Lakeland Grads, Lifelong Friends Honored in Joint Eagle Scout Ceremony

Eagle Scout Jack Aglietti, Eagle Scout Brendan Byrnes, Eagle Scout Richard Shaw Jr., Eagle Scout Brandon Moss-Coyle and Eagle Scout John O’Connor, following graduation from Lakeland High School Credits: Kevin Byrnes
Scoutmaster Kevin Byrnes; Eagle Scouts Jack Aglietti, Brendan Byrnes, Richard Shaw Jr., Brandon Moss-Coyle and John O’Connor; and immediate past Scoutmaster Richard Shaw Credits: Kevin Byrnes

YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Boy Scouts of America Troop 174 welcomed the 99th, 100th, 101st, 102nd and 103rd Eagle Scouts in its history with a joint ceremony on Sunday, June 25, at Grace Lutheran Church. The young men, who have been friends since kindergarten, celebrated their accomplishments only a day after graduating Lakeland High School together.

While most Eagle Scout ceremonies honor one individual Scout, lifelong friends Jack Aglietti, Brendan Byrnes, Richard Shaw Jr., Brandon Moss-Coyle and John O’Connor opted for a joint ceremony. Each Scout completed separate Eagle Scout Service Projects to earn the honor.

• Aglietti built two “flag retirement” boxes (one at the Mahopac Library, one at the Lakeland Central School District office), where people can drop off worn United States flags for a proper retirement. Already, Aglietti has been informed that there are three bags filled with flags at one of the locations.

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• Byrnes built a patio area at the Yorktown Police Department headquarters. This entailed digging up a grassy area, disposing of the dirt, leveling the area using railroad ties, placing item 4 and stone dust, followed by interlocking bricks (all of which was donated). With extra funds, Byrnes was able to purchase a picnic bench with umbrella, gas grill and a propane tank.

• Shaw tore down and repaired a fence at the Yorktown Heights Volunteer Fire Department headquarters. He was able to get donations of materials, disposed of the old fence, painted and installed the new fence.

• Moss-Coyle observed that outdoor benches at Troop 174’s charter organization’s location (Grace Lutheran Church) were weather beaten and very rickety. He was able to solicit donations of materials, and he built and stained three very solid, heavy outdoor benches for the church.

• O’Connor contacted the Ronald McDonald house in Valhalla and proposed building a sturdy box to collect soda can tops. The soda can tops are then brought to a local recycling center, where they get approximately 50 cents per pound. After completing the construction, painting and delivery of the box, O’Connor started the donations with approximately 15 pounds of can tops that he collected from friends and family.

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