Pictured from left to right, Mr. and Mrs. McLoughlin, Kiwanian Jim Schafer, Ryan McLoughlin, receiving the Kiwanis Club's seventh Youth Service Award, Kiwanians Alan Aronow and Jeff Farr
Last year Boy Scout Ryan McLoughlin approached the Trustees of Weston's Historical Society with an interesting proposition. As a last step towards earning his Eagle Scout badge, Ryan had to complete a community service project.
His idea was to upgrade Weston's historic old Post Office located adjacent to Bisceglie-Scribner Park on RT 53.
According to Ryan "I wanted to create a re-awareness of the 'Old' Post Office by improving the outside areas and signing to make this historical town landmark a nicer place so that more people would visit and take an interest in it."
Working with Historical Society volunteer Jim Schaper, Ryan spent about 125 hours clearing debris, repairing a bridge, pruning trees, creating trails and new signs making the 'Old' Post Office more visible and accessible to the public.
His work was so successful that the Historical Society, led by volunteers Judy Albin and Karin Giannitti, was able to give tours of the 1780 building to over 200 of Weston's second graders last month. In addition to serving as Weston's post office from 1838 until 1910, the building also was a General Store.
Weston's Kiwanis Club was informed of Ryan's community service project and deemed it worthy of the Club's coveted Youth Service Award - their highest honor bestowed upon students attending Weston's schools. According the Kiwanis Vice-President Jeff Farr, "Ryan's efforts serve as a positive example that you're never too young to really make a difference in the community." Ryan is the 11th student to receive the Kiwanis Youth Service Award.