SPARTA, NJ – The council chambers were taken over by scouts at the Sparta Township Council meeting on Monday.  There were 13 Boy Scouts and two Girl Scout recognized for having received their highest rank; Eagle Scout for the boys and Gold Award for the girls.

Boy Scout troops 150 and 95 and Girl Scout troop 715 were represented.  Scout Master Joe Fucito of 150 and Don Fowler of 95, and Leaders Tracy Piacentino and Melissa Masucci were on hand to support their scouts.

Mayor Christine Quinn proclaimed this week to be Scouting week.  She introduced each of the scouts in the room and explained their final project.

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  • Robert Ruggerio built a prayer garden at Saint Kateri.
  • Brendan Puszcz built a large natural wooden cross and helped with the prayer garden at Saint Kateri.
  • Tom Claus helped to create a rain garden at Lake Mohawk Country Club.
  • Tom Wolfe created the kiosk sign for the Sussex County Rail Trail.
  •  Elija Cook created a sign at the Veterans Memorial Field.
  • Kyle Frye created a half sized cresch at Pope John including the structure and figurines.
  • Ben Toscano built a 10 by 10 shed for the First Presbyterian church.
  • Joe Schwab build a pergola for Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran church.
  • Rex Anderson built an outdoor classroom for Sparta Middle School.
  • Mach Kessler created mobile black board for a sister church in Haiti.
  • Mike Stenderowicz replaced a large section of fence and installed a large metal gate across the entrance road in Lodestone Park in Fredon.
  • Don Somma collected GPS coordinates for all the fire hydrants in Sparta and loaded them on to Google.
  • Brian Dauer refurbished the playground at Our Lady of the Lake church.
  • Elizabeth Bottoni created and presented a seminar about healthy relationships
  • Kristen Petrucci worked with Birth Haven, setting up a job fair, furnished four rooms, got baby supplies and even threw a baby shower.
  • Dan Mulkenn collected and refurbished sports equipment for Haiti.
  • Alex Mahon rebuilt a fence at Shepherd of the Hills

“Thank all of you for your service to the community,” Quinn said.

In his Managers’ report, Bill Close said, “All of the scouts are to be commended for their efforts.”