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Eagle Scout cuts ribbon on new beach pavilion

Matthew Cook cuts the ribbon to the new Pavilion at the Black Point Beach June 7.

Matthew Cook cuts the ribbon to the new Pavilion at the Black Point Beach June 7.

— On Saturday Morning June 7, Joanne Cook woke up to a perfectly sunny and calm spring day, thinking she couldn’t have ordered better weather. Today would be the ribbon cutting ceremony at the new pavilion at Ti Beach.

The pavilion is the Eagle Scout project of now 18 year-old Matthew Cook who has been a member of Ticonderoga Boy Scout Troop 72 since the age of six. He is the son of Jeff and Joanne Cook.

Bill Grinnell, Ticonderoga Supervisor, noted that the town beach, located in the town of Putnam, is testament to neighbors working together for the benefit of the greater community.

Grinnell acknowledged the Cook Family’s long history of volunteerism and community service, so it is no surprise that Matthew had accomplished this for the local community. Bill read the first proclamation he had the privilege of writing as supervisor, where Matt’s accomplishments were acknowledged and June 7, 2014, was declared to be Matthew Edward Cook day in Ticonderoga.

“Today I’m a very happy woman,” said Joyce Cooper, chair of the beach sub-committee. “I’m happy because Matthew Cook was willing to take on the huge Eagle Scout project of building a pavilion for Black Point Beach, the most extensive (and expensive) Eagle Scout project I have seen since I returned to Ticonderoga. For me, this project is the final piece of the Black Point Beach improvement project which began 12 years ago. Of all the town projects in which I have been involved, this is the one I am most proud of. It has been said it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it takes a town and its volunteers to improve a beach.”

According to Cooper, the pavilion will provide a gathering spot for groups and a place to get out of the sun and weather for beach visitors.

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