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Boy Scout Troop 561, based out of Elks Lodge 2092, had a notable year in 2012. The year marked the centennial year of the Eagle Scout, the highest rank achievement a Scout can earn. Nationwide, it is estimated that only 4 percent of Scouts continue through their journey to achieve the Eagle rank. With the guidance of Scoutmasters Matt Allen and Mike Morris and Eagle coordinators Tony Sieg and James Mathe, five Scouts from Troop 561 earned this rank in 2012 — Leo Paglierani, Bill Chapman, Nathan Lindgren, Michael Levay and Harry Carlsen.

Each Scout completed a final project that benefited the local community. Chapman’s project was a landscaping renovation at both Park Hall and Lexington Park elementary schools. Levay renovated the Clothes Closet at the Lexington Park United Methodist Church. Carlsen provided a new sidewalk for the food pantry at Good Samaritan Lutheran Church. Paglierani constructed an outdoor teaching platform at Evergreen Elementary School. And Lindgren established a walking/hiking trail behind The King’s Christian Academy.