By Mark E. Vogler
The Yankee Clipper Council honored 177 Boy Scouts Friday night during its annual Eagle Scout recognition banquet held at the Wyndham Boston Andover. Among those earning Scouting's highest honor last year were 56 Eagles from 14 communities across the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire.
The local Eagle Scouts include:
Amesbury: Zachary Eaton and Christopher Ellen, Troop 4.
Andover: Jesse-Paul Crane, Troop 73; Christopher Byrne, Troop 76; Alexander Davidson, Troop 77; Evan Gaj and Ioannis Wallingford, Troop 79; John Scarborough, Troop 100.
Atkinson: Andrew Cummings, Matthew Cummings, Robert Patterson and Zachary Ryan, Troop 9.
Georgetown: Ryan Flynn, Crew 609; Sean McGrath, Troop 50; Matthew Hartford, Noah Loomis and Richard Paganelli, Troop 51.
Groveland: Stephen Girard, Jr,, Dallis Hurd and Steven Schulz, Troop 87.
Hampstead: William Conte, Andrew Ferguson and Ryan Guest, Troop 33.
Haverhill: Louis Fabrizio, Troop 1.
Methuen: Brandon LaPorte, Troop 51; David Marsan and David Veilleux, Troop 53; and Christopher Day, Troop 96.
Middleton: Howard Mechanic and Dylan Roy, Troop 19.
Newton: Corey Bailey, Troop 91,
North Andover: Ryan Bowe, Andrew Colello, Christopher Danielson, Garrett Galvin, Lucas Lombardo, Nicholas Terranova and Shane Wescott, Troop 82; Benjamin Ferguson, Daniel Gottfried and Philip Gustenhoven, Troop 87.
Plaistow: Eric Couilliard and Mark Fowler, Troop 18.
West Boxford: Samuel Dik, Tyler Hall, Ryan Therrien, Richard Warren and Benjamin Zaniewski, Troop 51; Ryan Aldridge, Tyler Careri, Jeffrey Cosgrove, Alexander Dzwil, Michael Merriam, Jacob Muetterties and Matthew Schroer, Troop 57.
West Newbury: Seth Gorman, Troop 26.
The council includes troops from 52 communities in Essex County and Southern New Hampshire and numbers more than 8,600 boys.
This year's Eagle Scout class was recognized in honor of Thomas P. Kehoe, a retired educator who earned his Eagle Scout award in 1966 with Troop 3 in Manchester, where he has spent many years since as an adult leader of that unit, including seven years as its scoutmaster and more recently serving as an assistant scoutmaster. His scouting service includes many positions at the district, council, state and national level.
Friday night's guest speaker was Edmund M. Walker, a 28-year veteran of the fire service who has served more than five years as the director of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy.