First published in the Nov. 4 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
Eagle Scout Jack Gilmore, 18, recently built a 10-foot redwood bridge at Descanso Gardens for his Eagle project.
Jack is a member of Troop 502. He joined in 5th grade and served as the troop’s Senior Patrol Leader during his sophomore year. He’s currently a senior at La Cañada High School.
His other leadership roles include assistant SPL, patrol leader, troop guide and den chief. Jack earned 38 merit badges and was awarded the Den Chief Award and National Outdoor Award for camping.
Some of his favorite activities include camping, hiking, volunteering, outdoor conservation projects, and backpacking 100 miles at Philmont Scout Ranch.
Scouting has taught Jack leadership, respect and love for the outdoors and service to the community. He’ll stay active in the troop while balancing his time as a member of the LCHS wrestling team and applying to college.
David Robert Richmond, 21, passed away on April 27, 2021.
David was an energetic young man who had big ideas about changing the world. He was intelligent, funny and compassionate. He had many interesting hobbies from the time he was a small boy. In more recent years, he loved mountaineering, summiting Mt. Whitney, The Grand Teton, and Longs Peak, among others. He was interested in becoming an investor and entrepreneur and was an early proponent of cryptocurrency.
David was a graduate of Hoggs Hollow Preschool & Kindergarten, Palm Crest Elementary, La Cañada Junior High School, and the Fusion Academy. He was an Eagle Scout. David was a student at Brigham Young University.
David will truly be missed. He is remembered as a meticulously dressed, well-spoken young man with a large vocabulary and an equally large number of quips at the ready. Continue reading “David Robert Richmond | Obituary”
Lord John Russell, who served as the United Kingdom’s prime minister in the mid-1860s, called a proverb “the wisdom of many and the wit of one.” So many of the proverbial sayings that express a perceived truth and have become an indelible part of our lexicon can be traced back to ancient Greek philosophers, Confucius other ancient Chinese sages, and the Dutch philosopher Desiderius Erasmus, who was widely considered to have been one of the greatest scholars of the Northern Renaissance. Perhaps some of the most notable of those words of wisdom can be found in King Solomon’s Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament and the Apostle Paul’s epistles in the New Testament. In fact, it is one of St. Paul’s proverbs, found in his epistle to the Galatians, that is among the best known: “Whatever a man soweth, so shall he reap.”
Chris Motia is a senior graduating from La Cañada High School. For his Eagle project, Chris and volunteers built 120 lineal feet of lodge pole and railings at Eaton Canyon Equestrian and Staging Area for the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department. They also planted California native and drought-resistant plants and mulch to cover 440 square feet.
Chris has been a member of the La Cañada High School choral men’s ensemble for the past four years and the LCHS concert choir for the past three years. He’s traveled to Spain, Chicago and Italy with the choir.
In the fall, Chris will attend Indiana University on a four-year Army ROTC scholarship.
Douglas Clifford Paine started his Scouting experience with Cub Scouts at La Cañada Elementary School. He earned his Arrow of Light and bridged over to La Cañada Boy Scout Troop 507. As a result of his Scouting influence, Douglas is a shining example of a team leader. His brother Derrick earned his Eagle award in 2010.
Douglas’ Eagle project required numerous hours of hard work with the help of many fellow Scouts, Scoutmasters and parent volunteers. The project location was the Eaton Canyon Equestrian & Staging Area for the L.A. County Parks and Recreation Department. A 120-foot-long fence was installed in addition to planting drought-tolerant plants along the length of the fence. Douglas graduated as a member of the La Cañada Flintridge class of 2017.
Matthew Richmond, Loyola High School ’16, and Santa Clara University ’21, earned the Arrow of Light Award, joining Boy Scout Troop 507 in 2008. Matthew held leadership positions and participated in camporees, backpacking, rock-climbing, white-water rafting and glider trips. He visited Cherry Valley, Chiwanakee, Trask, Whitsett and Holcomb Valley camps. He received a World Conservation Award and earned 29 merit badges. In 2014, he received a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for completing more than 300 service hours. Matthew was a CSF member in 2014 and 2015. For his Eagle Scout project, he rehabilitated a memorial statue and created a concrete paver patio at St. Bede Church. More than 401 hours went into the project, funded through doughnut sales and donations.
Connor Thomas has been a member of Troop 507 for seven years. He has held several leadership positions, including attendance coordinator, reporter, patrol leader and historian. Connor’s most memorable trips include the World Jamboree in Japan and a 12-day canoeing trip through Boundary Waters.
For his Eagle project, Connor rebuilt a garden at Crestview Preparatory Elementary School. The project was successfully completed with the help of 38 Troop 507 members and friends working 240 hours. The garden will be used in Crestview’s science program.
Connor believes reaching Eagle is not the end of Scouting, but a recognition of adhering to the spirit of Scouting: duty to respect others, to achieve one’s personal best and to give back to the community.