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A stylish touch is always welcome at any special event. This is just one example of the six centerpieces provided by Cheri McIntire and arranged by Sunshine Flowers to provide that special touch for the Court of Honor for Boy Scout Troop 36 in Chester on Jan. 24. Photo by Cheri McIntire

Troop 36 dinner draws a crowd

Due to an extremely busy November and December, Chester Troop 36 decided to postpone its fall Court of Honor until January when activities are a little slower.

So, on Jan. 24, 30 volunteers, supporters and family members united in the social hall at the United Methodist Church to celebrate the accomplishments of the scouts and revisit some of their adventures.

Two of the older Scouts and one of the newer members were presented with rank advancements, and two had earned 10 merit badges between them in the last six months.

Morgan Strange, who has only been in the troop for a few months, earned his Scout Badge while Louie Buentiempo completed both his Second Class and First Class requirements.

Aidan Marro received his Star Rank, which means he only has one rank to complete before he begins working on his Eagle Scout requirements.

Eight of the 10 merit badges that were earned were “Eagle” required. The classes for cooking and camping they took at the same time, but Buentiempo earned his Life Saving badge alone and Marro completed First Aid, Personal Management and Citizenship in the Nation badges separately.

The other course they completed was Metal Working (blacksmithing), which they both said was the most fun this year.

Troop 36 Committee Chair Leslie Scott commented that, “Between the table decorations provided by Cheri McIntire and the gorgeous cake donated by Patty Roarty the room looked almost to elegant for a Boy Scout gathering.

The folks that attended the event included some of the many volunteers from the Lake Almanor Elks that helped with the Christmas tree cutting in November: Mark Pustejovsky, reforestation manager with Sierra Pacific Land and Timber Co. who wrote the contract allowing the scouts to harvest the trees, the Scouts’ families and of course the volunteers for Troop 36.

Unfortunately not all of the folks that helped cut the trees that ultimately were delivered to Troop 31 in Chico for their Christmas lot were able to come to the Court of Honor, the foresters from Collins Pine and the troop’s newest Scout, Lucas Hogon.

Be assured that their help and hard work were not overlooked and the troop thanks all who made the troop fundraiser such a success.

For those that could attend, it appeared that all enjoyed the meal of roast prime rib, potatoes au gratin, glazed carrots and mixed green salad with a roasted red pepper Italian dressing.

The end of the evening was topped off with a delicious strawberry/chocolate cake that highlighted the event.

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