Bay Village Troop 41 celebrates 3 new Eagle Scouts

Bay Village Troop 41 Eagle Scouts Dennis Risch and Matthew Gantzer of Bay Village and Dennis Moore of Avon were honored in a special ceremony on Oct. 8 at Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church.

Bay Village Boy Scout Troop 41 honored three new Eagle Scouts at a Court of Honor ceremony held Oct. 8 at Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church. Troop scouts, leaders, families and friends celebrated the accomplishments of Eagle Scouts Matthew Gantzer, Dennis Moore and Dennis Risch.

Dr. Edward Horvath of VFW Post 9693 and James Potter and Commander Stan Zeager of American Legion Post 385 read proclamations to the scouts and presented American flags to their parents. Ohio Senator Gayle Manning and Representative Nathan Manning presented proclamations on behalf of the Ohio State Senate and House of Representatives, and Councilwoman Nan Baker read a commendation from the Cuyahoga County Council. Bay Village Councilman Paul Vincent and Mayor Bryan Jensen of Avon were also present to offer commendations to the new Eagle Scouts.

The path to become an Eagle Scout is long, and nationally less than 5 percent of boys who enter scouting will achieve the rank of Eagle. During their journey to become Eagle Scouts, Dennis, Matthew and Dennis completed the requirements to earn six rank advancements, at least 21 merit badges, and planned and executed a community service project. 

Matthew Gantzer recently lost his grandfather after a 15-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. In honor of his grandfather, and to help other families dealing with Alzheimer’s, Matthew focused his Eagle Scout project on providing resources to these families and their caregivers. An Amazon Wish List allowed the community to support his project by donating books, puzzles and other activities appropriate for those with Alzheimer’s disease. Scouts helped Matthew collect literature from assisted-living facilities specializing in dementia care. Matthew worked with Bay Village Woodshop volunteers to refinish a cabinet to hold his collection. The result is an Alzheimer’s Resource and Activity Center that is now installed at the Dwyer Memorial Senior Center. 

Dennis Moore enjoys working with young students at the Avon Montessori Academy. A learning garden was recently built for the school. Dennis conceived a plan to help water the garden while also providing a learning opportunity for the students. Dennis fabricated a rain-barrel collection system made up of repurposed lumber, 5-gallon buckets, PVC, and tarp material. This engineering marvel now provides relief to the plants and serves as a working example of sustainability. 

Dennis Risch grew up at Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church. The Bethesda Child Care Center has grown as well, and its students play year-round on the north patio. Dennis designed a pair of modified refuse storage units to house their outdoor play equipment. The design includes shelving and garage-type storage systems to keep the toys organized and accessible to students and staff. Dennis and his team worked to stain, assemble and modify the cedar kits which are now used every day.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:47 AM, 10.17.2017