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  1. An announcement on May 16 fleshed out those reports, as The Conservation Fund (TCF) proclaimed its partnership with the Greater New York Councils of Boy Scouts of America (GNYC) to preserve the majority of the land at TMR. ... The multi-year conservation effort announced by TCF and GNYC will kick off with TCF’s purchase of nearly 6,100 acres of TMR land. A second phase will follow, bringing the total land sold to around 9,400 acres. GNYC will keep its active summer camp facilities, an area encompassing 2,100 acres. It will also continue to use the conserved area for charitable p
  2. Found these two "Opinion on Confirmation" by Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Carey (recalled Judge Silberstein fired her mentor). One plan he rejected (49 pages) and one he approved (29 pages). I have not found previous Judge Silberstein opinions. Given the complexity of the case, I could understand her opinion writing taking longer. Rejected the Fourth Amended Plan of Exide Batteries in 2002 https://www.deb.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions/judge-kevin-j.carey/exide.pdf Approved reorganization plan of Abengoa in 2016. Note objection of US Trustee objection to third party releas
  3. Over the weekend, Syracuse/Watertown,NY news sources reported a "Boy Scout" (15yr old) threatening a school with a rifle. The "Boy Scout" had attended a scouting event where U.S. Army personnel were present. His proud mother took a video. The reports were short on facts and video links ... and now the rest of the story The mother of the Boy Scout seen in the video recorded the eight-second video, which her son then posted on his private Snapchat account, according to Scott Armstrong, director of national media relations for the BSA. The scout was “holding a rifle swung over his shoulder.
  4. Troop 26 scouts were returning on Georgia I-75 from a week-long camping trip when the van in front of them blew its back tires and flip... They rescued a family of four. Good story of scouts with video https://www.wjcl.com/article/georgia-boy-scout-crash-rescue/40271959 Well done. Scout salute.
  5. Yes, Barry with your knowledge, experience, and passion for Scouting, you would be a great choice! 👍
  6. Some questions: For Chapter 11 reorganization plan confirmation doesn't the judge also have to believe the plan will not lead to Chapter 7? And if this reorganization plan is not confirmed or confirmed but overturned, at what point with more expenses than income in the following months will the BSA become less valuable as an operating entity than in liquidation (Chapter 7)?
  7. IMHO, we are not in their league even though the BSA likely greatly outspends UK Scouting. Maybe Mr. Grylls and some of his ambassadors can recruit and train our new leaders for the reboot. There is even a precedent for this, recall the BSA started after a British scout guided a lost American through the fog! As a start, we could ask to edit his video which already includes some Americans.
  8. Mark Chapman, the first man to be charged by Michigan AG's investigation into the Boy Scouts of America, has been found fit to stand trial. His probable cause conference is set for June 29 at 8 a.m. Chapman was earlier charged with eight counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) and two counts of first-degree CSC against two victims. More at sources: https://www.wlns.com/news/michigan/man-charged-in-boy-scouts-investigation-can-stand-trial/ https://www.9and10news.com/2022/06/10/man-charged-in-boy-scouts-investigation-found-competent-to-stand-trial/
