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02-20-16 Confection Connection

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12-25-15 Troop 27 Helps with Wreaths Across Americ

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07-01-15 Troop 27 Bikes Cape Cod Rail Trail

12-24-14 Troop 27 Honors Veterans

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12-12-14 Troop 27 Holds Food Drive

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12-05-14 Troop 27 Hikes in the Berkshires

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10-17-14 Troop 27 Helps Save the World

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In Loving Memory of W. Austin Mazo

It is with a heavy heart that we share the tragic loss of one of our own.  Eagle Scout William Austin Mazo passed away on December 26th, 2013.  Our entire troop sends its deepest condolences and prayers of heeling to our Committee Chair, Jim Mazo, his wife Paula and fellow scout Emery Mazo during this difficult time.

"When you are sorrowful look again to your heart and you will see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight"

11-26-13 Troop 27 to Visit Arlington with Wreaths

Wreaths lay among graves of war veterans at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. The Durham Boy Scouts Troop 27 is taking part in the National Wreaths Across America Day Dec. 14 by accepting donations to lay wreaths as a way of honoring those who served our country (photo courtesy of Wreaths Across America)


DURHAM >> For more than 20 years, Wreaths Across America has served the dual purpose of remembering the veterans who served our country and educating our youth about the sacrifices veterans and their families made in fighting for our freedom.



Earlier this month, the Boy Scouts Troop 27 chapter took part in honoring our fallen heroes as part of the town’s annual Veterans Day ceremony. Now, they will proudly be helping the nonprofit organization by seeking donations to help lay wreaths on graves at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, as part of National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 14.



The event marks a first for Troop 27 and assistant scoutmaster Jason Sokol, who spearheaded the trip as a way to give his Scouts an experience that will be both fun and educational.



“Sometimes this generation seems to forget about those guys that risked everything for us,” said Sokol. “It’s something that needs to be reiterated so that they know how important this stuff is.”



Troop 27 Committee Chairman Jim Mazo said that scouting is about honor, and having their troop travel down to our nation’s capital stresses that tradition.



“Our troop has a strong history of recognizing those who have served our country and this is just another way of us being able to get involved,” said Mazo. “We want to remember those who have served and those who have fallen.”



According to Wreaths Across America Executive Director Karen Worcester, the service men and women of our country should be honored for their sacrifices every day — not just on Veterans Day and Memorial Day. The organization has set a goal of placing 500,000 wreaths on veterans’ graves this year.



“At many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving, or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Worcester. “We think there is no better time to express our appreciation than during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.”



Anyone interested in purchasing a wreath for the Scouts may do so by visiting After placing the order, enter CTBSA27 as the group ID at the checkout page, where a receipt for a tax deductible donation will be presented.



The donations are being accepted until Monday, Dec. 2. After that, the wreaths will be shipped to Arlington where the troop will place them on graves in a specific area of the cemetery, Sokol said.

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11-11-13 Troop 27 Honors Veterans

Local residents participate in Durham’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony held on the town green Monday. Michael T. Lyle Jr. - The Middletown Press


DURHAM >> At Monday’s annual Veterans Day ceremony, Durham VFW Post #10169 Quartermaster Bob Peterson made it clear as to why Veteran’s Day is a day that should be cherished every year.

“Everyone and anyone who has served this country is honorable,” said Peterson.

A Vietnam veteran, Peterson joined scores of community supporters in honoring those who have served and given their lives in the Armed Forces.

The ceremony, which began shortly after 11 a.m. with a reading from Peterson on the significance of the national holiday, featured brief remarks by First Selectwoman Laura Francis and participation by members of the Boy Scouts Troop 27 as well as players from the Coginchaug High School football team.

After the raising and lowering of an American flag near a memorial near the center of the town green, a handful of residents were invited to share a few words about some of their relatives and loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our country.

