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Long Island Scouts Honor Arthur R. Eldred

Scouts Parade Through RVC On Eagle Scout Centennial

On Saturday, Sept. 8, more than 2,000 Boy Scout troops from across Long Island, and even some from New Jersey, came to Rockville Centre for the 100th anniversary of the first-ever Eagle Scout, Arthur R. Eldred. The Scouts celebrated the stages of scouting that young men go through before choosing to earn their Eagle Scout rank.

Boy Scouts from Cubs through Eagles assembled in a nearby parking lot waiting for the parade to begin. The parade, sponsored by the Arthur R. Eldred chapter, brought excitement to the streets of Rockville Center.

The Boy Scouts became restless as the parade was getting closer to its start. The sounds of the bagpipes and drums began, as they led the troops out onto the streets of Rockville Centre. From the streets, spectators watched the parade formations and dozens of troop flags lining the streets of the village.

The troops and their leaders marched proudly through the streets. As the parade reached the reviewing stand, each troop number and where they were from was announced.

As all the troops arrived on North Centre Avenue, they lined up, waiting for a brief ceremony honoring Eldred. The presentation of the Colors, the Scout law, as well as an invocation were all part of the ceremony.

County Executive Ed Mangano officially declared Sept. 8 to be Eagle Scout Day in Nassau County. Other speakers took to the podium, including the Bishop of Rockville Center, RVC Mayor Francis Murray, Senator Dean Skelos, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, and the fire and police commissioners of Rockville Centre.

The ceremony concluded with the Eagle Scouts reaffirming the Eagle Oath, and a wreath placement at Alfred R. Eldred Park.

Saturday, Sept. 8 was a chance for Scouts to not only celebrate their commitment to Boy Scouting, but to celebrate the honor of Eldred who was the first Scout to set the bar, and set the true standards for Scouting. Earning Eagle Scout rank is the ultimate level in Boy Scouts. 

Eldred originally joined Troop 1, which is now Troop 40 in Rockville Centre. In 1912, two years after the Boy Scouts of America was founded, he was the first man to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Eldred’s family was in attendance, including his son, two grandsons, and one great-grandson, who have all become Eagle Scouts.

For many boys, the Eagle Scout rank is rarely reached. But for the special few, it is a stage that is reached with a lot of dedication and honor.

Dominic Grasso, of Farmingdale, who earned the Eagle Scout rank over eight years ago, told Anton Newspapers, “Being an Eagle Scout gave me leadership skills that helped me multiple times in my current teaching career; for many other men, many honorable qualities come out of being an Eagle Scout.”

This was the first time the Boy Scouts held the grand troop parade, celebrating not only the centennial of Eagle Scouting, but celebrating its organization, The Boy Scouts of America, and the true accomplishments they have achieved.

News

U.S. Air Force Veteran Mario Dell’aera, 80, of Levittown said he first volunteered for service in 1952, during the Korean War.

 

“They called volunteers ‘regulars,’” he said, reflecting back to when he first enlisted.

 

From 1952-1956, Dell’era called the Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nev. home. The base, he said, operated 24 hours, 7 days a week, training pilots to fly overseas into Korea.

Something about the warmth and sunshine of summer makes it the perfect season for lounging around. 

 

On July 26, the Levittown Community Council hosted its 17th annual Lazy Days of Summer Picnic at the East Village Green Park for families to take advantage of this season of relaxation and laidback fun free of charge.  

 

The DJ played Latin songs as children shook neon colored macarenas and followed the dance moves of a Zumba instructor. Other children enjoyed pony rides, shooting hoops, playing Can Jam and

Tug-of-War, petting farm animals, jumping in a bouncy castle, and fishing for plastic fish in a kiddie pool. 


Sports

Those looking to take swimming lessons and exercise classes at a nearby aquatic center can register for the fall 2014 session at Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow.  

 

On Friday, Aug. 1 is the last chance for open registration. It begins at 8 a.m. for any remaining spots.  The availability of remaining classes will be made public the day before at 5 p.m.

 

On Monday, September 8 the first day of classes for the fall session begin.

 

Swim lessons will be offered for all levels: 

Eric Haslbauer of Levittown scored fourth overall in the 11th annual Heart & Sole 5 Kilometer Run held on the streets of Plainview on July 20. 

Haslbauer, 21, who has done  most of his running lately for Molloy College, crossed the finish line in 17 minutes, 53 seconds, earning him the second place award in the highly competitive 20-24 age group.

 

A near record field of 531 runners and walkers completed the run, only ten less than the record set last year. The Heart & Sole has clearly become an important summer road race in Nassau County.  The

Run benefits programs at Plainview and Syosset Hospitals.  Race management was handled by the Greater Long Island Running Club. 


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Erik's Reptile Edventures - July 30

Rich Vos At Governor's - August 1

Worship Without Walls - August 2 


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