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Long Valley Girl & Boy Scout Projects

Troop 1804 Gold Award Projects:

Michelle Hennelly

Michelle’s project was to run a sport’s skills class at the Child’s Enrichment Program located at Cuccinella Elementary School in Long Valley, New Jersey for learning physically and emotionally challenged children. Every week Michelle introduced a new sport and taught the skills of how to play a sport. At the beginning of camp not very many child were enthusiastic about playing sports, but by week three, kids were doing things they have never done before. The issue her project addressed was that children with disabilities are often forgotten about in the athletic world, with the exception of the Special Olympics, and not many young disabled children are having the opportunity to go out and enjoy the love for a sport.

After teaching a sport’s skills class, Michelle felt that she met the objective of helping disabled children and their siblings reconnect to the world of sports. One boy in a wheel chair had never had the opportunity to play football, which he loved. Through the camp she gave him the opportunity to have an experience that he would have never had otherwise.

Katherine L. Perez

Katherine’s project is to locate and record the graves or markers of veteran's in the Union Cemetery in Washington Township. She led a team of volunteers into the cemetery and located and recorded all of the information on the grave stones. They were photographed and their GPS locations were recorded. Some graves were much deteriorated. They had to be researched in the cemetery office. When the field work was finished, the data was organized and given to The VFW, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Hackettstown and Washington Township Historical Society and the Cemetery Office. This project is a living legacy to our veterans.

Michelle Nicole Richar

Michelle created “Believe in Your Beauty” bags for young teenage girls with cancer. Her goal was to make these girls feel beautiful and confident since many of them do not because of their diagnosis. She contacted companies, church members, Girl Scout leaders and community members to collect make-up and beauty products. She wanted to help teenagers because she felt that many Gold Awards target young children or the elderly, so she wanted to help girls that she could relate to and that could use some comfort. The bags were delivered to Hackensack Hospital, specifically to “Tomorrow’s Children Fund”, where the children with cancer go for treatment. Michelle learned through this project that hard work pays off and she truly enjoyed helping the girls.

Julia Ann Roehrich

Julia’s project was to create a pictorial history of her historic hometown, Washington Township, Long Valley New Jersey from Old Germantown to present day. Included in this were the town mayors and officials from early days through present, buildings and people. She framed and mounted historical photographs in the building courtroom and also typed up a paragraph of information for each picture hung, telling what it was and why it was important to her town’s history. By doing this project, the pictures have gained significance in a way that is meaningful to the building and the residents. She re-created history and made something monumental for our town to be able to see and look back on for many years to come.

Paige Elizabeth Stricker

Paige’s project was titled “Recycle, Reuse, Donate”.  Paige wanted to address the fact that there are many items lying around the house that can be recycled to benefit the community, but people are unaware of where and how to donate these items.  Paige started by collecting VHS tapes and unwanted DVDs.  Most VHS tapes are ending up in landfills, but they are recyclable.  All plastics 1-7 can be recycled, but most recycling programs only collect #1 (water and soda cans) and #2 (detergent bottles).   Paige found a program in Missouri called Alternative Community Training (ACT), that recycles and refurbishes VHS tapes, and they hire disabled adults to do all the recycling.  All proceeds are used within the program to employ disabled adults in various capacities within the company.  All the unwanted DVDs were also recycled through ACT.  The reusable children’s DVDs were used to create a portable entertainment cart containing the DVDs, a portable DVD player, and arts and crafts.  The portable cart was donated to the Short Stay Unit at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. Paige updated and distributed a brochure for the Long Valley Recycling Center that helped promote two Recycling Programs, one for recycling electronics, and the other for large scale paper shredding.

Finally, Paige created a website to promote recycling both locally and globally.  As an example, it lets you know where you can donate shoes for victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

MacKenzie Villano

MacKenzie’s project entailed the creation of a database for the American Veterans Association of Washington Township, which includes basic information such as emergency contacts, personal preferences, along with details about their service time in the armed forces. This information was collected through hosting a Valentine's Day themed dinner at the Senior Center where the Veterans were able to communicate and enjoy their dinner whilst filling out the questionnaire. This questionnaire information was then compiled it into a template on the computer and stored on a USB, as well as in hard copy in a binder in the possession of the AVAWT. This project was selected in hopes to keep the Veterans better connected, whether just for social purposes between the monthly meetings, or for emergency purposes, such as to reach the Veteran or their next of kin in the case of an emergency. Additionally, this database was intended to grow with the Association, as it grows and gains more members- as well as to document and acknowledge the living legacy of the Veterans for many years to come.