“Every year it seems we’re getting more people coming out to support this,” said Peterson, who helped coordinate the event. “Just to remember the vets in this manner shows how big and important this day is for all of us.”

10-09-13 Troop 27 Goes Green with Eco Club

Composting, recycling address fair trash

A composting program began this year at the 94th annual Durham Fair and was a success, according to Marilyn Keurajian of the Clean Energy and Sustainability Task Force.

The program, which covers of Durham and Middlefield, was started by the task force, which is chaired by Susan Michael. The program was initially open only to civic groups in the first year because of familiarity. Approximately 27 booths participated.

According to Keurajian, some commercial vendors found out about the program at the last minute and were so enthusiastic about composting they also participated. Booths such as the Coginchaug Little League, the Levi Coe Library, and the Benchwarmers put compostable trash in specially marked green bins on loan from HQ Carting. Volunteers, who came from Michael’s ECO Club at Coginchaug Regional High School and others who heard about the program, emptied those bins in the morning and checked two other times during fair days.

Some of the compostable materials included food scraps, meat and certain other items that would otherwise end up in the trash. Keurajian said, “We told people pretty much everything but fish guts and children,” which instructed volunteers on the range of compostable materials and also served as a test to see if they were listening.

According to Keurajian, the John Lyman corn booth produced the highest volume of compostable material at the fair with “bags and bags of corn husks” and the Durham Co-op had some of the heaviest barrels because of the chicken scraps.

The material will go to a commercial interest and be broken down into a dark, nutrient rich soil. According to Keurajian, composting has a two-fold benefit. “You’re getting a usable product and you’re not throwing things away so you’re making the waste stream smaller.”

Many booths displayed signs advertising their participation in the program. The signs featured a cartoon worm with the words, “We’re feeding the tiniest livestock.”

The program relied on a grant from the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation and additional support from RJ Consulting.

Participatants in the program, both at the task force and in booths, have already started talking about repeating the program next year. Keurajian said, “There was a lot of talk that started with ‘You know what you should do next year ...’”

Traditional recycling also continued with volunteers for the eighth straight year at the Durham Fair. Boy Scout Troop 27 of Durham and more members of CRHS’s ECO Club made multiple loops around the fair to pull swollen bags of bottles and cans out of blue barrels.

According to Boy Scout leader and tractor-driver Mike Phenicie, a group empties the recyclable containers three or four times per day. The bags have to be sorted after collection, said Phenicie, because people still put trash in the blue barrels despite the signs and the narrow tubes on the top of each barrel for deposits.

Many bottles still have soda or water in them when the volunteers pull them out and have to be rinsed. Phenicie also said that the bins sometimes contain alcohol bottles and cans, which are not supposed to be on the fairgrounds but are recyclable.

On Saturday night at the fair, according to Phenicie, the crowds were so tight and barrels so full, a round of collection took two hours.

09-23-13 Eagle Scout Project for Local Fair

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08-08-13 National Forest Clean-Up

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06-19-13 Eagle Scout Honored

04-30-13 Troop 27 Visits 9/11 Memorial and Intrepi

Published in The Patch 04-30-13

By Joseph Venables

On Saturday, April 13  Boy Scout Troop 27 went to NYC to visit the 9/11 Memorial that now stands where the Twin Towers once stood. We left from Union Station in New Haven and took a two hour Metro North train ride to Grand Central station in NY.

The troop then made their way to the 9/11 Memorial by subway. Across the street from the memorial is a plaque that is on the side of a fire station listing the names of those firemen that lost their lives in the buildings. The entrance to the memorial was packed with spectators who wanted to look at the memorial.

"Stay in single file. There's a lot of other people here and we don't want anyone to get lost," said the scout leader.

When the troop finally got into the memorial site, they saw the base of the over 100 story buildings that has been turned into small waterfalls filled with sparkling water.  The troop searched for the name of one of the scout's aunt who was one of the victims of the 9/11 attack and found it.

