Sunday, November 27th, 2016
SCOUT PROJECTS: ELECTRIC CHARGING STATION AND LAKE CLUB RESTORATION PROJECTS
The Morris County Board of Freeholders has honored two Eagle Scouts, from Denville and Landing, for two separate and ambitious scout projects that targeted needs of their respective communities, requiring hundreds of hours of volunteer efforts by the scouts and their project teams.
The freeholders presented certificates of achievement to Maxwell Halkenhauser of Scout Troop 118 in Denville and Ryan Mangano of Scout Troop 188 in Landing.
Halkenhauser, a senior at the Morris County Academy of Math and Science, and Mangano, a senior at Roxbury High School, were joined by their parents at the ceremony, held at the Board of Freeholders’ Nov. 21 meeting in Morristown.
The freeholders praised the two youths for completing the service projects that earned them the Eagle Scout designations, which is attained by just a few percent of Boy Scouts nationwide.
“It is a privilege to celebrate the positive achievements of these two young men, who are future leaders of our county and state and who already are making a difference in their communities and their schools,’’ said Deputy Freeholder Director Hank Lyon.
“The work they’ve done is impressive and they further exemplify the merits of the young men and women in Morris County who are involved in scouting.’’
For his Eagle Scout project, Ryan Mangano executed what he termed “The Beautification of Shore Hills Beach’’ in Roxbury.
That included tearing down and rebuilding the gate guard house and life guard stand, plus refinishing the pirate ship that is a play favorite of kids in that community.
The project was his way to “give back’’ to the beach community of his childhood.
Max Halkenhauser, meanwhile, selected his project based on what he saw as a need for greater development of sustainable energy resources in his community of Denville.
Working closely with town officials, he created and installed and electric vehicle charging station and information kiosk in downtown Denville.
In addition, he organized a public awareness campaign to call attention to the Denville station and to encourage other towns to follow his lead.
Mangano, a senior at Roxbury High School, participates in the high school marching band and the baseball team, and is an avid recreational basketball player. He plans to attend college and major in civil engineering.
Halkenhauser is on the high school wrestling and cross country teams, and participates in the Science Olympiad. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society and the Social Studies Honor Society. He plans to attend college and major in physics or mechanical engineering.