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Community honors Johnsburg Eagle Scout

Ryan, a scout in North Creek Boy Scout Troop 36, decided fixing the water problem and adding some other improvements to the trail would make an ideal Eagle Scout project. One-hundred-and-fifty hours of planning and work later, Ryan and those who helped him had not only added a culvert to drain the water, but theyd added benches and solar lighting along the trail. Saturday night at a ceremony at Tannery Pond Community Center, about 100 people gathered to honor Ryan at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor. Ryan is only the fourth scout in the history of Troop 36 to earn the rank of Eagle and the first from the troop to earn scoutings highest rank since Thad Osterhout achieved the Eagle rank in 1986. I cant even believe I made it, Ryan said following the ceremony. Its been a lot of work but its been worth it. During the ceremony, Johnsburg Town Supervisor Bill Thomas praised Ryan for his accomplishment. It takes perseverance strength and ambition, a lot of ambition, to become an Eagle Scout, Thomas said. Town Board Member Sterling Goodspeed read resolution No. 55 of the Johnsburg Town Board commending Ryan for achieving the rank of Eagle. In addition, Ryan received letters and certificates from the likes of George and Laura Bush, FBI Director Robert Mueller, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton and State Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward. The troop committee presented Ryan with a commemorative Eagle wrist watch and the North Creek Volunteer Fire Department that sponsors the troop presented Ryan with a gift as well. In a particularly poignant moment during the ceremony, Scoutmaster Paul Sears read a letter from Thad Osterhout, the last Troop 36 scout to achieve the rank of Eagle. Osterhout now works for the Department of State Diplomatic Security Services. Osterhout praised Ryan for his dedication and encouraged him to continue a life of service and commitment to worthy causes. Ryan plans a career in law enforcement too, hoping to attend the New York State Police Academy and become a State Trooper. Ryan is a junior at Johnsburg Central School and is the son of Peter McNally and Tara and Paul Sears.

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