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Crew Member Earns GS Gold Award

posted Jun 1, 2016, 11:17 AM by Mark Rozek   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 11:17 AM ]

Girl Scout goes for gold

Published Oct 8, 2015 at 12:14 pm 

 By Rose Sgarlato

Andover Township — Girl Scout Katie Reidmiller recently presented her Gold Award project to Andover’s Township Committee.

Entitled The Red Envelope Project, Katie, 15, and a member of Troop 762, impressed the public and council members with her creativity and user-friendly concept. The Red Envelope is labeled as medical information for people who are homebound that may be elderly or disabled. The envelope is actually red and contains medical history, emergency contacts, power of attorney and a will. A small hole in the envelope makes it easily accessible to a wheelchair or bed.

Geared towards those that may be living alone, Katie was inspired by her grandfather who lived with her family. “When he passed away a year ago, it was helpful to us,” said Katie. “He had many incidents where he had to be taken to the hospital and having the red envelope ready with all the information needed was useful.” Katie’s mother Debbie Reidmiller was the original creator of the idea. Once approved by the Girl Scouts, Katie made 200 red envelopes for local distribution under Debbie’s direction.

Katie is giving the red envelopes to Lakeland Emergency Squad, town hall, Andover Township Police along with friends and family. Deputy Mayor Janis McGovern, the liaison to the Greater Andover Senior Citizens, complemented Katie on the idea and encouraged a presentation. “I think this is a great idea and so useful. I would love for Katie to present this to our seniors,” said Mc Govern.

A scout for 10 years and sophomore at Newton High School, the project took about 96 hours. “It was fun to do and hopefully people will find out about it and give it to people who need it,” said Katie.

Crew Member Selected for NE Region VP of Communications

posted Jun 1, 2016, 11:01 AM by Mark Rozek

Local scout creating ceremony for old flags

posted Nov 22, 2015, 5:10 AM by Mark Rozek

ANDOVER — Girl Scout Emily Brothman has chosen a Silver Award Project aimed at helping the community while honoring our country and veterans.  Emily, 13, of Andover Borough, has made boxes available to the public to collect old, worn or torn American Flags so that they may be retired in a respectful manner with a proper ceremony.

Her idea came from a small flag she found lying in a parking lot this winter. She said, "It occurred to me that there could be many people who may have a flag in a closet or one that is ready to be replaced after this harsh winter and may not know a Scout who can take care of it for them," Brothman said.  Collection boxes are in place in the Andover Post Office in the Gristmill Plaza off Rt. 206, and the Andover Borough Municipal Building, located at 137 Main St.  Boxes are also available for families of the Andover Regional School system in the FMB and LPS lobbies.  Anyone donating an American Flag with sentimental meaning may attach a note which will be read at the ceremony. Notice of the ceremony will be published and all veterans are welcome to attend. 


posted Nov 22, 2015, 5:06 AM by Mark Rozek   [ updated Nov 22, 2015, 5:06 AM ]

Andover Teen Completes Eagle Rank

posted Jan 24, 2015, 11:57 AM by Mark Rozek

Van Orden reaches highest rank in Boy Scouts

ANDOVER — Bradford Michael Van Orden, of Andover, successfully completed the requirements for the highest rank in Boy Scouts. At age 17 he completed the Eagle Scout rank on Nov. 3 after his 12 year commitment to scouting. Van Orden participates in Troop 153, of Wantage, under the direction of Scoutmaster Steve Dely and Committee Member Cindy Van Carples. He completed his Eagle Scout project at the Sterling Hills Mine in Franklin. A celebration to honor Van Orden for his achievement will be held at the Church of the Good Shepard in Wantage, on Jan. 17, 2015 at 1 p.m. Van Orden started scouting in the first grade as a Bobcat Scout with Pack 97 under Den Leaders, Barbara Hanson and Lisa Lombardi earning Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos ranks. At that time he earned the highest award in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light. He then crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 153 and served the community in many ways.

Troop 153 is very active and meets weekly on Wednesday evenings at the Church of the Good Shepard. The troop does a lot of camping all year round and hikes frequently in preparation for longer hikes in the wilderness. Van Orden has experienced two, 14-day backpacking expeditions at Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico with several members of Troop 153. He has also served as a Den Chief, Troop Librarian, Troop Historian and Senior Patrol Leader. His Eagle project included 129 community service hours renovating floors in three rooms at the Sterling Hills Mine Museum and cleaning the tour route inside the mine. He completed 29 merit badges along with earning all six ranks in Boy Scouts leading up to Eagle. He is the son of Kellie Ortiz, of Andover, and Michael Van Orden, of Wantage, and has an older sister, Brittany and younger brother, Brandon. Bradford is a senior at Sussex County Technical School and a member of SkillsUSA, Spanish National Honor Society, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and is Valedictorian for the class of 2015. Bradford has future plans as a Nuclear Power Specialist in the US Navy or to possibly attend the Naval Academy.

Scout awarded for helping injured player

posted Dec 11, 2014, 4:23 PM by Mark Rozek

Congratulations Crew member Sam Brothman!

Brothman given Medal of Merit for actions at soccer game 

ANDOVER — Sam Brothman, a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 81 in Andover, recently earned a Medal of Merit from the Boy Scouts of America’s National Court of Honor.

In June, Brothman responded to an injury during his sister’s travel soccer game in Butler. A player fell and suffered a severe compound fracture of his wrist.

Brothman used his Boy Scout training to secure the scene, calm the crowd and stabilize the victim so that he could be taken safely to a local hospital, which included constructing a makeshift splint from a nearby placard and duct tape.

Brothman received his award during Troop 81’s weekly meeting on Dec. 3, and will also be recognized by the BSA Patriots’ Path Council in early 2015.

