Sheridan resident earns Eagle Scout honors

Eagle Scout Joseph Bowers

With a group of 150 in attendance at his Court of Honor, Joseph Bowers was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Feb. 25. Joseph is a member of Boy Scout Troop 267 of Fredonia, and is the son of Ron and Marianne Bowers of Sheridan. Having passed his Board of Review in December, he is a member of the Eagle Scout Class of 2017, the fourth largest class since its inception in 1912. And, at just 14 years old, Joseph is one of the younger Eagle Scouts in his class. The award is a performance-based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Only about 4 percent of all Boy Scouts are granted this rank.

The ceremony was held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church hall in Silver Creek. Scoutmaster Tom Annear welcomed guests and presented the award, while former Scoutmaster Chris Eichmann served as Master of Ceremonies. Senior Patrol Leader Chris Annear and fellow Scouts assisted throughout the ceremony, and Eagle Scout John Banach delivered the Eagle Charge. Joseph was graced by the attendance of many special guests, and was honored through speeches given by Assemblyman Andy Goodell, Jacqueline Phelps representing Congressman Tom Reed, County Executive George Borrello, Chautauqua County American Legion Scout Representative Jay McManus, Chartered Organization Representative of the American Legion Post 59 Ron Bouquin, Sons of American Legion Representative Dennis Bouquin, Eagle Project Beneficiaries of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn and Rev. Mark Wolski, and Allegheny Highlands Two Lakes District Executive Will Cole.

Eagle Scout Bowers also recognized his Uncle Frank Pagano with the Mentor Pin; as well as his mother with the miniature Eagle Pin, and his father with the Lapel Pin.

Among the many requirements necessary to achieve Eagle Scout rank, one of the most notable is the Eagle Scout Project. The Scout must develop, fund, and manage a service project to benefit the community. Joseph’s Eagle Project was the installation of 72 feet of outdoor iron handrail and an automated door at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel RC Church in Silver Creek. He was able to accomplish this project through the very generous donations of parishioners and local community organizations and businesses. He was assisted in design and installation by his Uncle Frank Pagano and his father; and received further support on installation day from Scoutmaster Tom Annear, as well as eight fellow Scouts, his Uncle Mike Pagano, Jim White, and others. The handrail was carefully designed and assembled, piece by piece, and then skillfully welded by Danny Edwards, with the intent to blend with the style of the nearly 90 year old church. The project was graciously and enthusiastically supported by the church parishioners.

Bowers is also a member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s national honor society, as well as a National Youth Leadership Training graduate. As a Scout, Bowers was elected and served as Senior Patrol Leader of his Troop, and has been Den Chief, mentoring within Pack 267, for four years. Joseph has been selected to be a staff trainer for the 2018 National Youth Leadership Training program. He participates in monthly camping trips to various locations including Camp Merz, Camp Gross, Elk Lick, Pennyslvania; Woodstock, Ontario; Angelica, New York and Ovid, New York. He attends annual Summer Camp at Camp Merz. He also attended the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. Eagle Scout Bowers is an honor student attending Silver Creek Central School.