Send your news to email@example.com.Compiled by Amanda PhippsLocal Eagle Scouts will be honored, thanks to the Mint Hill Historical Society.The society honored Boy Scouts on Sept. 28 who participated in projects to improve the Carl J. McEwen Historic Village.The society began the project last year, honoring a group of Eagle Scouts whose projects were at the village, said the society’s executive director, Becky Griffin.“Without the Eagle Scouts’ projects, we would have a huge loss and many vacant spots,” Griffin said.The society is recognizing 23 years of Eagle Scouts projects. The Scouts were presented engraved rocks, which they placed at the base of the Village’s Eagle Pole.Scout Clayton Johnston, 18, completed his installation of handicap-accessable brick-line walkways in the village in January 2012. Jonston is with Troop 65 at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church.The ceremony “felt pretty special,” Johnston said.The village’s longest-standing project, a handicap ramp on the doctor’s building, was built in 2002.Tanner Huntley, 18, of Troop 144 at Blair Road United Methodist completed the newest project earlier this year: a bandstand behind the schoolhouse.Other Eagle Scout projects include:• 1990 – Todd Donaldson, pumphouse;• 2002 – Les Gulledge, doctor’s ramp;• 2007 – Allen Palmer, brick patio and walk;• 2008 – Brian Palmer, administration ramp;2008 – Ranson Lee, blacksmith shop;• 2010 – Sean Fox, gold panning shelter;• 2011 – Jackson Gross,service station;• 2011 – Clayton Johnston, brick-lined pathway;• 2013 – Stephen Thomas, nature path arbor;• 2013 – Tanner Huntley, brick bandstand.Global learning teamMegan Bushey, a Charlotte Catholic High School senior, has been selected as one of four high school students for the 2013 YMCA Global Service Learning Team.Bushey will join her teammates on a trip to Dakar, Senegal, in West Africa, where they will volunteer with the Senegal YMCA. The students will work in the classrooms at the Senegal YMCA primary school, which serves 280 children, age 3 to 12.“It’s a great opportunity to help on a global scale,” Bushey said.Bushey is a Y Camp Counselor, swim instructor and Youth and Government volunteer at the YMCA.Bushey will begin her Global Learning experience this fall, volunteering locally with the Y Readers program.The team needs to raise $1,100 per student and $1,300 per adult for their trip, Bushey said. Donations can be made at YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s website: http://bit.ly/19Tq3hF.Military news• Air Force Reserve Airman Jeffery T. Stefano, a 2011 graduate of Union Academy High School in Monroe, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.Stefano is the son of Cindy Stefano of Master Gunner Court, Indian Trail, and grandson of Tom Meadows of Somersby Lane, Matthews.• Air Force Reserve Airman William J. Hyatt, a 2005 graduate of Independence High School in Mint Hill, graduated as an honor graduate from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.After graduating from the eight-week program in military discipline and studies, Hyatt earned four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.Wyatt is the son of Angie Hyatt of Farm Pond Lane in Charlotte. Holocaust councilThe North Carolina Council on the Holocaust held a brunch to bring together survivors at the Jewish Community Center in Charlotte.The brunch gives survivors a chance to connect and share their experiences, said Lori Katzenstein, a volunteer with the council.Katzenstein said survivors, many of whom were children during the Holocaust, want to spare their families what they went through.“The majority of survivors never talk about their experience until they are elderly,” she said. Suly Chenkin, who was separated from her family at 6 months old, talked about her childhood in Lithuania. Chenkin was reunited with her family at age 6.Manfred Katz, who was liberated at 17 from the Nazi concentration camp Kaiserwald, learned his parents and sister did not survive. Katz, now 85, talked to his children about his experience after they were adults. “They needed to know, and that’s why I started talking,” he said.Katz also speaks to students and teachers throughout the state promoting tolerance and acceptance, Katzenstein said. The council holds various events, like the luncheon, to connect survivors and educate people, Katzenstein said. “We are losing this generation,” she said.Charlotte residents Mitch Rifkin and Judi Strause volunteer with the North Carolina Council on the Holocaust and bring together the survivors for the events, Katzenstein said.For information on the council, visit www.dpi.state.nc.us/holocaust_council.
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
Local Eagle Scouts receive special honor
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