The troop then left the memorial site, traveling again by subway to our second stop: the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. The Intrepid is a famous aircraft carrier that served in World War II. The ship was decommissioned in 1974 and was turned into a museum.

Today it is permanently docked at Pier 86 on the west side of Manhattan Island in the Hudson River. There are about 15 fighter jets and helicopters on the top deck of the ship from different time periods. The space shuttle Enterprise was tied down on the back part of the ship, but was "off limits" because Hurricane Sandy damaged the enclosure that was to be put around the ship, delaying the opening of the ship tours.

The Intrepid also acted as a pick up for astronauts that would land in the Atlantic ocean. The Intrepid was hit by two kamikaze attacks, one in 1944, and the other in 1945. Troop 27 toured the inside of the great carrier and toured through the captain's quarters, the navigation room, bunks, and even the bathrooms. There is also a submarine to tour through that used to carry nuclear missiles.

There are also some entertaining things to do in the museum such as a flight simulator that puts the customer in a battle situation in a plane with a joystick that responds to what the aircraft does. The troop saw a NYC high school band playing Navy songs on the top of the ship.

At the end of the tour of the Intrepid, the troop walked to Times Square, the most crowded part of New York City. Street performers wander through crowds of people to take pictures with young kids  Huge, brightly lit advertisements stood on the sides of buildings. The troop split up and ate dinner in a few of the many restaurants lining Times Square. Several of us visited an M&M's store where the young scouts bought at least 1 pound of M&M's each!

The troop met up at a designated point at 8:30 PM to return by foot to Grand Central Station to catch the train back to Connecticut. It was a very busy and fun day!

Don't be bored! Troop 27 meets on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the United Churches of Durham Hall.

04-23-13 Austin Mazo's Eagle Project

Austin Mazo of Middlefield has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award.

He was recognized for his achievement in February during a ceremony at the United Churches of Durham. As a member of the Connecticut Rivers Council, Troop 27 in Durham, Austin is one of approximately two percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to Scoutmaster Michael Phenicie.

Each candidate must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, and successfully organize, lead and complete a community service project.

Over 165 service hours were logged in the creation of his service project at the entrance of the Coe Hill Property on School Street in Middlefield.

“As a resident of Middlefield, I thought it was important for my project to benefit residents of my community” said Austin. The project consisted of mapping the property, creation of a kiosk and map of the area at the trail head, a brief description of the property highlights, and a parking area to facilitate access. Brush and debris were also cleared around the fire suppression pond located on the property.

He has served as patrol leader for Troop 27 on multiple occasions, and was elected to assistant senior patrol leader in September of 2009. Mr. Mazo was chosen to attend the National Youth Leadership Training through the Boy Scouts of America by his scoutmaster. He also attended the 100th National Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia in 2010.

Austin is a senior at Vinal Technical High School in Middletown, Conn. specializing in Manufacturing. He will be completing a four year apprenticeship in manufacturing at Powerhold, Inc. in Middlefield upon graduation.

Austin recently won first place in the Connecticut state SkillsUSA competition for manufacturing, and will represent Connecticut in the National SkillsUSA competition held in Kansas City, Kansas in June.

He enjoys camping, adventure sports, swimming, hunting and dirt biking.

03-22-13 Troop 27 Hosts Community Supper

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11-16-12 Troop 27 Honors Veterans in Town Ceremony

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11-16-12 Troop 27 Rocket Launching

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Philmont, New Mexico

Older scouts from Troop 27 took a two week high-adventure trip to Philmont in New Mexico.  Cut off from all communication, armed with nothing more that what they could carry in their packs, these courageous boys embarked on a journey of self discovery.
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Skydiving in New Hampshire

New scouts to Troop 27 took to the skies...relatively speaking.  Following a weekend camping trip and hike up Mount Monadnock the boys strapped on their gear and had the adventure of a lifetime at indoor skydiving!
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