Members of Boy Scout Troop 224 who received their Eagle Scout status on Monday evening included (front) from left, Drew Kuhlman, Nick Buckland, Ben Schaub, Tyson Niese, Lucas Wank and (back) Zac Bellman, Sam Schmenk, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Dean, Aaron Powell and Reid Carr. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Members of Boy Scout Troop 224 who received their Eagle Scout status on Monday evening included (front) from left, Drew Kuhlman, Nick Buckland, Ben Schaub, Tyson Niese, Lucas Wank and (back) Zac Bellman, Sam Schmenk, Daniel Hughes, Hayden Dean, Aaron Powell and Reid Carr. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
OTTAWA — Eleven Ottawa-Glandorf and Miller City New Cleveland Boy Scouts received their Eagle Scout Award on Monday evening during a special ceremony at the Ottawa VFW. The Eagle Scouts are all members of Troop 224. This brings the total number of 217 members of Boy Scout Troop 224 who have achieved Eagle Scout status according to John Agner, Boy Scout Charter Organization Representative.

Agner said There were 53 who made this status prior to 1987. The remainder reached this status after 1987. Scout Master Scott Ketner took over as scout master in 1987. He served as assistant Scout Master from 1982 to 1987.

On Monday during the Ottawa Kiwanis meeting, Ketner was presented with a plaque in recognition of his years as scout master. The Ottawa Kiwanis are the Charter Organization for Boy Scout Troop 224.

Ketner said this year’s Eagle Scouts put in over 1,500 hours of community service as they completed their projects. The projects included numerous service areas including landscaping, coordinating and identifying trees in Ottawa and constructing trash can covers for Memorial Park. With community service In 2015 the U.S. Department of Labor estimated community service value at $24.90 per hour. Using this figure this year’s Eagle Scout recipients put over $37,000 of community service work back into their communities.

This year’s Eagle Scout recipients are Zac Bellman, Nick Buckland, Reid Carr, Hayden Dean, Daniel Hughes, Drew Kuhlman, Tyson Niese, Aaron Powell, Ben Schaub, Sam Schmenk, and Lucas Wank.

Zac Bellman

Zac is the son of Kevin and Missi Bellman. He is a freshman at Ottawa-Glandorf High School. For his Eagle Scout project Zac made trash can covers for the Memorial Park in Ottawa. He made a total of 18 covers and painted them all green. They are all currently in storage and will be brought out after winter.

Nick Buckland

Nick, a sophomore at Ottawa-Glandorf High School, is the son of Gary and Cindy Buckland. For his Eagle Scout project he identified 700 trees recently planted on flood sites by species in Ottawa and determined the GPS coordinates for the village of Ottawa.

Reid Carr

Reid is the son of Todd and Nancy Carr. He is a sophomore at Miller City-New Cleveland High School. For his Eagle Scout project Reid did re-mulching and landscaping at Ottawa Trinity United Methodist Church.

Hayden Dean

Hayden is a freshman at Ottawa-Glandorf High School. He is the son of Brian and Wanda Dean. For his Eagle Scout project Hayden made new dugouts for the Ottawa Park C field. This project helped the Ottawa Baseball Association have more accommodating and comfortable dugouts for both home and away teams.

Daniel Hughes

Daniel is the son of Chuck Hughes and Kristy Parker. He is a sophomore at Ottawa-Glandorf High School. For his Eagle Scout project he did landscaping at the Putnam County Airport.

Drew Kuhlman

Drew is a sophomore at Ottawa-Glandorf High School. He is the son of Steve and Kelly Kuhlman. For his Eagle Scout project Drew did landscaping at the nursing home.

Tyson Niese

Tyson is the son of Steve and Andrea Liebrecht and the late Steve Niese. He is a junior at Miller City High School. For his Eagle Scout project he installed a walkway to the memorial for the former St. Isidore Catholic Church in Cuba and also did landscaping at the site

Aaron Powell

Aaron is a junior at Ottawa-Glandorf High School. He is the son of Don and Jan Powell. For his Eagle Scout project Aaron did landscaping at Sts. Peter and Paul School. The Locust Street flagpole was sanded, primed and painted and the 4th Street flag pole was also painted. Hedges in front of the Locust Street building were trimmed or removed and replaced with 11 new plants.

Ben Schaub

Ben is the son of John and Nancy Schaub. He is a junior at Ottawa-Glandorf High School. For Ben’s Eagle Scot Project he worked at Our Lords Park in Ottawa. He scraped the fountain and repainted it blue and also remade the benches at the park.

Sam Schmenk

Sam is a freshman at Ottawa-Glandorf High School. He is the son of Matt and Dawn Schmenk. For Sam’s Eagle Scout project he replaced the sign at the back entrance of Ottawa Memorial Park and did landscaping at this site.

Lucas Wank

Lucas Wank is the son of Robert and Karen Wank. He is a sophomore at Miller City-New Cleveland High School. For Lucas’s Eagle Scout project he repainted the basketball lines and all the 4-square and hopscotch lines in the school playground. He also removed the tire rubber from the spot where the new equipment was being assembled and installed another basketball pole.