was a leadership position, but not in the same sense as a patrol leader where he had to watch over everything the Scouts did, but it allowed him to teach all of them the skills he learned and how they applied to his Scouting career.

 

“Earning the rank of Eagle is one of my proudest accomplishments,” he said “I know the skills I learned, the varied experience I gained and the good friends I made in Scouting will last a lifetime.”

 

Llanes’ patrol won Honor Patrol of the Week during the 2008 summer camp. He has also been awarded the conservation award. Llanes’ favorite memory of scouting is his trip to Philmont, NM. He trekked over 130 miles and climbed 18,000 feet into the air. 

 

“Earning the rank of Eagle is one of my proudest accomplishments,” he said.  “I know the skills I learned and the good friends I made will last a lifetime.”

 

For his Eagle Project, Llanes reconstructed the lighting loft at Mineola High School. He removed unused clothing and hazardous debris, and installed racks and shelving units onto the walls.

 

Llanes chose this project because some of his favorite times in high school were spent working in the lighting loft during the drama productions. After graduating from Mineola, he plans to earn a degree that will help him pursue a career in the music industry.

 

Dylan Perro

Dylan has held numerous positions within the troop: assistant patrol leader, scribe, four-time patrol leader, troop guide, crew leader and junior assistant scoutmaster. Perro was also crew leader of nine other Scouts for the Philmont high adventure trek in 2012. Currently, Perro is attending

Nassau Community College in hopes of becoming an NYPD cop or FDNY firefighter.

 

“It is truly an honor to join the ranks of the few to make this great achievement, said Perro. “Along my journey to Eagle Scout, I have made some of my best friends and had the opportunity to experience great things, becoming an Eagle Scout has been life changing.”

 

Perro’s Eagle Project consisted of building the Memorial Garden in front of the Williston Park Fire Department, which memorializes all fallen firefighters. As an active volunteer member of the Williston Park Fire Department, Perro obtained a donation of a 6-foot tall bronze statue, known as

“Everyday a Hero,” which is the centerpiece of the garden. Bushes and plants were planted around the statue along with the brickwork. The dedication ceremony was held on Memorial Day of 2012. Perro also procured a donation of fire gear and a rack for the Williston Park Junior Firefighters.

 

Christopher Strauss

Scouting in Strauss’ family dates back 70 years with his great-grandfather, through his father, Scott. Both his father (1981) and brother Bryan (2009) are Eagle Scouts in Troop 45. Both remain assistant Scoutmasters and his mother, Pat, is troop secretary.

 

Christopher has held troop quartermaster, troop librarian, assistant patrol leader, three-year assistant senior patrol leader and junior assistant Scoutmaster. He is a former two-year lieutenant and captain of the Mineola Junior Fire Department. Strauss attends John Jay College of Criminal Justice, studying security management.

 

“Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is a lifetime milestone,” Strauss said. “I worked hard for years to get it and with the help of my family, friends and fellow scouts I accomplished my goal.  It feels great!  I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life as an Eagle Scout.”

 

For his Eagle Scout Project, Strauss led a team that built and installed more than 30 bat house (each houses 100 bats per house) throughout the Incorporated Village of Mineola to provide a safe haven for bats to live in. This in turn helps increase the bat population.

 

Bats eat hundreds of insects a night. This reduces the need for harmful pesticides and works towards reducing insect bites and the possibility of contracting West Nile virus.


News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


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Zoning Meeting

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Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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