Eagle Scout project restores Colantoni bench at Town Hall

Visitors to Abington Town Hall have a nicer place to sit and rest outside thanks to a local Boy Scout.

Charles Pozerski, a member of Troop 41, recently refurbished a pair of benches outside Town Hall as his Eagle Scout project.

One of the benches had previously been dedicated in memory of Joseph Colantoni, the town’s veterans agent who died in 2013.

“I chose this project because I thought it was a great way to better remember Joe, and all he did for this town,” Pozerski said. “Ever since I started the project I have heard so much about Joe and everything that he has done for our community and several surrounding communities. I also thought that this would be a great way to honor all of Abington’s veterans and their service, as well as brighten up our Town Hall.”

Eagle Scout is the highest rank a Scout can earn. Eagle Scout candidates must have earned at least 21 merit badges, completed several hours of community service, and coordinated a project that benefits the community.

“It’s a difficult journey that not many get to complete,” said Pozerski.

His Eagle Scout Project included fixing the benches, replacing and refurbishing shrubs around Town Hall, and also installing a new plaque that tells more about Colantoni.

Part of this project involves demonstrating leadership and project management skills. He needs to document the process and show the Eagle Scout Board how he asked for help from the broader community and used teamwork to help the project move smoothly.

“With everything that Joe did for this community, with everything that he has done for our veterans, but I hope that this project means more to the community other than just a Scout replacing some benches,” he said.

Pozerski said the project is personally very important to him because he is part of a military family and has many veterans in his family. He is always very moved by the stories he hears about their time in the service.

His family also features multiple Eagle Scouts, including his father, Jim, one of Troop 41’s Scout leaders.

“It’s truly an honor” to continue the family tradition, he said.

Pozerski is one of three Abington Scouts to complete their Eagle Scout project this year. Acadia Manley recently finished work on a project involving veterans at Mt. Vernon Cemetery. And Michael O’Leary revitalized the flagpole at Laidler Field in memory of Army Specialist 4 Ernest Hammond Laidler, who was killed in action in Vietnam.

Eagle Scout candidate Charles Pozerski points out some of the details of his recent Eagle Scout project at Abington Town Hall
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