Two Boy Scouts from Richland Township soon will be Eagle Scouts and others are benefiting from that feat.

Both Tim Kralik and Matthew Bausher had to fulfill a number of criteria, including projects that serve others, to earn the highest rank in the Scouts.

Their projects should be reviewed soon and if approved, they will become Eagle Scouts.

Tim’s project is helping troops overseas and Matthew’s is benefiting his church.

Tim, a member of Troop 100, sponsored by Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Richland, put together 30 care packages for National Guard troops from the Johnstown region. The packages will be shipped soon.

He held fundraising events to raise money to buy items and to pay to ship the care packages.

One such fundraiser was at the Dollar Tree in the Richland Town Centre, where customers were asked to contribute to the cause. Scoutmaster Ron Newsom helped Tim to man a booth at the store that day.

Tim, a senior at Bishop McCort High School, said local businesses were generous and donated money that he used to buy items.

Tim said his fellow Scouts, plus his parents, Jim and Sue Kralik, and the American Legion were a big help also.

“I have respect for our troops,” he said about why it was important for him to do the project.

“They are overseas and away from their families defending freedom. I just wanted to do something to show them that the whole community is behind them.”

Matthew was planning to conduct his project over the weekend to coincide with Arbor Day, which was Friday.

With the help of others, Matthew planned to plant 200 red oak saplings in the huge back yard of the parsonage of the Elton Zion United Methodist Church on Mount Airy Drive.

He said he will plant two dogwood trees and various shrubs in front of a basement stairway at the front of the parsonage and two flowering pear trees near the roadway.

“The back yard will be a nice place to hold church gatherings once the trees grow up,” said Matthew, a member of Troop 25, sponsored by the Richland Township Fire Department.

The trees and shrubbery at the front of the parsonage will make the front of the parsonage more attractive, he said.

Matthew, a junior at Richland High School, said helpers who signed up for the project were fellow Scouts; Scoutmaster Matt Wensel; his parents, Rich and Ruth Bausher; his sisters, Alexis and Elizabeth; friends; fellow members of his church; and the pastor of his church, Wayne Cleary.

Supporting his project with contributions were Lowe’s, Stuver’s Riverside Nursery, Bruce Nursery, and Keeley’s Lawn Care, all of the Johnstown area.

“It’s important to help the church,” Matthew said, because the church is there to serve others.

For their efforts, Matthew and Tim, both of Richland Township, are the Persons of the Week.

The commander of the American Legion post, Matt Morgan, said Tim has done a great job with the care packages.

Morgan, an Air Force veteran who has served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, said he knows personally how care packages can boost the morale of troops.

“I have received care packages from Johnstown, and knowing that someone from my hometown was looking out for me made it more special,” he said.

“We’re very proud of Tim.”

Cleary of the Elton church said Matthew has done a great job of organizing the project.

“We’re proud of him,” he said.

The trees and shrubs in front of the parsonage will make the structure and the community look more attractive.

Trees in the back yard can be harvested in the future to pay for church ministries or to help pay for improvements to the church, he said.


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