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2017-02-08 / Local News

Boy Scouts, brothers receive Eagle Scout honor

by ANNA WALTERS
Editor


John Valvo, left, and his brother, Daniel, received their Eagle Scout awards at a ceremony held on Tuesday. John Valvo, left, and his brother, Daniel, received their Eagle Scout awards at a ceremony held on Tuesday. Family members and friends recently shared a significant event together: receiving the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program.

Two brothers were presented with their Eagle Scout award on Tuesday. John and Daniel Valvo are members of Boy Scout Troop 229, located at Thomas Edison School in Tonawanda.

The brothers have each been in Cub and Boy Scouting for a total of 12 years.

John Valvo’s Eagle project involved cleaning and restoring the main cabin at Nine Mile Island Youth Camp in Amherst.

After years of neglect, the cabin has been restored to a building that the camp can be proud of and serve the community for years to come, according to a prepared statement.

During his years in Scouting, the 19-year-old has provided leadership for his fellow Scouts in many different capacities. He has held numerous positions for his troop, including patrol leader, instructor and assistant patrol leader.

Earning a total of 22 merit badges, Valvo has participated in many campouts and High Adventure outings, including canoeing on the Clarion River, snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains and several city trips.

At Kenmore West High School, he was active in high school sports, including football, wrestling and rugby.

He also earned the Congress-Bundestag scholarship for the 2015-16 school year, which enabled him to spend a year in Germany through an international exchange program run by the U.S. State Department.

Valvo currently attends Erie Community College and is studying criminal justice.

Daniel Valvo’s Eagle project focused on his passion for caring for animals. He built a flight cage used to rehabilitate injured birds of prey, which will benefit the Wild Critters of Niagara County.

According to the statement, the cage is 16 feet by 12 feet, and 8 feet high. The cage can also be easily broken down and transported for use in the field.

During his years in Scouting, Valvo has provided leadership for his fellow Scouts. He has held numerous positions for his troop, including patrol leader, instructor and assistant patrol leader.

Earning a total of 23 merit badges, he has participated in many campouts and High Adventure outings, including canoeing on the Clarion River and several city trips. He will also be attending the 2017 Jamboree.

The 17-year-old is a senior at Kenmore West High School and is also active in football, wrestling and track. He earned the Joe Sardinia Memorial Award for dedication, motivation and teamwork.

Two brothers from Boy Scout Troop 104, which is based out of St. John the Baptist and led by Donald Hourigan, shared a similar experience on Monday.

Matthew and Ryan McDonald both received their Eagle Scout awards along with Aidan Scherer, also from Troop 104.

All three Scouts were 2016 Kenmore West graduates and have been in Scouting together since they joined Cub Pack 104 in first grade. They all joined Boy Scout Troop 104 in the spring of 2009.

For his Eagle project, Matthew McDonald led the construction of a storage shed for the Kenilworth Library. The shed will be primarily used to store landscaping and snow removal equipment.

His brother, Ryan, led the construction of six wooden collection bins for the Ken-Ton Closet. And Scherer led the construction of two raised and handicapped-accessible garden beds for residents at Park Creek Senior Living Community in Williamsville.

Matthew McDonald is a freshman at Brockport State College, studying exercise science; Ryan McDonald is a freshman at Niagara University, studying business management with plans to pursue a career in law enforcement; and Scherer will be attending the Culinary Institute of Niagara Falls in September.

The three Scouts are the 97th, 98th and 99th Eagle Scouts from Troop 104 since 1946.

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