Elizabeth Heidi Worth

Elizabeth’s project was to create a Kids Park for the children who attended the annual Colombia Trail Tromp for Cancer Research in honor of Bill Harrington, a local community leader. The Kids Park was a place where the parents could drop off their children while they participated in the Tromp. The older children could stop by the Kids Park for a break and then continue on with the Tromp. While the children were at the Kids Park, they would get a chance to learn about healthy lifestyle techniques while having fun. Elizabeth wanted the children to go away with important lessons about being healthy and changes in their lifestyle that would be with them all their lives. The children were split up according to age and did educational activities. Along with the educational activities, there were game stands set up for them to play in between learning. Hurricane Irene altered the plans for the Tromp this year and the event had to be held at later at the Green Market.  It was very successful and will long be remembered to the children that attended.

Archived Scout Projects with Supporting Information and Photos
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Bryan Dickenson
Eagle Scout Bryan Dickson completed the improvements to the Mill Pond Park Trail.

David Kent
Eagle Scout David Kent completed the construction of a garden at the Seeing Eye in Morristown.

Andrew Hoffman
Eagle Scout Andrew Hoffman built three concrete and steel pinic tables at Koehler's Pond.

Girl Scout Troop 1661
Girl Scouts from Troop 1661 recently completed the construction of several picnic tables for various locations about town.

Kaitie Sniffen
Girl Scout Kaitie Sniffen recently completed a Bocce Court in Rock Spring Park.

David Hudson
Eagle Scout David Huson recently completed a project to enhance a flagpole at Palmer Park

Doug Falcone
Eagle Scout Doug Falcone completed refinishing the picnic benches at Rock Spring Park. Looks great, no splinters!

Phillip Salvatore
Eagle Scout candidate, Philip Salvatore, a senior at West Morris Central High School and a group of 20 Scouts and parents recently completed the construction of a footbridge across Schooley's Mountain Brook, allowing access to Cataract Park.

Ryan Gelsinger
Ryan Gelsinger recently constructed a path around Koehler’s Pond with a project took over 86 Volunteer man-hours to complete. The path provides access to scenic locations around the pond along with a consistent walkway and improved access.

Past Eagle Projects

F. Jesse Procaccini
August 2004
Tetertown Ravine County Park

Jesse’s project was the clearing of four picnic areas (removing trees, brush, and large rocks), lining walkways with rocks, digging post holes for barbeques, cementing in barbeques, and moving picnic tables to sites. Additionally a fire station box was built for the park for the storage of fire fighting equipment and tools. This project was quite extensive and took many volunteer hours to complete

Samuel Thompson
August 2005
The House of the Good Shepherd

This residence for senior citizens on Willow Grove Road in Hackettstown, NJ was the site for Sam’s project. It involved designing and constructing wheelchair height mobile planters and flower boxes for an “enabling garden” for the nursing home residents. This project took 219 hours to complete with the assistance of over 20 people. These planters have removed all the physical barriers involved in gardening which has proven to be therapeutic and enjoyable for all the residents in this health-care facility.

Eric San George
August 2005
Washington Township Public Library

The heart of Eric’s project was the design and construction of six display boxes and two display book cases for use at the library. The existing perennial garden was re-mulched and expanded. Eric also sanded, filled and re-painted the large sign at the entrance to the library; also two existing picnic tables were sanded and stained as well.

Christopher Draghi
April 26, 2004
Washington Township Recreation Department

In early 2000s Washington Township was in the final phases of construction of a new community park, Palmer Field. Chris’s project involved the construction and installation of two directional signs for the athletic fields and a host of identification signs providing desperately needed guidance to park patrons.

Brian Fitzpatrick
March 21, 2004
Schooley’s Mountain Fire Protection Association

For some time the SMFPA has sought to paint a fireman symbol, the Maltese Cross, on the streets of the community to identify hydrant locations. Brian’s project addressed this need and provided for about 200 paintings greatly aiding fireman in emergency searches for hydrants.

Justin Hoffman
November 2003
Schooley’s Mountain Volunteer Fire Department

Justin's project consisted of constructing two new sets of turn-out gear lockers for the volunteer firefighters of the Schooley’s Mountain Fire Department. The lockers hold the fire jackets, boots, pants, and helmets of each volunteer and provide easy access to them in an emergency situation. Each set of lockers are approximately 8’x6’ and can accommodate an additional 12 firefighters. The project involved over 400 hours of planning, constructing, and finishing with the help of over 20 people.