BSA awards Medals of Merit to Boy Scouts who have performed an act of meritorious service above and beyond what is normally expected of a youth or adult member of the Boy Scouts. The act should demonstrate exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others.

Two hundred and forty-nine awards were given nationally in 2013.

Girl Scouts of Northern NJ honors local volunteers

posted Jun 24, 2014, 5:01 AM by Mark Rozek

GARFIELD — Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey recently held its Adult Recognition Program at The Royal Manor in Garfield. The event honored more than 1,000 volunteers across northern New Jersey.

The Appreciation Pin, given to those volunteers and leaders performing beyond the expectations of the position, was awarded to Vesna Dan, of Sparta, and Debra Nydam, of Vernon.

Serving their communities in lead volunteer capacities, the Outstanding Service Team Member award was given to Leslie Bernard-Glick and Dawn DeMattheis, of Vernon.

The Volunteer of Excellence award recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while providing girls with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This award was given to Judy Youngs, of Hampton Township, and Jessica Kruegel, of Vernon.

The Rookie of the Year award is given to exceptional Girl Scout leaders who have exemplified Girl Scout values in their first or second year of volunteering. Tina Williams, of Stillwater, and Kristine Carollo, of Vernon, received this honor.

Blanche Bender, of Vernon, was honored for 35 years of Girl Scout membership. Debbie Redmiller, of Newton, and Cathy Ragnetti, of Sparta, were honored for 30 years of Girl Scout membership.

Honored for 20 years of

membership was Barbara Meggiolaro, of Vernon. Laura Bugay, of Andover, Stephanie Pizzulo, of Lafayette, and Dale DiPietro, of Vernon, reached 15 years of membership.

For more information about Girl Scouts, call the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey at 973-248-8200.

NJ Herald - April 7, 2014

posted May 18, 2014, 5:36 PM by Mark Rozek   [ updated May 18, 2014, 5:36 PM ]

NJ Herald Article  - April 7, 2014

Brothers Recognized at Eagle Ceremony

posted Apr 12, 2014, 5:47 PM by Mark Rozek

Brothers Christopher and Stephen Rozek Earn Eagle Rank

posted Apr 11, 2014, 5:18 PM by Mark Rozek

The Alternative Press Staff

Thursday, April 10, 2014 • 8:13pm

ANDOVER, NJ- An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was conducted on Sunday, April 6th at the Barn in Hillside Park, Andover.  The ceremony was a formal recognition of brothers, Stephen Rozek, age 13, and Christopher Rozek, age 16, both of whom recently attained the rank of Eagle Scout.  Both boys are members of Troop 150 of Sparta.

Stephen's Eagle Project was to build and install bat houses in Station Park and The Glen.  He became interested in the idea on a trip to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park,when he learned of the deadly White Nose Fungus that is decimating bat populations. 

Christopher's Eagle Project was to create information kiosks on a new hiking trail in Andover Township.  His design was inspired by his visits to municipal, state and national parks.  The kiosks construction include trash bag dispensers to encourage hikers to remove their trash from the trail.

Stephen Rozek is currently a patrol leader in Troop 150 and Secretary of Venture Crew 276.   So far he has earned 75 merit badges and is not finished yet.   

Stephen said, "Achieving the Eagle Rank has been the greatest achievement of my life. I believe that earning rank is important for scouts, but also feel that Merit Badges provide a great means of expanding my knowledge.  It is one of my goals to earn all of the merit badges offered."

Christopher Rozek is assistant senior patrol leader in Troop 150 and Vice President of Venture Crew 276. He has earned 72 merit badges. 

"Being an Eagle Scout means setting your mind towards achieving goals that will help you excel in life.  It also means being able to teach and to lead any group of individuals to complete a task," shares Christopher. 

Both brothers have been nominated to join the Patriots' Path Youth Executive Council.   

Stephen Rozek takes advantage of the travel opportunities available in scouting.  Last summer he attended Seabase high adventure camp and plans to attend other Boy Scouts of America high adventure camps. 

Community Service is also important to Stephen and Christopher, completing courses in CPR, AED, First Aid and Babysitting from the Red Cross and others.    Their volunteer work has earned them the Patriots' Path Gold SERV award several times.

Not limited to scouting Stephen also participates in 4H.  Christopher is active in two 4H clubs, is President of the 4H golf club earning several awards for public speaking on the county level.  Both brothers are ranked Sharpshooter at Shongum Sportman's Association.  Christopher is working on attaining Expert ranking. 

The boys are homeschooled participating in weekly arts programs that include computer and instrumental instruction.  The brothers play with jazz, symphonic and chamber musical ensembles.   They participate in two church youth groups as well. 

The ceremony was attended by many family, friends, scouts and community leaders.  Special presentations were made by Sussex County Freeholder Dennis Mudrick, Sparta Twp. Mayor Molly Whilesmith, Andover Twp Mayor Phil Boyce, Order of the Arrow Lodge #43 Advisor Chris Sturm, Sparta VFW Representative Martin Schweighardt and Deb Reidmiller of the Lakeland Emergency Squad.  

Through hard work and dedication, these brothers were able to achieve this honor within three days of each other making the celebration extra special.  Stephen became an Eagle on December 3, 2013 and led a project benefiting the Township of Sparta.  Christopher became an Eagle on December 6, 2013 and led a project benefiting the Township of Andover.

"As parents, we are extremely proud of both the boys for attaining scouting’s highest rank.  Christopher and Stephen had set a goal many years ago to become Eagle Scouts and celebrate the honor together. We know they will continue to be successful in meeting the challenges that life brings them," said Mark Rozek the boys' father.

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