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Second Eagle soars from Troop 36

NORTH CREEK Troop 36 Committee Chairwoman Tara Sears likes to tell the story of the first time she met Boy Scout Brian Bukovinsky. Brian was a new Cub Scout attending his first meeting. I remember that first meeting at the firehouse when you came trucking through the door with your mother trying to catch you, Sears told Brian. And shes been trying to catch you ever since. That pursuit led Brian and his parents along with a packed house of well-wishers to Tannery Pond Community Center on Sunday where Brian was honored at an Eagle Court of Honor for earning Scoutings highest rank -- Eagle Scout. This is not an achievement to be taken lightly, said featured speaker Cliff Welz, an Eagle Scout himself having earned the honor in 1964 before serving honorably in Vietnam. It takes dedication, commitment, resolve and the unwavering support of his family. Welz said that hes observed Brian through the years and has seen many admirable traits. My personal observation of his team spirit is what I admire the most, Welz said. I watched him at West Mountain at a ski race last winter. Brian was at the starting gate cheering on skiers. He cheered each and every skier, not just his teammates but (from all the schools.) His enthusiasm and support put them at ease. Welz said that for him, earning Eagle was one of his most cherished honors. But of all the honors Ive received in my life, you asking me to speak here tonight is the highest honor Ive ever received, Welz told Brian. Brian is the second Eagle Scout from Troop 36 this year. In February, Ryan McNally was featured at an Eagle Court of Honor -- the first such event for Troop 36 in more than 20 years. Prior to Ryan, the last Eagle Scout for Troop 36 was Thad Osterhout in 1986. Troop 36 is sponsored by the North Creek Volunteer Fire Department. In addition to earning Eagle Scout, Brian is a member of the Order of the Arrow, a Scouting honor fraternity whose members are recommended by their fellow scouts, a 50-miler, and a scout lifeguard. Outside of scouting he plays saxophone, guitar, harmonica and sings. For his Eagle service project, Brian planned, organized and with the help of with some fellow volunteers, built partitions that will allow the North River Firehouse to be used as an emergency shelter. Brian is a volunteer with the fire company. Last February it got really cold and the ice brought down power lines, Brian recalled. We had to use the firehouse as an emergency shelter. The back wall had a lot of pipes and cables exposed. We built the wall to make it safer so we could use it as a shelter. During Sundays court of honor, Scoutmaster Paul Sears presented Brian with several citations from dignitaries including Pres. George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, U.S. Sen Hilary Clinton, state Sen. Betty Little, state Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward, and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller. In addition, Terry Waterston of North Creek American Legion Post 629 presented Brian with the Good Citizenship Citation. This has been a great experience, Brian said. Tara and Paul (Sears) have pushed me to succeed. My parents have really helped me a lot. Its just a great honor. Brian plans to enlist in the Navy where he hopes to train in air rescue. I want to jump out of helicopters and save people, Brian said.

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