Duryea Troop 285 conducted an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Reception for Richard Ostrander hosted by his parents, Richard and Joy Ostrander, of Pittston, on February 5 at the Avoca Hose Company #1, 704, Main Street.
Ostrander is the grandson of Theodore and the late Philomena Switzer, of West Wyoming, and Carolyn and Richard Ostrander, of Plymouth.
He received his Eagle rank from the NEPA Council on October 19, 2011.
Ostrander began his Scouting career with the Duryea Cub Scout Pack 375 as a Wolf Scout. He advanced through the ranks and received the highest rank of the Arrow of Light in 2005. That same year, he crossed the bridge at the Blue and Gold Banquet, received his Boy Scout Badge and became a member of the Panther Patrol of Duryea Troop 285.
He attended several Webelos overnight camping trips to Merli-Sarnoski Park in Carbondale, the council traveling camporees to Colonial Williamsburg, VA and Pittsburgh and Goose Pond Summer camp for the past six years.
He earned 39 merit badges and is a Brotherhood member of the Lowwapaneu Lodge #191 Order of the Arrow National Honor Society.
Ostrander has assisted with 10 Eagle Scout projects for his fellow Scouts. He has held the positions of Scribe, Asst. Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Jr. Asst. Scoutmaster and currently serves the troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster.
His Eagle Scout project was done for the American Legion Post 585 in Duryea, which sponsors the troop.
He and members of his troop removed old wallpaper, spackled holes in the walls and ceilings in the upstairs meeting rooms, repainted the ceiling, walls and floors. They also added new wall trim and repainted the radiator, banister and stairs in March 2011.
A senior at Pittston Area High School, Ostrander plans to attend the Johnson School of Technology for automotive repair and master fabricating welding in the fall.
He is a member of the Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Sacred Heart Church, Duryea and is a fireman with the Avoca Hose Company #1, Avoca.
He is currently employed as a service technician at Kraft Oil Company in Avoca.
Raymond J. Bernardi, superintendent, Wyoming Area School District announced that April 10, listed on the original 2011-2012 school calendar as Schools Closed/Easter Vacation/ First Snow Make-Up Day, will now be used as a Flood Make-Up Day and will be a full day of school for students.
The last student/teacher day is schedule for Monday, June 11, and graduation will be held on Friday, June 8.
This schedule is for all schools in the Wyoming Area School District (JFK, Tenth Street, Montgomery Avenue, Sarah J. Dymond and the Secondary Center).
Happy birthday wishes go to Joanie Naugle, formerly of Pittston now of Pittston Township, who will celebrate her birthday on April 2 and Victoria Doman, of Larksville who is celebrating his birthday today, April 1.
Jason Walsh of Pittston received an Academic Achievement Award at The University of Scranton for science.
Walsh is pursuing a master's degree in software engineering. He earned a bachelor's degree from The University of Scranton.
At Scranton, he was a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon (computer science honor society) and Sigma Pi Sigma (physics honor society).
All day bingo will held on Sunday, April 15 at Northmoreland TownshipVolunteer Fire Company in Centermoreland. Early birds start at 1:30 p.m. with dinner served at 4:30 p.m.
For reservations, call Jim or Carol at333-4906.
The Yatesville Auxiliary will hold its annual Easter Party at 2 p.m. today, April 1 at the Yatesville Borough building.
There will be prizes for children 12 years and younger. Snacks will be provided.