Scout achieves Eagle award with church project
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Eagle Scout Timothy D. Miller and Father Francis Baransky stand near Tim's Eagle Scout Service Project, which involved removing overgrown bushes and shrubs along St. Joseph Church, installing a stone border, leveling the area, and planting about 550 tulips.
Timothy D. Miller of Jim Thorpe was honored recently for earning his Eagle Scout badge, the highest rank in Scouting.
Miller joined Boy Scout Troop 555 in May of 2005 and on November of 2011, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
The occasion was recognized on May 8 with an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at the Penn Forest Fire Company in Jim Thorpe.
The rank of Eagle Scout is reached by only two out of every 100 boys in Scouting, and at least one of them will tell you that he values his Eagle Scout badge above a college degree.
In order to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, a scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and hold positions of leadership and or responsibility.
They must complete an Eagle Scout Service Project, which requires a minimum of 100 man hours and include planning, fundraising, obtaining the material, and organizing and supervising others.
Miller earned 36 merit badges in all, including the 12 Eagle level badges required.
He held several positions of responsibility, including, Librarian, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader.
For his Eagle Scout Service Project, he performed a Beautification Project at St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe.
He removed overgrown bushes and shrubs in seven sections along the side of the church, installed a stone border set in concrete, and leveled the area to make a prayer garden.
He then planted approximately 550 tulips and spread mulch in the area.
The project was finished off by spreading decorative Delaware River Stone in front of the stone wall.
Tim completed the project with the assistance of several other scouts, leaders, and parents and with technical advice from Jeffery Day of Days Landscaping and Storage in Jim Thorpe.
Guest speakers included Rev. Francis J. Baransky, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Jim Thorpe; Harold Litts from Elks Lodge 319 in Stroudsburg, who donated the Eagle Scout Pins; Janine Partenio from State Representative Doyle Heffley's office, who presented a Certificate of Recognition; Carbon County Commissioners Wayne Nothstein and Tom Gerhard, who presented a proclamation from Carbon County; and Doug Klemm, representing the BSA Minsi Trails Council.
Also making a presentation was Nick Hawkey, representing the Carbon-Mountaineers Marine Corps League 996, who presented a Good Citizenship Award.
Gail Maholick of the Beltzville Lions Club also presented a Community Service Award to recognize Miller for his leadership skills and service to the community.
Tim is the son of Judy and Dave Miller of Jim Thorpe and is a senior at Marian Catholic High School.
In the fall he plans to study Electrical Engineering Robotics at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.