Dunkirk resident earns Eagle Scout honors
John Bernard Banach, 16, son of David and Rosemary Banach of Dunkirk, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 267, which is sponsored by the Fredonia American Legion Post 59. This rank is attained by only 4 percent of Boy Scouts nationwide.
Banach earned 29 merit badges including 13 specifically required for Scouting’s highest award. He worked through his scout career and rank process with former Scoutmaster Chris Eichmann and was presented with the award by the new Scoutmaster for Troop 267; Thomas Annear, who had previously been John’s Cub Scout Pack leader. For his Eagle Scout Project, Banach led efforts to rehabilitate the Veteran’s Baseball Field in Dunkirk. More than 150 service hours were provided for brush removal, painting, roof replacement, and the provision and placement of 1,200 feet of fence cap under the guidance of Timothy Abbey, director of Buildings and Grounds for the Dunkirk City School System. Funding for part of the project was generously provided in grant form by Lake Shore Savings Bank in Dunkirk. As his mentor, Banach selected his grandfather, John J. Banach of Dunkirk for his constant help and support in the completion of his Eagle Scout Project.
Banach is also a member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society. As a scout, Banach has participated in numerous camping trips and outings including Camps Gross, Merz, and Elk Lick in New York; Woodstock in Ontario, Canada and the Bechtel Summit Reserve in West Virginia. He also participated in the first National Jamboree in July of 2017 at the Summit Reserve. Banach is currently a junior in high school, attending St. Francis High School in Hamburg