Two Eagles spread their wings in Northfield

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Gavin Pullan, 15, left, and Kieran Lawlor, 17, display some mementos from their Scouting careers at a table Saturday, March 2 at Good Shepherd Church. Gavin Pullan, 15, left, and Kieran Lawlor, 17, display some mementos from their Scouting careers at a table Saturday, March 2 at Good Shepherd Church.

NORTHFIELD – It is a long road to hoe for those young men who work for years to complete the requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout. The hard work is capped with an impressive Eagle Scout court of honor ceremony.

On Saturday, March 2, Northfield Boy Scout Troop 72 was doubly fortunate to have two of its Scouts, Kieran Lawlor and Gavin Pullan, have their court of honor together at the Good Shepherd Church in front of their friends, family and fellow Scouts.

Both boys logged more than 100 hours to complete their Eagle projects.

Kieran Lawlor, 17, is the oldest of three children. His parents, Noreen and Brian Lawlor, are very proud of his accomplishment.

“He set a goal for himself and then put everything in place and accomplished what he set out to do,” said his dad, Brian, who is also an assistant scoutmaster with Troop 72. Younger brother Declan, 10, is also in Scouting and Kieran said he is encouraging his brother to work toward his Eagle Scout badge.

The 17-year-old’s project was to clean the 3½ -mile walking trail through Birch Grove Park. The park sustained significant damage from the derecho and Park Supervisor Vicky Rutter was happy for the Scout’s help.

Lawlor has marked every half mile along the trail with 6-by-12-inch square wooden posts to help walkers and hikers.

“I would go to the park a lot when I was younger and played baseball there so I was glad I could do something to clean up and hopefully make it a better place than it was after the storm,” said Lawlor.

The MRHS junior is also a midfielder on the soccer team and said his favorite part of Scouting has always been the camping trips.

Gavin Pullan is just a freshman at Mainland. He is also a member of the school’s crew team.

His father, Jim Pullan, who is an assistant scoutmaster, said his son worked hard to get his project approved and completed so he would have enough time to juggle sports as well.

Pullan chose to clean out the lakes at Birch Grove Park. Again, the Scouts turned to Vicky Rutter for ideas on what the Scouts could do to benefit the park and the community.

“She said the lakes really needed to be cleaned out so I came up with a work schedule and got some of the other guys in the troop. We had about 25 volunteers and we cleaned out 11 of the park’s lakes,” Gavin Pullan said. “We got into canoes and pulled debris, mostly bottles that had fallen in and lots of tangled fishing lines and lost lures and such.

“We cleaned all the lines that were hung up in the trees as well.”

The 15-year-old said he felt really good about what he and the other Scouts were able to accomplish in the park.

“It feels really good to know you have done something in your community that will really make it a better place,” said Pullan.

It took a lot of coordination to get the chore accomplished and Pullan added, “It was really interesting to coordinate it and get everyone on the water and working together.”

Like his fellow Eagle Scout, Pullan said the best part of Scouting is the camping trips they have been able to take over the years.

He plans to stick with the troop and be an assistant scoutmaster to encourage the younger Scouts to work toward the goal of Eagle. Pullan said it was worth the work he and all of the volunteers put into it.

After the court of honor ceremony, all of the guests that had packed the church in support of the two new Eagle Scouts enjoyed dinner together in the church hall, about 75 in all. 

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