Valley Eagle Scouts honored for achievements

Twenty-three young men who earned the Eagle Scout award in 2014 were honored by the Housatonic Council, BSA, at its annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner. In addition, the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award was presented to Larry Janesky, owner of Basement Systems of Connecticut and other companies.

The Eagle Scout award is the highest rank in Scouting and is achieved by 4% of all Scouts.

Receiving the Eagle Scout award were:

• Shelton residents Bryce George Gallagher, Zachary Johnson, John Rosa, Thomas Savarese, Matthew Simon, Matthew Tarini and Billings White.

• Ansonia resident James Amato.

• Derby residents Anthony Bartholomew, Colby McLiverty, Maclaren Tobin and Steven Tracz.

• Seymour residents Matthew Maloy, Alexander Ney and Patrick Noel.

• Oxford residents Benjamin Bassett, Daniel Forcier, Zarchary Geffert, Zachary Latka, Matthew Michaud, George Polasek, Zachary Pranger and Alex Ventura.

Outstanding Scout

The National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award was presented to Janesky in recognition of his professional success since becoming an Eagle Scout as well as his support of community organizations that contribute to the lives of residents in the lower Naugatuck Valley.

Janesky, a Bridgeport native, earned the Eagle Scout award in 1978 and attributes the skills he learning in Scouting as foundational to his business and personal success.

After receiving the award, Janesky addressed the Eagle Scouts and told them that challenges can be overcome through personal development, and that the Eagle Scouts should chose specific goals and work toward achieving those goals.

The Housatonic Council serves Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Oxford and Seymour.