Marlboro Troop 72 Celebrates Three Eagle Scouts

MARLBORO – Marlboro Boy Scout Troop 72 recently celebrated the achievements of Avery Albright, Eric Borchert and Max Borchert, who each earned scouting’s highest honor: the Eagle Scout Badge.

The new Eagle Scouts were joined at the March 4 Court of Honor by Mike Anagnostakis, senior advisor to New York State Senator James Skoufis; New York State Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson; Marlboro Town Supervisor Al Lanzetta; Alan Greczynski, of the Esopus American Legion post; and Paul van der Kruik, district executive of the Boy Scouts of America’s Leatherstocking Council.

The three new Eagle Scouts completed service projects in three different municipalities, utilizing a combined total of 709 volunteer hours.

Albright’s project involved repainting 200 linear feet of wrought iron fence and refurbishing a corner-lot sign at Union Church on 44 Balmville Road in the Town of Newburgh. Union Church resides in a historic section of Balmville and painting the fence restored some of the historic luster to the property, while the new sign brings added awareness of the church to passersby. His project required a total of 414 hours, involving 24 volunteers (including 14 scouts).

Eric Borchert enhanced and updated the interior of the parish hall at Christ Episcopal Church on Old Post Road in the Town of Marlborough. In addition to being used by the church, the parish hall is a popular gathering spot that attracts many organizations from within the town and surrounding community. The hall was in need of spackling, sanding, painting and cleaning. The sheet rock on the walls had to be replaced in the entryway, hall and kitchen. His project required a total of 115 volunteer hours.

Max Borchert built and installed 24 informational nature markers around the pond at Cluett Schantz Park on Route 9W in the Town of Milton. The signs provide brief descriptions of trees and wildlife that are found in the park’s ecosystem. The purpose of the signs is to help visitors learn more about the park’s environment and the wildlife that it hosts. The signs are made from South American hardwoods so they will be weather resistant. His project required a total of 180 hours, involving 20 volunteers (including 12 scouts).

As scouts, all three boys completed their Ordeal for membership in the Order of the Arrow, and they held various leadership positions within the Troop. They combined to earn 95 merit badges and six palms.

Albright and the two Borcherts bring the small troop’s Eagle Scout total to nine over the past two years.

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