Joel Cropley
1993
Hacklebarney State Park

Joel planned, organized, and supervised the landscaping of the entrance to Hacklebarney State Park .  The project took 280 man-hours with the assistance of 14 boys and 3 adults.  It involved clearing all the old brush away from the stone wall and monument area, planting new shrubs, and spreading wood chips.  Local nurseries donated over 100 shrubs for this project.

Ryan San George
July 2003
Washington Township Public Library

Ryan designed and completed the construction of two picnic tables with attached benches to be used by the public and staff. A perennial garden was also designed and installed on the rear slope of the library that can be seen from the children’s staff room, the staff kitchen, and the main circulation room and desk. We also sanded and re-stained the two benches at the entrance of the library

Charles Thompson
June 2003
Myhelan Cultural Arts Center

Charles’ project was designing and overseeing over 20 people as they constructed a raised beautification garden at the cultural arts center on Schooley’s Mountain Road in Long Valley . This area is utilized as a safe zone for students being picked up after classes. The construction also prevented the establishment from flooding several times each spring—an unexpected added bonus

Thomas C. Modugno
March 30, 2003
Washington Township Library

A feature of many libraries is a bicycle stand which attracts young readers. Thomas noticed that the WTL did not have any stands and he proposed correcting that. The area in front of the library was landscaped, and two wood stained bike racks were built and cemented in place. A great addition to the library!

Joseph Jerome Coyne
December 27, 2002
Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church

The cemetery at OLM had seen recent improvements in grave markers, but a great many graves were unmarked or had disappeared due to the wet and sandy soil. Joe’s project was to survey and document the entire cemetery, realign the major sectors, discover and replace the disappeared or absent small markers.

Darren Michael Zega
October 29, 2002
Crossroads (Beisler) Outdoor Ministries

The trails at the COM were in general unmarked but hugely ill-maintained. Darren’s project involved reworking the center’s navigation infrastructure: trail signage, tree blazes, and trail conditions such as obstacles, borders and erosion controls. The camping experience at the center is now vastly improved.

Marc Joseph Draghi
October 1, 2002
St. Mark’s Catholic Church

The area between the church and hall, visible from the street, was quite barren. Marc created a very pleasant and secluded section that provided quiet and meditation. Benches, many plants, a path and area of paver stone greatly beautified a rather desolate area of the church front.

Gregson E. Mathe
August 13, 2002
St. Mark’s Catholic Church

Greg’s project attacked an adjacent side of the church-hall complex. The east side of the property was wild, full of weeds, vines, ivy, rocks and small trees. Greg oversaw an effort to completely rework the landscape: soil conditions were improved, debris removed, mulch, trees, and plants put in place. The result was a transformed and beautiful border to the church hall side of the property.

Keith J. Stolte
Aprin 10, 2002
St. Mark’s Catholic Church

St. Mark’s Church had finally been built. The pastor, our Institutional Head, had several Eagle projects that desperately needed completion to transform the property from a construction site to a meditative physical environment that complemented the ministry of the church. Keith’s project created a garden in the water retention basin that involved reworking the soil and coordinating the plants with other landscape projects.

David Reilly
April, 2002
Saint Marks Church

Dave’s project involved landscaping 1400 sq feet of Saint Mark’s Church perimeter. The area was a just completed construction zone. Construction debris was cleared, plants put in and a tree was planted at the entrance of the new church addition. The project involved over 25 people and 210 hours of planning, procurement of materials, labor and maintenance

Jimmy Reade
July 11, 2001
Beisler Outdoor Ministries

All signage at the Beisler Outdoor Ministries was absent or illegible. Jimmy’s project was a massive sign campaign. Bldg names and locations, activity field signs (with directions), general signage such as “offices” and “parking” all needed to be created and installed. The result was an improved flow for all visitors and campers.

Ian Thomson
June 25, 2001
Washington Township Library

Ian’s project provided two benches in the entrance plaza of the Washington Township Library. The benches were custom made and stained to blend with the surrounding gardens. The design added to the library’s function by affording a secluded outdoor reading site as well as a site for summer outdoor programs.

