Saturday, 22 March 2014 00:00
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.