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Petzel: Boy Scouts to host spaghetti dinner

Updated: October 3, 2012 6:09AM



Greetings fellow Oak Lawnians.

Boy Scout Troop 618 from Trinity Lutheran Church is having a spaghetti dinner 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in the church hall, 9701 S. Brandt Ave.

Troop committee member Art Flores said this will be Trinity’s 19th year hosting a Boy Scout dinner. Although Art has plenty of experience organizing these dinners, he said planning starts months in advance for the 500 guests they’re anticipating.

The dinner is the troop’s biggest fundraiser. Most troops have one big function or fundraiser, and for this troop, it’s the spaghetti dinner. Proceeds from the dinner will offset costs for trips the troop will take, including one to Owasippie. Last year’s dinner was a huge success, Art said, raising about $8,000.

When Troop 618 was formed in 1993, there were only five scouts. Today, the troop has 23 scouts and 27 adult leaders, including scoutmaster Bill Cunningham. Bill’s son, Dylan, is a member of Troop 618, and his wife, Laura, is a committee member.

Troop members are from surrounding high schools, including Oak Lawn Community, Richards, St. Rita, Brother Rice and Marist. Younger troop members attend Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School.

“Each scout’s ultimate goal is to be an Eagle Scout,” Art said.

To achieve Eagle Scout, a scout must earn 21 merit badges, serve actively in a troop for at least six months after becoming a Life Scout, and plan, develop and execute a service project that benefits his church, school or community. After these requirements are met, he then appears before a board of review.

Since 1993, Trinity has turned out an impressive number of Eagle Scouts. Today, 19 scouts have achieved Eagle Scout status, including, most recently, Adam Smith.

Cost of the dinner is $6 for adults and $4 for children between ages 3 and 12. Dinner includes either meat or marinara sauce, salad and bread. Soda and dessert will be available for 25 cents each. Troop members also will sell raffle tickets for themed baskets.

To contribute items for the baskets or to donate to the troop, email band16@hotmail.com.

Here are this week’s featured celebrity announcements:

Happy 3rd birthday to Jayden Gomez from his parents, Jose and Aimee, and family. Happy 4th birthday to Jakob and Joshua Groll, from their parents and Aidan, Matt and Maggie. Terri and Joe Sparks wish their twins, Justin and Jessilyn, a happy 8th birthday. Happy 10th birthday to Nicholas Cupicciotti, from his parents and grandparents. Happy 12th birthday to Sebastian Sawicki and to his brother, Steven, who’s turning 14, from their parents. Happy 15th birthday to Kassandra Novak, from her parents, Kelly and Jim, and Katie. Happy sweet 16th birthday to Kaitlyn Sullivan. Happy 23rd birthday to Kara Richmond, from her parents, Steve and Vicky, and Chris. Happy 25th birthday to Kacy Mitchell. Happy 29th birthday to Aimee Gornik, from Jose, Jayden, and family. Happy 29th birthday to Dana Escamilla, from Beth, his dad and family. Anthony Budka’s family wishes him a happy 29th birthday. Happy birthday to Andreen Barrett. Happy birthday to Patricia Makris-Mica, from Tom, Helen, Andrea, Ron, Glen and Susan. Birthday wishes go out to Roni Waitkus. Happy birthday to Michelle Dellorto. Happy birthday to Vicki Lackawitch, from Tim, Kelley and Kevin. Richard Gustafson’s parents wish him a happy 48th. Al Wierdak sends birthday wishes to his wife, Ginger. Birthday wishes also go out to Bert (“General Stonewall Shark”) Petridge and Roland Cizek.

Wedding anniversary wishes go out to the following couples:  Brian and Carrie Feerick on their 4th anniversary; Jonathan and Mandy Baikie on their 10th anniversary; David and Gisel Grams on their 15th anniversary; John and Kim Ruane on their 25th Silver anniversary; Bob and Violet Frias on their 27th anniversary; Tacho and Karen Gamino on their 33rd anniversary; Aldo and Nancy Ferucci on their 35th anniversary; and Jim and Pat Mitchell on their 39th wedding anniversary.

Keep your fellow Oak Lawnians informed about birthdays or special events by calling (708) 899-9544.



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