During their June 24 meeting, the Commissioners recognized John Sears, who recently became an Eagle Scout. John, a young man from Sugarcreek and part of Troop 94 out of Dover, refurbished a sand volleyball court at the Dover First United Methodist Church. John built sieves by hand, sieved the sand of weeds, rocks, and debris that could be harmful to players, as well as installed an outdoor fire ring. According to John, completing the project took many hours and weekends, and he thanked the team of individuals, particularly his father Roger, who helped him complete the project. John also noted that the project was a great opportunity to develop leadership and organizational skills.

Commissioner Al Landis congratulated John on his remarkable achievement, adding that he hopes John continues to be a leader and take part in projects in Tuscarawas County. Adding to Commissioner Landis’ sentiments, Commissioner Abbuhl said that becoming an Eagle Scout is something that sets John apart from and above the norm. Commissioner Sciarretti congratulated John not only on his achievement, but also on seeing the project through. Commissioner Sciarretti noted that becoming an Eagle Scout is not only the hours put into the project but also all the camps, merit badge projects, meetings, and other activities over the many years.

Following the discussion, the Commissioners presented John with a recognition on becoming an Eagle Scout.