Troop 1 holds outdoor Court for 8 Eagle Scouts

by Beth Melo on June 16, 2021

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Above: A large group gathered at Neary over the weekend to celebrate eight Southborough Eagle Scouts for their achievements. (contributed photo)

On Sunday, Troop 1 held an Eagle Court of Honor recognizing scouts who achieved the rank. For many, it was an overdue celebration. Since the pandemic prevented holding court for so long, this spring the Troop honored eight scouts who reached the milestone in 2019 and 2020.

Troop 1’s Scoutmaster Jim Greene passed on details and photos for me to share.

The ceremony was held at the outdoor stage on Neary School’s field with over 100 people in attendance. Father Flynn of St. Matthew’s Church gave the Invocation. Guest speakers were Southborough’s VFW Commander Steve Whynot, Selectman Marty Healey, and State Representative Carolyn Dykema.

Each scout spoke and Jim Greene gave some brief remarks at the end. (Scroll down for more pictures.)

Here is the description provided of each scout’s Eagle Service Project:

Gabrielius Lukas Bazikas
Gabi designed and installed an engraved granite bench honoring our long-term Town Moderator, Lt. Col (ret.) John Wilson at the All Wars Memorial in Southborough which also received some maintenance.

Garrett Evan Goodney
Garrett created an outdoor learning area consisting of a stage platform and benches at the Neary Elementary School in Southborough and installed two tetherball play areas.

Eric Christopher Hanson
Eric designed and built several trailhead kiosks for the Southborough Trails Committee.

Brendan Patrick Hermanspan
Brendan replaced a railroad-tie bordered garden area at St. Matthews Church in Southborough with a masonry wall and all new plantings.

Adam Rainer Ramondo
Adam refurbished the softball field at the Woodward Elementary School in Southborough including some landscaping and replacing the dugout benches.

Matthew Scott Richardson
Matthew designed, built, and placed a series of cedar benches along trails at the Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough .

Zane J Walter
Zane created a parking area with a kiosk at a trailhead adjacent to the Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough .

Andrew Alexander Zalev
Andrew designed, manufactured, and installed 13 permanent flagpoles at the All Wars Memorial in Southborough.

Below are photos contributed by Troop 1. (Click to enlarge and for details.)

The crowd just before the ceremony began Event program Flags, certificates, Eagle bolo ties, and the eagle pin to be awarded to the scouts lined up on the stage The tent contained memorabilia for each of the eagles - shadow boxes of their cub scout years and Pinewood Derby cars, patches, scrapbooks, etc. The Eagles and Color Guard about to march into the ceremony

The Color Guard to open the event The scouts reciting the Scout Oath and Scout Law Representative Dykema and Selectman Healey co-presented certificates of appreciation from the Town and State Announcement of each scout's qualifications for the Eagle rank Eagles and parents after receiving their rank and insignia

Celebratory cake The Greenes with Selectman Healey and Representative Dykema

Congrats to all of the Eagle Scouts.

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