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Local Scout Gives Museum A Face-Lift

Vincent Lant pursued the community service facet of attaining Eagle Scout rank in his own hometown of Hicksville by helping restore the Hicksville Gregory Museum.

Under Lant’s leadership, scouts from Troop 382 removed two old park benches that were in deplorable condition, excavated the surrounding ground, installed pavers and built two new mahogany benches using stainless steel screws that gave this landmark site a fresh look. His project also entailed fabricating a new frame for the sign insert advertising the museum’s name. Adding surrounding plants gave the sign the new appeal it needed. In addition, 500 pounds of red landscaping rocks were installed in order to have proper drainage around the north side of the museum.

To fund the project, Lank held a fundraising breakfast at Applebee’s and also received donations from local businesses.

Lank project inspired other senior scouts from his troop to also make the museum their Eagle community project. As a result, Hicksville’s historic site is now seeing much needed restoration, and Lank feels a sense of pride every time he passes the museum.

Presently, Lant is a sophomore at St. Dominic’s High School. He is also a lector and religious education teacher at Our Lady of Mercy in Hicksville.

News

Bullying is a serious problem in today’s society and the controversial topic was the focus at last Saturday’s  'Bully-Proof Your Child Seminar’ at East Coast MMA & Fitness Center in Hicksville. State Senator Jack Martins and Legislator Rose Marie Walker attended the program which ran in the newly renovated center on Woodbury Road.

“Bullying is a real issue in our communities and I want to thank East Coast Mixed Martial Arts & Fitness for agreeing to host this forum,” said Martins. “Teaching our kids self defense to protect themselves or to protect those around them is a great thing. We need to take every opportunity to teach our kids important life lessons.”

Old classmates reignited friendships and shared memories of their teenage years as the Hicksville High School Class of 1964 came together recently to celebrate their 50th reunion at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.

Among the attendees was Bob Cheeseman who met his wife, Lorraine (Kirwan) in middle school. They were serious throughout high school and married soon after. Bob said, “I enlisted in high school and went into the Air Force. I did 30 years active Air Force and another 15 after that. I retired in 2010 as a Brigadier General. After I retired, my wife received a certificate from the Governor of Texas and was designated a Yellow Rose of Texas.”


Sports

The Hicksville boys volleyball team improved to 3-3 on the season by topping Sewanhaka in three sets by the scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-13.

“We lost the first few matches this year but bounced back to win the last three,” said Hicksville’s second year Head Coach Kevin Bunting. “We have a young team — we lost three starters last year. We have no seniors on this team, but we have three juniors,” he added. Bunting noted that it will bode well for next year’s team when they have even more experience to build on.

It seemed to happen in an instant.

Hicksville forward Michael Osmundsen was touching the ball past Kellenburg goalkeeper Jack Abuin to slot the ball into an empty net to score the lone goal in the non-league 1-0 victory over the Firebirds.

It’s nothing short of what Comets boys soccer head coach Scott Starkey would expect. He described his forward as “very explosive, fast and he’s not just fast — he’s tenacious.”


Calendar

Community Council Meeting

October 2

Indoor Garage Sale

October 5

Movie: God’s Not Dead

October 5



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