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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

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.

Only once a year a 25-foot movie screen sits in the middle of Wilson Park in Mineola, ready to entertain residents. This year’s Movie Night in the Park feature The LEGO Movie, sponsored by the Village of Mineola and Mineola Chamber of Commerce on Friday, July 18.

 

The event, which was free of charge to all of the moviegoers, was meant to help promote local Mineola businesses, according to president of the Mineola Chamber of Commerce Bill Greene.

 

“Small businesses are the backbone of the American industry, and we feel that this is a great way of giving back to the community with hopes that they’ll remember to shop locally,” said Greene.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


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