  9. I think we are seeing that with Connecticut Yankee Council sale of Deer Lake.
  10. Why not create one? Isn't this what we Scouters do, develop leaders? How many times have we thought one of our scouts should become President or our PLC should replace the National Council ? My $0.01
  11. The Narragansett Council announced in May that its Executive Board decided to sell Camp Cachalot in South Carver, Massachusetts, to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and to sell Camp Norse in Kingston, Massachusetts, to a separate nonprofit with plans to lease the property. Proceeds from the real estate sales will be part of the council’s $6.45 million contribution to a $2.6 billion sex abuse survivors compensation trust established as a result of a class-action lawsuit against the National Boy Scouts of America. https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/boy-scouts-selling-massachusetts-camps-
  12. Update 06/08/2022: The Finley-Albright Boy Scout Reservation is scheduled for closing in August to developer George Emerson; while the sale has not been publicly announced, Emerson confirmed by phone Friday that he has the nearly 550 acres located at 11301 Trents Bridge Road under contract for an undisclosed amount. ... “The Heart of Virginia Council’s share of the collective survivor trust fund is just over $2 million, due this month,” wrote Heart of Virginia Council Executive George McGovern in a May 12 letter. “The HOVC Board of Directors has identified the Albright Scout Res
  13. 988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022. When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to
  14. The new national (USA) three-digit number — 988 — (mental health version of 911) is meant to connect people in mental health crises with those who are specially trained to respond to such situations. The easy-to-remember number launches July 16. ... According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 20 percent of Americans will have a mental illness in any given year. And reports of mental health problems have been growing in recent years, even before the Covid pandemic. More at source: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/mental-health/988-suicide-prevention-hotl
  15. Camp Gustin (95 acres) is among 20 properties selected for Land for Maine’s Future conservation program. Matt Klutzaritz, Pine Tree Council CSE, said the property is expected to be conveyed in the next few months. “We are pleased the Androscoggin Land Trust will be purchasing the property, thus protecting it in perpetuity for Scouts and the general public,” Klutzaritz said. “We have been working with Androscoggin Land Trust for some time and we feel that this is an excellent collaboration for this wonderful property.” Aimee Dorval, executive director of Androscoggin Land Trust, said
  16. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has purchased 477 acres at the former Woodland Trails Scout Reservation and will make it a part of state’s wildlife preserve in Preble County. ODNR paid the Miami Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America $1.815 million for the property, according to Brian Plasters, Ohio Division of Wildlife spokesman. ... Jeffrey Schiavone, Miami Valley Council scout executive/CEO, said the final parcel, the core area of the camp, has not been placed on the market for sale. The portion that was sold last week was deemed as “excess l
  17. Update 06/06/2022: Two men (brothers) are in custody in connection with the statue theft. Both are charged with possession of stolen goods greater than $10,000 and malicious damage to property greater than $10,000. https://abcnews4.com/news/local/arrests-made-after-suspects-cut-up-life-sized-boy-scout-statue-attempt-to-sell-parts https://www.live5news.com/2022/06/06/brothers-accused-stealing-cutting-up-boy-scout-statue/
  18. Mark Twain said "Buy Land. They're not making any more." Senator Blumenthal's comment regarding the existing National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund (establlished in 1964) appears on the mark. LWCF project map list: https://lwcf.tplgis.org/mappast/ On August 4, 2020, the Great American Outdoors Act became law, further funding the LWCF.
  19. Other thoughts: - purchase a surplus MacKenzie statue from a council about to be merged. - 3D scan my 4" x 1.5" MacKensie and scale for full size mold fabrication. - borrow another council's statue, cut into the 3 or 4? sections sufficient for molding new statue. Re-weld - recycle, move on, plant a tree. I really cannot see purchasing a replacement statue. 👍 My $0.01
  20. ...now if part of the statute could be put back together by scouts, that would speak to our character, say akin to our cracked Liberty Bell. my $0.02, A Boy Scout Merit Badge Camp at Sikeston Career and Technology Center (MO) is hosting a welding event for scouts to gain hands-on learning experience with welding. ”Right now, we have around 130 to 150 participants,” said Welding Instructor Brent Trankler. “It’s an exposure to a skill in trade that they might not get to see. We’ve used it as a recruitment tool for my class here and we get a lot of kids interested in it at y
  21. “I am emphasizing to my colleagues that there is a clear urgency here,” said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat who thinks there may be federal funds available to buy Scout properties. “We have no time to waste.” Sen. Blumenthal has said he’s looking into the possible use of money from the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund to help in the purchase of the Connecticut camp and the other Boy Scout properties for sale across the nation. Individual states decide which projects to pay for with that money. Sen. Blumenthal said selling camps to develop
  22. Does Council have insurance coverage for this?
  23. Update June, 2022 No surprise, this Scout is now an Outdoor Contributor to the Bangor Daily News (Maine). https://bangordailynews.com/author/nolanraymond/
  24. I wonder if lead was added to original bronze (copper and tin alloy as I remember from Metallurgy MB back in the day).
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