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Eagle Scout Award to be Presented

RYAN ANDREW FARBACHER, of 512 Langdon Drive Gibsonia PA 15044, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award. Farbacher will be recognized at a ceremony on Sunday March 22, 2015 2:00 PM at St. Richards Church Social Hall at 3841 Dickey Rd, Gibsonia, PA 15044. A member of Troop 344 chartered to Salem United Methodist Church Wexford PA, Farbacher is one of approximately four percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to Scoutmaster Tim Harris. Each candidate must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and successfully complete a service project to receive the Eagle award; Farbacher earned forty four merit badges and completed fundraising for and construction of a pavilion at St. Richards Church in Richland Township. The pavilion will offer a gathering location for the parish and for the Pine Richland Soccer Club which uses the soccer fields at St. Richards Church. The pavilion was constructed with over 700 hours of volunteer labor which was planned and organized by Farbacher. A time lapse video of the construction can be found at Farbacher has served his troop as Librarian, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Scribe, Den Chief, and now serves as Senior Patrol Leader. He has attended summer camp at Heritage Reservation in Farmington PA, the National Scout Jamboree at Bechtel Summit Reservation in Mt. Hope WV, and a weeklong ocean sailing/scuba trip with his troop in Nassau. During that trip he earned the PADI Advanced Open Water Divers certificate. Farbacher joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, and cinematographer Steven Spielberg. Farbacher is a member of St Richards Parish and recently performed in The Sound of Music at Pine Richland Middle School where he is in eighth grade. He is also a member of the band and orchestra at the Pine Richland Middle School