Rep. Buck-Taylor commends Ian Ridgeway on his Eagle Scout accomplishmentJune 10, 2013
NEW MILFORD – State Representative Cecilia Buck-Taylor, R-New Milford, congratulated New Milford teen Ian Ridgeway on a lifetime achievement Sunday of becoming an Eagle Scout.
Representative Buck-Taylor was joined by State Senator Clark Chapin in presenting Ian with a citation from the Connecticut General Assembly, along with an American flag that was flown over the State Capitol in Hartford in honor of Ian’s achievement. Also in attendance was New Milford’s Mayor Patricia Murphy who presented an award on behalf of the town to Ian as well. The ceremony, held at the United Methodist Church of New Milford, celebrated this high honor in Boy Scouts.
“This is an especially happy Eagle Scout ceremony for me, since I’ve known Ian’s mother, Diane, for a number of years and she has been a good friend to me,” Representative Buck-Taylor said Sunday. “Through her friendship, I’ve grown to know her family. I appreciate not only Ian’s hard work and dedication but also that of his parents, including his father Ronald Ridgeway who became a scout leader, sacrificing much of his time to give back to the community in this way. I applaud Ian’s commitment to giving back to the community and his dedicated work in his Eagle Scout project.”
For his Eagle Scout project, Ian restored an area in HarryBrooke Park that had not been given much attention in many years. Ian and his team landscaped the area, removed excess vines and brush and trees, reclaiming the land with new sod and grass. Ian also repaired existing benches and built another one, allowing New Milford residents to enjoy the park even more. At the ceremony, he was thanked by members of Harrybrooke Park for all of his hard work.
Ian belongs to New Milford’s Troop 58, which falls under the Connecticut Rivers Council in the Boy Scouts of America.