MODESTO — Andrew Peter Lazar of Turlock on Oct. 8 earned his Eagle rank, the highest honor awarded by the Boy Scouts of America. Andrew, who started in scouting at age 7 as a Tiger Cub, is a sophomore at Turlock High School, where he participates in water polo, swimming, Leadership and the Assyrian Club. Andrew volunteers at the Turlock Public Library. The 16-year-old is a member of Troop 451 sponsored by the Methodist Men of the First United Methodist Church of Turlock.
For his Eagle project, Andrew repainted the kindergarten playground at Julien Elementary School in Turlock. Several murals and a tricycle track on the concrete playground were severely faded.
Also, a stop sign was painted for safety reasons, so pupils would not run into students coming out of a nearby classroom.
Andrew's Eagle Court of Honor was held in February.
He is the son of Edward and Charmaine Lazar of Turlock.
Cub Scout Pack 14 of Modesto combats invasive thistle plants
Modesto's Cub Scout Pack 14 has been combating an invasive plant that has taken up residence in one of Modesto's parks.
Yellow star thistle blooms annually in spring, and once it begins sprouting surface growth its prickly arms grow so dense that they shade out other plants, leading to a field of nothing but star thistle. The thistle has a strong presence in public areas along Dry Creek, according to a news release from the Cub Scout pack.
Members of Pack 14 removed dead plants along the Mensinger Trail Head on Scenic Drive. Clearing the spiny plants opened areas to more easily remove new plants. Last weekend, the Scouts were back, removing the new plants before they set seed again.
The project is expected to take a few years to completely control the invasive weed, and continued maintenance will be required. Cub Scout Pack 14 is sponsored by AMVETS Post 2009 of Modesto.