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Scouts build ceremony site for town

CHESTERTOWN In the past three years, the towns of Chester and Horicon and the entire northern Warren County area have been the repeated recipients of service works performed by the North Warren Boy Scouts. In that time span, five young men have each earned the rank of Eagle Scout based on their service projects. This honor is the highest level a Scout can receive, and it is considered rare in a small community for five young men to achieve it so closely together. Dickie and Bobby Hanaburgh chose to enhance Dynamite Hill Recreation Center in Chestertown. Dickie, who is currently a Biology and Pre-Pharmacy student at DYouville College, blazed a trail for the project in Summer 2005. He constructed a stone outdoor fire ring with eight accompanying benches, next to the recreation areas covered pavilion. The project took three months to complete. He spoke of his project recently. There was no really good spot in town for a campfire before, he said. And now thats been changed. The wood for the benches was provided by Dickies grandfather Richard Hanaburgh, who sawed it from his own mill. Dickie said the community donated many components and he stated his appreciation to Duke Construction, Jim McCluskey, James Kearney, Dick Hanaburgh, Stephenson Lumber, Jim McDermott, and of course, his grandfather. In front of the fire pit is a stone marker, noting the ceremonial site is dedicated to longtime North Warren Scout Master James Barlow for his community service and dedication to the youth of North Warren. North Warren Central School Senior Bobby Hanaburgh decided to highlight the area his brother had created, and credits Dickie as being his mentor for his commitment to Boy Scouts. My Dad gave me an interest, and had been Scout Master, and my brother kept me in it, he said. Bobs project was to erect a flag display behind the fire pit and benches. There are three flagpoles with stonework at the base of each. Bob said he thought about the project for a few years, and began it last summer, finishing in September 2007. The scouts expressed gratitude to TC Murphy Lumber Co. electrician Al Conlon and Chester Parks and Recreation Superintendent John West for expertise and or donations. Bobby is a 2008 North Warren graduate. Dickie and Bobby are the sons of Theresa and Dick Hanaburgh of Brant Lake. Thomas rehabilitates church schools entryways North Warren Senior Nathaniel Thomas of Chestertown took on a project for the United Methodist Church of Chestertown. Their Sunday School building across from the church had stairways which had fallen into disrepair. Thomas began his project in Spring 2007 and completed it last July. His goal was to replace the broken cement steps with pressure treated wooden steps, rails and a landing, for all of the buildings three entry ways. Thomas credits Jim McCluskey, TC Murphy Lumber Co., and Stephenson Lumber Company for donations. He stated that the Hanaburghs were the ones who led him to his enthusiasm for scouting. He is the son of Alisa Thomas of Chestertown. Smith builds beach pavilion NWCS Senior Zachary Smith erected a 12-foot by 16-foot pavilion on Gambles Beach in Pottersville. Smith had heard the site had been acquired by the Town of Chester through a will, but a provision was that the Town had to have a plan for the area. With the help of a family friend, Wayne Webster, Smith wrote up a proposal and presented to town leaders in late 2005. After obtaining approval, he constructed the strong wooden structure by August 2006 that now graces the beach. The Town assisted with the cost of materials, and the scout troop helped Smith build the pavilion. Since that time, picnic tables have been added, as well as barbeque stands. Smith stated that his grandpa, James Barlow, long time Scoutmaster, was his inspiration for becoming a Scout. He is the son of Kathy Lee Barlow Smith of Chestertown and H. William Smith formerly of Brant Lake. McKenzie renovates American Legion rooms NWCS Junior Kyle McKenzie earned his Eagle Scout award based on the renovation of the lobby of the American Legion Post No. 964 in Chestertown, as well as establishing a museum in its anteroom. McKenzie built an 8-foot by 9-foot entrance lobby, he painted the rooms, installed wooden flooring donated by Living Floors, and Jim McCluskey created a deacons bench and a wooden shelf to display a wooden battle ship carved by an American Legion member. McKenzie turned the back room into a museum to house the medals, memorabilia, and also sketches that noted area artist Forrest Jones brought back from Normandy in World War II. He credits his grandparents Jerry and Patti Palmatier for being instrumental in establishing his love of scouting, and McKenzies guardians, JoAnne Paulson and Roger Gibbs of Chestertown have encouraged him in his scouting career. Bobby Hanaburgh, Smith and Thomas had their Eagle Scout ceremony in January, 2008. Presided over by Joe Klewicki, and Scout Master John Belline, the boys were attended in their Court of Honor by McKenzie, Dickie Hanaburgh, and other Scouts. Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe attended, as did many friends and family members. McKenzie had his Court of Honor June 7 so his grandparents could attend. Again, Klewicki emceed, and American Legion representative Joe Slattery gave McKenzie a citation recognizing his efforts. State legislator Lester Goodermote presented a citation, and a note was read from state Assemblywoman Theresa Sayward. Thomas made a video montage that McKenzie appreciated. Dickie was awarded Eagle Scout status during his ceremonial Court of Honor event in 2005.

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