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Four Yorktown Boys Earn Scouting's Highest Rank

From left: Kevin Costello, Michael Volpe and Eric Keitz of Boy Scout Troop 165 receive certificates from Yorktown Council member Vishnu Patel.
From left: Kevin Costello, Michael Volpe and Eric Keitz of Boy Scout Troop 165 receive certificates from Yorktown Council member Vishnu Patel. Photo Credit: Contributed by Vishnu Patel
Council member Vishnu Patel presents Nelson Donohue Trusler of Troop 911 with a certificate from the Town of Yorktown.
Council member Vishnu Patel presents Nelson Donohue Trusler of Troop 911 with a certificate from the Town of Yorktown. Photo Credit: Contributed by Vishnu Patel

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Four Yorktown Boy Scouts were recognized over the weekend for achieving the organization’s highest rank – Eagle Scout.

Kevin Costello, Michael Volpe and Eric Keitz of Troop 165 and Nelson Donohue Trusler of Troop 911 were honored after completing their Eagle Scout Service Projects, which are meant to demonstrate leadership while performing a project to benefit a local community organization.

Costello's project was helped George Washington Elementary School, where he led fellow scouts and adults in the redesign and beautification of Flagpole Island. The project included clearing out of weeds and brush to create an improved walkway into the school.

Volpe's project was carried out for the SPCA in Briarcliff Manor, where he helped construct and install two fences for training and social areas for the dogs.

Keitz's project consisted of two parts. He first promoted and hosted a blood drive for the New York Blood Center at which 42 pints of blood were donated. The second benefited the Town of Yorktown, where he helped mark non-hydrant water sources to be used by mutual-aid departments during fire emergencies.

Trusler's project was performed for the Blue Mountain Sports Center in Cortlandt Manor. He helped clear and mark the Progressive Archery Trail and build a 30-foot split rail fence to keep archers from wandering off the course.

Council member Vishnu Patel attended both ceremonies to present a certificate to each Eagle Scout on behalf of the Town of Yorktown. Patel’s son was an Eagle Scout from Troop 165.

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