Four members of Troop 87 in Mayfield who have recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout will be recognized at a dinner held on September 9 at Heart Lake Lodge.
Those to be honored are:
• Dylan Kovaleski, 18, of Jermyn. Dylan is the son of Michael and Stephanie Kovaleski.
Dylan is a recent graduate of Lakeland High School, Scott Township where he was a member of the track team.
Dylan is enrolled at Lackawanna College in Scranton where he plans on studying history with the ultimate goal of becoming a teacher.
Dylan is now an adult member of Boy Scout Troop 87 in Mayfield where he has the distinction of becoming the 50th Eagle Scout in the Troop’s history.
The Troop’s first Eagle Scout was Stanley Ziskowski in 1937. Stanley was killed in action while serving during World War II in 1944.
Dylan became a member of Troop 87 in 2010. He steadily worked his way through the various scout ranks reaching the goal of Eagle Scout on October 19, 2016.
In the process Dylan has served as the Chaplin’s Aide, an assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, Klondike Derby Sled Captain and Amazing Race captain at Summer Camp. Dylan is a member of Lowwapaneu Lodge 191, Order of the Arrow, a national scouting organization that recognizes scouts who best exemplify the scout oath and law in their daily lives.
For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Dylan directed the work of fellow scouts and adult helpers in refurbishing the plaque in the Jermyn Borough Building that lists the names of all of the men and women from Jermyn who served in World War II.
As an adult member of the Troop, Dylan has served as the Assistant Scoutmaster for the Troop at summer camp at the Goose Pond Scout Reservation and is a mentor for younger scouts working on their Eagle Scout Service Projects.
• Salvatore “Sal” Marino, 18, of Mayfield, the son of Sam and Jill Marino.
Sal is a recent graduate of Lakeland Jr. Sr. High School, Scott Township, where he was a member of Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), Quiz Bowl Team, Concert Band, Cross Country and Track and Field Teams. He is enrolled in the Honors College at Drexel University where he plans on studying Computer Science.
Sal became a member of Troop 87 in 2010 after working his way from Tiger to Weblo in Pack 87 and Pack 265 where he earned the Arrow of Life Award.
He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on January 18, 2017. He has served as Scribe, Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader during his time with Troop 87. He was also Klondike Derby Sled Captain multiple times. Sal is a member of Lowwapaneu Lodge, Order of the Arrow.
Sal is now an adult member of Troop 87 where he served as an adult leader for the Troop at summer camp and where he continues as a mentor for younger scouts working on their Eagle Scout projects.
For his Eagle Scout project, Sal organized and managed fellow scouts and adult helpers in reconditioning the large cross and reconditioning and repairing wooden boundary crosses at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery in Jermyn.
• Shaun Swatt, son of Brian and Christine Swatt of Mayfield.
Shaun always looked forward to the weekly scout meetings and scouting activities such as camporees, summer camp, the Klondike Derby and climbing outposts. Shaun is a Brotherhood member of Lowwapaneu Lodge and has worked as a counselor at the Goose Pond Scout Reservation on the Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience (C.O.P.E.) which consists of group initiative games, trust events and high and low ropes course, the most challenging of which is the 50 feet high climbing and rappelling tower.
Shaun’s Eagle Scout project consisted of the tear off and re-shingling of the garage roof at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Church in Jermyn, PA. Shaun is a member of the parish and has participated as an altar server for many years. The project included tearing off the old shingles, removing the rotted roof decking and rafters, replacing the rafters and installing new plywood, tarpaper, drip edge and shingles as well as cleaning up and disposing of all the waste materials. He would like to once again thank all of those helped out on this very ambitious project.
Shaun attained the rank of Eagle Scout on April 19 of this year and is currently beginning his freshman year at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and is pursuing a degree in Computer Science.
Shaun’s older brother Brian is also an Eagle Scout from Troop 87 having attained the rank in 2015.
• Kenneth B. Cotton Jr., 18, the son of Shannon Trivett and Kenneth B. Cotton Sr., Clifford Township.
Kenny scouting adventure has spanned several packs and Troops including Pack 307 at St. Rose in Carbondale, Pack 87 in Jermyn and Pack 35 in Whites Crossing where he earned the Arrow of Light Award.
As a boy scout, he spent three years with Troop 888 of Greenfield before finding his match in Troop 87. Kenny has spent the last three summers working as a counselor at the Goose Pond Scout Reservation.
In addition to earning 43 merit badges, Kenny held several leadership positions in the Troop including Chaplin, Scribe and Senior Patrol Leader. He has attended multiple voluntary training classes such as Great Expectations and Great Medicine.
At the conclusion of Great Medicine, participants are encouraged to bring what they have learned back to their home Troop and in doing so Kenny was able to earn the Sassafras Award.
Ken is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow and enjoys working as an Elongomat (Leader) during fellowship weekends. Ken is also a C.O.P.E and climbing instructor and has completed training required for certification.
Ken’s Eagle Scout project involved constructing a two story multi-curriculum display wall located inside the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County (CTC). The wall is fully functional and consists of a typical home’s heating and plumbing components including furnace, radiators, hot water heater, sinks, commode and tub.
Fixtures were installed to current building codes with common materials. PEX, copper, PVC and black iron pipe were used. The display wall was designed to be dual purpose.
Not only can it be used to introduce prospective students to the materials they can expect to learn about at CTC, but the Heating and Plumbing instructor can also use the display to illustrate construction methods to current students. The project required 2,342 man hours to complete and cost $4,437.35.
Ken was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on May 17 of this year and is currently pursuing a career in Rail Transportation.
Tickets to the dinner are still available and may be obtained by calling Scoutmaster Frank Ryczak at 570-876-0122 or 570-254-9972.