Edwin Modugno, Jr.
March 10, 2001
St. James Episcopal Church

The side of St. James Episcopal Church in Hackettstown facing Moore Street was not landscaped. Eddie’s project addressed this and improved not only the church grounds but the appearance of the surrounding neighborhood. The result was a renewed interest in the church’s structure and the church’s ministry.

Carl Walter Brand
October 29, 1998
Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church

The cemetery at OLM has well over 400 gravesites. A continuing project of the pastor was to refurbish the cemetery. Carl’s project addressed the deteriorating ground of a portion of the cemetery that had been neglected. His reset markers aligned with the slope rectifying settling that had occurred over the years.

Timothy S. Doucette
February 11, 1998
Tri-County Fire Association of Mansfield

The Tri-County Fire Association had committed to a new squad house that depended on the sale of the old squad house and property. Tim’s landscaping project cleaned up and improved the overall appearance of the old property and was instrumental in effecting that sale.

Jonathan W. Greeley
January, 14 1998
Beattystown Presbyterian Church

Jon’s project was to build a handicap ramp at the Beattystown Presbyterian Church. The ramp was built to be in accord with the recent federal statute governing handicap access for all public places. Beattystown Presbyterian Church thus achieved compliance with the 1994 federal law.

Matthew T. Dellibovi
1997
Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church

Time and poor soil conditions caused gravesite markers at OLM to shift and sink below grade. Matt’s project raised, realigned and reformed the foundations on about 200 gravesites greatly improving the overall appearance of the cemetery.

Ben Abeles
1996
Schooley's Mountain Presbyterian Church

Ben’s project took place in May 1996 and involved painting Schooley's Mountain Presbyterian Church.  The Project took about 360 man hours including prep work like washing and scraping and then the actual painting

John S. Misdary
December 3, 1996
Long Valley First Aid Squad

John’s project was a landscape improvement project at the LVFAS property on Rt. 24. Railroad ties were used to define the entire perimeter and the grounds adjacent to the squad building. The area thus laid out then received a thick, much needed, layer of mulch beautifying the entire squad property.

Brian T. Wills
September 23, 1996
Senior Citizens of Washington Township

Brian set up a Vial-of-Life program for the seniors in Washington Township This involved acquisition and distribution of the vials; also numerous presentations to the community on where to place these in the home, what essential info the vials should contain, and signage in the home in cases of emergency.

Timothy M. Casey
March 14, 1996
Washington Township Recreation Department

Tim’s project involved the design, construction and installation of a community bulletin board at Rock Springs Park . He arranged its location next to the parking and concession stand by the LV Raiders football field. In that position the board could be readily used and easily seen by the entire community.

Benjamin F. Armstrong
1995
Musconetcong Valley Community Association

The day program at the MVCA featured an archery program for the children enrolled in this community organization. B.J.’s project built and put in place, several wooden archery stands, complete with hay-bale backboards, which greatly augmented the archery program.

David Abeles
1994
Long Valley First Aid Squad

Dave’s project involved the grubbing and clearing of approximately 3000 sq. ft. of property and the installation of 250 feet of wooden post & rail fence along the eastern boarder of the Squad's property in downtown Long Valley , NJ .  The donation of the fencing materials and all the work was completed in one weekend.

Michael Haynes
1994
Washington Township Land Trust

Michael’s project involved the construction of a bridge over a tributary (Electric Brook) of the Musconetcong river in the historic section of Long Valley . This 24 foot wide bridge allowed access to the newly acquired Land Trust property behind the old LaTourette grist mill.

Kevin Haynes
1993
Long Valley First Aid Squad

Kevin staged a large campaign to make and distribute personal first aid kits. Over 125 kits were made and sold; the monies generated were used to purchase stethoscopes and blood pressure cups for the Long Valley First Aid Squad.

Keith S. Appelbaum
1992
Morris County Parks Department

Keith cleaned up and assayed a large acquisition to Schooley’s Mountain Park on the north side of Camp Washington Road . He advertised and presented the new park lands to the Long Valley community in a town hall style meeting.

Jared T. White
1991
St. Mark’s Catholic Church

Jared built and installed a raised parquet platform as a temporary altar in the church hall at St. Mark’s. Services are held in the hall pending construction of the church.

James E. Moon
1990
St. Mark’s Catholic Church

James built and installed a series of “meditation” benches at the new church community of St. Mark’s. Several benches were made and disbursed in a pathway pattern on the property at the back of the new church hall structure.