Shelton Scout reels in top honor with fishing line recycling project

Kenneth J. McGovern recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout thanks in part to his installation of monofilament fishing line recycling bins at four locations in Shelton.

Kenneth J. McGovern recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout thanks in part to his installation of monofilament fishing line recycling bins at four locations in Shelton.

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SHELTON — Recycling fishing lines has become easier at various locations in the city thanks to one Eagle Scout’s project.

Kenneth J. McGovern, a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 55, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout thanks in part to his installation of monofilament fishing line recycling bins at four locations in Shelton.

The bins were installed at the Sunnyside Boat Launch, Hope Lake, Pine Lake and the Gristmill Open Space area on Mill Street.

These bins will allow for the proper disposal of used fishing lines and keep them out of the environment, thus protecting wildlife.

During his tenure in the Troop, McGovern has earned 42 merit badges and has had several positions of responsibility including Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Historian and Librarian.

He is a member of the Order of the Arrow and has worked in program areas at the Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen.

Troop 55 has been sponsored by the men’s club of the Huntington United Methodist Church for the past 50 years.