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Boy Scout Troop 1254

Inspired By Dad, Grandmother, Matthew Hulse Achieves Eagle Scout Ranking

Inspired By Great-Grandmother, Dad

Matthew Hulse Awarded

Eagle Scout Ranking

In Ceremony At Centers

Rick and Christine Hulse stand with their son Matthew Hulse as he is presented with a citation from the NYS Assembly, delivered during Matthew’s Eagle Scout ceremony by Assemblyman John Salka, R-121, at Cooperstown Center this morning. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

by LIBBY CUDMORE • Special To AllOTSEGO.com

Following the ceremony, Matthew speaks with his great-grandmother Louise Hulse, 102, who was among the many family gathered at the ceremony.

COOPERSTOWN – When Matthew Hulse was given his Eagle Scout award, he wanted to make sure his great-grandmother, Louise Hulse, 102, was there to be a part of the ceremony.

“She was so enthusiastic when my uncle Alan (Lotito) got his Eagle Scout award,” said Matthew. “It was important for me to have her there to witness it.”

Hulse, now a freshman at SUNY Poly Technic and a member of Troop 1254, held his Eagle Scout ceremony at Cooperstown Center, where his grandmother resides, this morning.

“I’ve very proud of him,” said Louise. “He’s a wonderful boy.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 4

Future Of Farming Conference

14-19eventspageFOOD & FARMING – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Conference “Careers and New Ventures,” features knowledgeable speakers, vendors, breakout sessions, panel discussion to inform and inspire NYS farmers and the public. Free, open to all. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/food-farm

VETERANS TRIBUTE – 5-9 p.m. Concert in tribute to our Veterans featuring Joe Diffie. Cost, $25/adult, Veterans/active duty enter free. The Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org

New Quilt Square Commemorates Hank Nicols’ Fight Against AIDS

New Quilt Square Commemorates

Hank Nicols’ Fight Against AIDS

Members of Cooperstown Boy Scout Troop 1254 poses a few minutes ago with a newly completed quilt square commemoration Hank Nicols, a troop member who contracted the disease in the 1980s while receiving blood transfusions to treat his hemophilia.  The square – 3 by 6 feet, the size of a coffin – is the second one completed by Hank's mother Joan.  His father, also Hank, is a troop leader.  The troop then watched "Eagle Scout: The Story of Henry Nicols," an HBO film recounting how the young man announced his diagnosis 25 years aog, then campaigned for AIDS awareness before succumbing to the disease in 2007.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Members of Cooperstown Boy Scout Troop 1254 pose a few minutes ago with a newly completed quilt square commemorating Hank Nicols, a troop member who contracted the disease in the 1980s while receiving blood transfusions to treat his hemophilia. The square – 3 by 6 feet, the size of a coffin – is the second one completed by Hank’s mother Joan. His father, also Hank, is a troop leader. The troop then watched “Eagle Scout: The Story of Henry Nicols,” an HBO film recounting how the young man announced his diagnosis 25 years ago this year, then campaigned for AIDS awareness before succumbing to the disease in 2007.   The program marks World AIDS Day, officially Dec. 1.   Interviews with Hank’s father and sister appear in this week’s editions of Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal, on newsstands tomorrow afternoon.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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