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Sullivan earns Eagle award for shelter project

FLY LIKE AN EAGLE — Brandon Sullivan (front row center) received his Eagle Scout award on Feb. 16. He is a member of Troop 524. From left, front: Dennis, Brandon and Cindy Sullivan. Back Row: Jeff Maybray, Mike Fullington, Bob Smith and leaders Joe Wolniewicz and Bob Yaeger.

SPRINGVILLE — On Feb. 16, an Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony was held in honor of Brandon Sullivan, son of Dennis and Cindy Sullivan. Friends, family and guests, along with leaders and Boy Scouts of Troop 524, gathered at the Springville First United Methodist Church.

Jeff Maybray, scoutmaster of Troop 524, gave an introduction and welcome. Luke Skura, youth director of the Springville First United Methodist Church, provided the invocation and benediction. Greg Keyser, advancement chairman of Troop 524, served as the master of ceremonies. Larry Padasak, Eagle Scout, did the Scout Law Candle Ceremony with Adam, Alex and Ben Fisher lighting the candles. James Heinrich, Red Jacket Religious Emblem District Coordinator, was a guest speaker and talked about the scouting program. Tony Annunziato, executive director of Suburban Adult Services Inc., also served as a guest speaker and talked about the eagle project Brandon Sullivan coordinated at the High Hurdles Therapeutic Riding Program in Sardinia, which was to build a 24-foot-by-40-foot-by-8-foot shelter for the horses at that facility. He presented Sullivan with an award, in appreciation “for all of his effort and hard work, to make the project a reality.”

Bob Yaeger, assistant scoutmaster of Troop 524, spoke about the significance of the Eagle badge. Joe Wolniewicz, Eagle advancement chair of Troop 524, performed the Eagle Charge and Pledge and presented Sullivan with his Eagle Scout Award.

Sullivan gave a mentor pin to his father and thanked his mother with a bouquet of flowers. John Mills, chairman of the Legislature of Erie County District 11, delivered a proclamation for Sullivan that was signed by the Legislature. Jim Golabek and Tom Hawkins, chartered organization representatives from the American Legion Post 431, and Springville Mayor William Krebs each were present to give Sullivan letters of commendations for his accomplishment.

GIMME SHELTER — The horses at the High Hurdles Therapeutic Riding Program now have a new shelter, thaks to Brandon Sullivan’s Eagle Scout project.

After the ceremony, guests had dinner in the Family Life Center of the church.

The event was a culmination of 10 years of work toward his rank of Eagle Scout. In order to be eligible for this rank, Sullivan held various troop positions, including senior patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and quartermaster; earned 13 required merit badges and 12 elective merit badges.

He also acquired many skills such as first aid, life saving, citizenship and emergency preparedness.

A Scout must complete a board of review, plus obtain recommendations from his peers and live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. He must also plan, develop and give leadership in a pre-approved project, supporting his community.

The shelter Sullivan built for High Hurdles took close to a year to plan, prepare and fund. More than 70 volunteers who included friends, family and Scouts from Troop 524, came to provide help with the four-day building of the shelter.


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