Sheffield Lake

Sheffield Lake’s Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Troop 303 honored its two newest Eagle Scouts – Brookside High School senior Kodey Kolibab and Lorain County Joint Vocational School (JVS) senior Joseph Patrick Webb – with an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Sunday. The ceremony took place at Troop 303’s home, the Sheffield Lake United Church of Christ (UCC), located at the corner of Sunset and Richelieu avenues. Both Webb and Kolibab will graduate as members of the BHS class of 2010.

Sheffield Village Mayor John Hunter and Sheffield Lake Mayor John Piskura presented Webb and Kolibab with proclamations honoring their achievement. Hunter, a former Boy Scout, talked about the hours of work represented by each merit badge on the new Eagle Scouts’ red sashes. Piskura, like his father and his sons a former member of Troop 303, praised the Boy Scout unit as an asset to the community’s boys.

BSA representative Mike Wenzel read proclamations from Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and the U.S. Air Force honoring Kolibab and Webb. Troop 303 Eagle Scout Mike Pritt (Brookside High School Class of 2009) read “The Legend of Eagle Mountain.” Lillian Piggott, representing the UCC, spoke of her joy at having watched the two new Eagle Scouts grow from “tiny Cub Scouts to fine young men.”

Webb’s final merit badge project was making bird feeders for residents of Avon Oaks Nursing Home’s dementia wing. The residents enjoy watching birds visit the feeders through windows overlooking the nursing home’s garden area. Restocking the bird feeders provides some of the residents with a hobby. Both of Webb’s grandfathers and some other scouts assisted him in completing his project. Webb became active in scouting as a Tiger Scout in first grade and spent 12 years as a member of Cub Scout Pack 303 and Boy Scout Troop 303. Joseph attends the JVS Computer Aided Design and Drafting program and played varsity football for the Brookside

Cardinals.

Kolibab has been active in scouting since sixth grade, and said he’d gone on “every possible campout.” He attended more than 70 campouts in six years of scouting and attained the rank of senior troop leader. He’s also worked as Troop 303’s scribe for five years and is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, scouting’s National Honor Society. Kodey is also a member of Brookside’s award-winning marching band and wind ensemble. He plays several instruments including bass clarinet and baritone saxophone. He chose his final project to benefit the Brookside band program by building shelves and filling them with the band’s many plaques, trophies and awards dating back to 1967 – after cleaning and polishing all those awards. Kolibab used wood recycled from the old BHS gym bleachers to create shelves on which to display the band’s trophies and plaques in the band room.

Contact John Edwards at news@2presspapers.com

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