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2018-12-05 / Front Page

Scouts Honor

Boy Scouts Present Annual Awards
By Lillian Browne


Max Pascarella, 10, Fleischmanns, presented former Congressman Chris Gibson with the Distinguished Citizen Award at the 2018 Good Scout Award ceremony held at the Castle on the Delaware in Walton on Nov. 29. Lillian Browne/The Reporter Max Pascarella, 10, Fleischmanns, presented former Congressman Chris Gibson with the Distinguished Citizen Award at the 2018 Good Scout Award ceremony held at the Castle on the Delaware in Walton on Nov. 29. Lillian Browne/The Reporter WALTON - Three men who have served their communities in multiple ways were honored at the Leatherstocking Foothills District annual Good Scout Award dinner at The Castle on the Delaware in Walton on Nov. 29.

Walter Gladstone of Andes received the 2018 Good Scout Award, presented by 2017 Good Scout Award recipient and former Delaware County Sheriff Tom Mills. Gladstone has a history of community service serving on the board of directors of the National Bank of Delaware County and as a trustee in the Presbyterian Church. Gladstone has been a member of the Andes Fire Department for 50 years and has served as an appointee to the SUNY Delhi College Council. He was named as a “Friend of the Extension” by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County and served his community as Andes mayor and town supervisor.


Former Delaware County Sheriff and 2017 recipient of the Leatherstocking Council’s Good Scout Award Tom Mills presented Walter Gladstone of Andes with the 2018 Good Scout Award. Lillian Browne/The Reporter Former Delaware County Sheriff and 2017 recipient of the Leatherstocking Council’s Good Scout Award Tom Mills presented Walter Gladstone of Andes with the 2018 Good Scout Award. Lillian Browne/The Reporter Gladstone is a philanthropist and has donated generously to the Margaretville Hospital, the Andes Public Library, 4-H Camp Shankitunk, Future Farmers of America and the Boy Scouts of America Leatherstocking Council.

Gladstone has a strong work ethic and deep connection to the agriculture industry. Mills thanked Gladstone for being a friend of scouting - both boys and girls.

Former Congressman Chris Gibson was presented with the Distinguished Citizens Award by Fleischmanns’ Cub Scout, Max Pascarella, age 10, who is a Webelo in Pack 80.


Boy Scout Troop 80 from Margaretville, was in attendance at the Leatherstocking Council’s annual Good Scout Award ceremony on Nov. 29. Pictured are: Jeff Lehn, Terry Lehn, Doug Odell, Bill Skovoda, David Rizzo, Michael Casabianca, Shannon Rizzo, Brandon Odell, Will Murphy and Christian Davis. Lillian Browne/The Reporter Boy Scout Troop 80 from Margaretville, was in attendance at the Leatherstocking Council’s annual Good Scout Award ceremony on Nov. 29. Pictured are: Jeff Lehn, Terry Lehn, Doug Odell, Bill Skovoda, David Rizzo, Michael Casabianca, Shannon Rizzo, Brandon Odell, Will Murphy and Christian Davis. Lillian Browne/The Reporter Max is a four-year scout, an avid reader and participates in many sports such as skiing, tennis, soccer and football. His dream is to become a police officer, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and great-grandfather.

Max will complete his Arrow of Light in February 2019 and bridge to the Boy Scouts from the Cub Scouts.

Max said Gibson has inspired him. “I cannot think of a better person to honor because of all he has done to inspire others,” Max said.

“For all you have done for our country as a Congressman, a member of our Army, and as a fellow scout, I would like to congratulate you on receiving the 2018 Good Scout Award for Distinguished Citizenship,” Max said as he saluted Gibson.


The Boy Scouts of America Leatherstocking Council presented their 2018 Good Scout Awards on Nov. 29. From left, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce President Ray Pucci, Volunteer in Service recipient, Distinguished Citizen Award recipient Chris Gibson, Doug Odell, Good Scout Award recipient Walter Gladstone, Leatherstocking Scouting Executive Ray Eschenbach, Leatherstocking Council Foothills District Executive Paul van der Kruik and New York State Assemblyman Chris Tague. Lillian Browne/The Reporter The Boy Scouts of America Leatherstocking Council presented their 2018 Good Scout Awards on Nov. 29. From left, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce President Ray Pucci, Volunteer in Service recipient, Distinguished Citizen Award recipient Chris Gibson, Doug Odell, Good Scout Award recipient Walter Gladstone, Leatherstocking Scouting Executive Ray Eschenbach, Leatherstocking Council Foothills District Executive Paul van der Kruik and New York State Assemblyman Chris Tague. Lillian Browne/The Reporter Accepting the award, Gibson lauded scouting as teaching fundamental cooperation and leadership skills that help mold character to turn youth into positive, productive community members.

American exceptionalism depends on citizenship, Gibson said, and with that comes both rights and responsibilities. “We put faith and stock in fostering good people, moral people who will do what’s right, even when no one is watching,” Gibson said of what scouting teaches youth. “There is something about this program that fosters good leaders.”


New York State Assemblyman Chris Tague, representing the 102 district, presented Assembly Citations to Walter Gladstone, Chris Gibson and Doug Odell at the 2018 Leatherstocking Council Good Scout Award ceremony. Lillian Browne/The Reporter New York State Assemblyman Chris Tague, representing the 102 district, presented Assembly Citations to Walter Gladstone, Chris Gibson and Doug Odell at the 2018 Leatherstocking Council Good Scout Award ceremony. Lillian Browne/The Reporter Gibson remarked on the political divisiveness throughout the country and the “doom and gloom” portrayed by mainstream media. “There is nothing wrong with this country that can’t be fixed,” Gibson continued. The country is relying on future leaders, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, to create a strong, united country, he said.

Gibson is currently a Stanley Kaplan Distinguished Visiting Professor of American Foreign Policy at Williams College and served in the United States Army as he rose through the ranks to Colonel. During his military service he received four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. Gibson taught politics at West Point and was a national security affairs fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Gibson served as a Congressional Representative for New York’s 19th Congressional District from 2011 to 2017.

Boy Scout Troop 80 Leader Terry Lehn presented Doug Odell with the annual Volunteer in Service Award. Odell has a long history of volunteerism and currently volunteers as a firefighter for the Fleischmanns Fire Department. He has volunteered for the Wounded Warriors Project conducting water safety classes. Odell is a facilitator for the Toys for Tots program and can often be found serving dinner at homeless shelters.

Odell serves as the Boy Scout Troop 80 Committee Chairman and is a Margaretville Den Leader where his grandsons are pack members.

Odell began his police career with the New York City Bureau of Water Supply in 1984 and continued with a 22 year career with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, receiving many awards in the line of duty.

Odell operated the hyperbaric chambers for an underground tunnel project and help to build and install similar chambers in Peru. Odell currently works at Belleayre Mountain Ski Center.

New York 102 District Assemblyman Chris Tague, a former Boy Scout, presented each of the honorees with an Assembly Citation recognizing their roles as community leaders. “We appreciate everything that you have done for our youth, our country and our state,” Tague said to the award recipients.

The Boy Scouts of America began in 1910. The Leatherstocking Council provides character development and leadership skills and training to 3,200 scouts in Delaware, Herkimer, Oneida, Madison, Otsego and Schoharie Counties, as well as portions of Hamilton and Lewis Counties.

For more information about scouting contact leatherstockingcouncil. org or call 315-735- 4437.

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