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2017-08-10 / Local News

Two Troop 285 Boy Scouts attain Eagle rank

Thomas DiSimone and George Weimer, both of Boy Scout Troop 285, were recognized as Eagle Scouts during a recent Eagle Court of Honor ceremony, according to a release.

DiSimone began his Scouting career as a Wolf Cub in Pack 177. He participated in many Cub Scout events and campouts.

Some of DiSimone’s favorite activities were the Pinewood Derby, First Aid Rally, and campouts at Old Fort Niagara, Scouthaven and Camp Merz.

According to the release, DiSimone rose through the ranks, reaching Webelos II and earned the Arrow of Light.

DiSimone participated in numerous adventure trips, including Birchbark Expedition, a high-adventure canoeing trip in Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada, and Florida Sea Base High Adventure.

In 2013, he was a senior leader at the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. He enjoyed volunteering his time with cleanup days at Camp Schoellkopf and Scouthaven, camping at Schoellkopf, Meals on Wheels, chili cook-off, roadside cleanup, cemetery cleanup, Veterans Day events and helping fellow Scouts with their Eagle projects.

His leadership positions included librarian, scribe and patrol leader, which provided valuable life skills, the release said.

For his Eagle Project, DiSimone built fish habitats for Green Lake at Yates Park. The project involved coordinating and working with many town workers, including Town Engineer Wayne Bieler and experts in aquatics from local companies. The project was completed with the help of volunteers from Troop 285 and took more than 430 hours to complete, the release said.

At Orchard Park High School, he was a member of the wrestling, football and soccer teams. He also played hockey for the Southtowns Stars and earned a black belt in Kempo Martial Arts.

Weimer began his Scouting journey in second grade as a Wolf Scout with Pack 285.

He continued Cub Scouts through his elementary school years, eventually earning the Webelos rank and Arrow of Light Award.

He also enjoyed the Pinewood Derby and Camp Scouthaven, the release said.

According to the release, Weimer treasures the memory of his participation in the First Aid Rally. Learning the basics of first aid and how to save someone’s life are skills he will always possess. Competing in and winning the First Aid Rally was a highlight of his Scouting journey.

He also enjoyed the high-adventure camps. He first went to Algonquin, where he participated in a canoeing trip with the troop and earned the 50-Miler Award. Later, it was to the Florida Keys for Sea Base, where he snorkeled and sailed.

Weimer held several leadership positions, including den chief for a Wolf Den in Pack 285 and assistant senior patrol leader.

His Eagle Project was “Help For Hope Lodge,” which is part of the American Cancer Society. The project consisted of taking apart and cleaning steam radiators and their covers, painting them, and then reassembling them, the release said.

This project took place over two days, and many members of Troop 285 and Weimer’s family came to help and support the project.

At Orchard Park High School, Weimer was on the soccer team for four years, He also is a member of National Honor Society.

In the fall, he will be attending Mercyhurst College where he plans to major in biology.

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