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EAGLE SCOUTS



Published: Mon, May 16, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



The first Troop 101 Eagle Scout will be on hand to watch the event.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- In 1975, Jim LaPolla became Boy Scout Troop 101's first Eagle Scout.

Now, 30 years later, Jim and his four brothers, all Eagle Scouts, will help celebrate the troop's 101st Eagle Scout.

An event, planned for Memorial Day weekend, will feature the award going to Michael-Jerry Savakis, of Warren. Most of the event's festivities will take place at Christ Episcopal Church on Atlantic Street.

"It's a big milestone," said Ken LaPolla, the troop's third Eagle Scout.

Earning the rank

It takes 21 merit badges to become an Eagle, plus community service and taking on a leadership role in the troop. The process takes about two years, Ken LaPolla said.

Boy Scout Troop 101 was chartered to the BPOE Elks Lodge 295 in 1975 and remains in that charter.

The troop is in the Arrowhead District, Greater Western Reserve Council.

Troop 101 was recognized by the U.S. Bicentennial Commission as the official Bicentennial Boy Scout Troop of the United States of America during the nation's 200th birthday celebration commencing in May 1975. The commission issued Troop 101 the official United States Bicentennial flag.

All in the family

"Scouting is a way of life and it's always been part of my life," said Ken LaPolla, a dentist in Howland. He shares an office with his brother, Jim, a podiatrist.

The lobby of the office is filled with Boy Scout memorabilia, including pictures of Jim, Ken and their two brothers, Michael and Vincent, when they received their Eagle Scout awards.

The wall even has awards given to their father, Dr. James LaPolla.

"They got me started in this," Dr. James LaPolla said. "They were so excited, and the scoutmaster, Jim Potjunas, was so energetic that it rubbed off on all of us."

During the weekend event, Potjunas, of Warren, will celebrate his 25th anniversary as the troop's scoutmaster.

The reunion weekend will begin with an annual Troop 101 tradition, the decoration of veterans' graves at Oakwood Cemetery in Warren at 8 a.m. May 28.

A golf outing and other family activities are planned for the rest of the weekend.

During the celebration, pictures of all 101 Eagle Scouts, including this year's, will be displayed.

sinkovich@vindy.com




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