Four Chappaqua scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout

Michael Martinez, Billy Marino, Scoutmaster Dr. William Flank, Henry Koster, Matthew Drucker
June 19, 2009
by Susie Pender

On Wednesday evening, June 10, Chappaqua Troop 1 presented four boy scouts with the Eagle Rank at the Court of Honors. According to scout master Dr. William Flank, Troop 1 last bestowed this rare honor in 1997, and before that in 1982 and 1965.

Matthew Drucker organized and carried out a Child Safety Kit project in cooperation with Westchester County Clerk’s Office and the New Castle Police Department, providing over 360.identity kits to parents at New Castle Community Day. Each kit contained a photograph, fingerprints, height, weight, description and other personal information.

Michael Martinez organized and carried out a complete survey and inventory of the historic Quaker Burial Ground at the Chappaqua Quaker Meetinghouse. Over 1000 headstone inscriptions were recorded, along with the location coordinates, and a computerized record was established for use by the Meeting and the New Castle Historical Society.

Billy Marino cleared and created a landscaped, stabilized stream bank area in Gedney Park, including rustic benches for spectators to watch the ball games in the fields across from the stream. The project involved removal of large amounts of brush and dead trees, and numerous rocks had to be relocated to improve stability and access to the cleared area.

Henry Koster established a five kilometer cross-country trail in Gedney Park for use by the Horace Greeley Cross Country team for practice runs and competitive meets. Trail widening, clearing, root and rock removal were required to create this new facility that connected pieces of earlier trails with new sections, and also provided a safer walking trail for use by the general public.

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