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Eagle Scout

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/

by LIBBY CUDMORE • Special To

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.”

Eagle Scout Beautifies Oneonta Bus Stop

Eagle Scout Beautifies

SUNY Oneonta Bus Stop

Troop 23 Boy Scout Richard Serafin, third from left, and his crew stand proudly in front of Richard’s completed project that will qualify him as an Eagle Scout: the newly rebuilt and painted bus stop shelter at the West Street and College Terrace intersection. Richard started the project in April and finished today, said “There was a new person every day thanking me and telling me how much they appreciated us doing it.” From left, Troop 23 Scout Master David Morell; Scouts Jack Gustafson, 14, Richard, Brandon Brent, 16, and Nathan Tessitore; and Rick Serafin, Richard’s dad.
Workin’ On The Railroad

Eagle Scout Directing Repair

Of Milford Miniature RR Loop

Troop 1254 Boy Scout Rudy Bohm, Fly Creek, hammers a piece of rebar into the ground as he repairs railroad track today at the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad depot in Milford. As part of his Eagle Scout service project, Bohm will coordinate a project that will revamp the track, which was built 20 years ago for a miniature train that the historic railroad company owns. When it is complete, the goal will be to get the miniature train running once again, and to then offer rides to kids in Milford’s Wilber Park. (Parker Fish/
Robert J. Cornnell, 55; Bank Executive Battled Cancer For 8 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Robert J. Cornnell, 55;

Bank Executive Battled Cancer For 8 Years

Robert J. Cornnell

EDMESTON – Robert James Cornnell, 55, of Edmeston, an Eagle scout, bank executive and performer in local theater, passed away Dec. 6, 2017, at his home following a courageous eight-year battle with cancer.

He was born in Utica on May 13, 1962, the son of Allan and Shirley (Preston) Cornnell and grew up in Holland Patent. He was a 1980 graduate of Holland Patent Central School. He later lived in Brownville and Rome, before settling in Edmeston in 1985 to help care for his grandparents.

Jeffrey McGowan, 55; Eagle Scout Worked In Auto Financing

IN MEMORIAM: Jeffrey McGowan, 55;

Eagle Scout Worked In Auto Financing

ONEONTA – Jeffrey D. McGowan, 55, an Oneonta Eagle Scout who went on to a career in automotive finance departments,  passed unexpectedly on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016.

Jeffrey was born in October 1960 in Syracuse, the son of Dean and Mary Jane McGowan.  Oneonta became Jeffrey’s home town when his family moved here in 1968.  Jeff attended Bugbee School then graduated from Oneonta High School in 1978.  Jeff was active in several extracurricular activities during high school including sports earning him a letter jacket.  Jeff attended SUNY Oneonta majoring in business.

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