DIX HILLS, NY – Suffolk County Legislator Susan A. Berland (D-Dix Hills) attended an Eagle Court of Honor on Sunday, July 18th to recognize five outstanding young men from Troop 309 Dix Hills who recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout. At the ceremony, she presented proclamations and 16th Legislative District pins to the newest Eagle Scouts, Jeremy Hees, Christian Morgenweck, Joseph Morgenweck, Jack Schonberg and Chris Voskinarian.
“As the mother of an Eagle Scout from Troop 309, I know all of the hard work and dedication that goes into achieving the rank of Eagle and just how special this occasion is for these young men, their families and their scout leaders” said Legislator Susan A. Berland. “They should be incredibly proud of all of the work they have done for the betterment of our community and I wish each of them all the best in their future endeavors. Congratulations! ”
“Honoring new Eagle Scouts is one of my favorite parts of being town supervisor. Jeremy, Christian, Joseph, Jack and Chris are the latest examples of young people in our community dedicating themselves to and succeeding in this accomplishment. I wish these give young men all the best and can’t wait to see all of the amazing things they do in the future,” said Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer.
Three of the Eagle Scouts completed their Eagle Projects at the ELIJA Farm in South Huntington, a non-profit organization which offers opportunities for diverse populations and integrates members into the life and community of the farm. Jeremy Hees designed and built a wooden bell tower with copper roofing in order to house a bell, Christian Morgenweck constructed a bench, platform, walkway and lattice in the garden and Joseph Morgenweck created a bluestone walkway which helps to provide a safe and stable walking ground alongside the garden.
For his Eagle Project, Jack Schonberg built twenty-five screech owl boxes for the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center in Hampton Bays.
Chris Voskinarian constructed two planter boxes and a patio area for his Eagle Project. The planter boxes will allow for the beneficiary to plant and grow more organic products for themselves and their community, while the patio area will let residents sit under the wooden pergola and look out on the scenery. In addition to this, he also planted climbing hydrangeas at the corners of the pergola so that they can grow and eventually create a natural shade under the pergola.
Image (from left to right): Suffolk County Legislator Susan A. Berland with Eagle Scouts Chris Voskinarian, Joseph Moregenweck, Christian Morgenweck, Jack Schonberg and Jeremy Hees, Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer and Deputy Supervisor Antonio A. Martinez.