Stoughton Eagle Scout helps church

Stephen Zorn
Stephen Zorn

SCOUT PROJECT HELPS CHURCH: Stephen Zorn (right) was looking at the stage at the First United Methodist Church in his hometown of Stoughton and thought, “It’s a mess up there.”

It’s not anymore. Thanks to Zorn and other volunteers, the church’s stage has seven new cabinets to store items that used to be scattered on shelving that Zorn thought was unsafe.

It was a labor of love, and more than just a way of reaching his goal of Eagle Scout status.


The 17-year-old Zorn, a member of Boy Scout Troop 516, earned his Eagle badge for the project, but said, “I chose my benefactor before I chose the project.”

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The church is his troop’s charter organization, said Zorn, a senior at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood.

“More than 50 Eagle Scouts or so have gone through our troop and only two or three projects benefited the church,” said Zorn, who has been in scouting for 12 years. “I wanted to do something for the church.”

Existing cabinets were painted to match the new cabinets he and other volunteers built. In all, 29 people volunteered 341 hours to help Zorn complete his project.

The cabinet project wasn’t his first choice. Zorn had wanted to paint the church’s exterior, but was told it would have been too dangerous. So he turned his attention inside, where he has spent much of his scouting career.


He’s handy, he said, owing to his father being in construction, and having “always done stuff with him.”

He also got help from others in the troop “who were good with their hands,” acting as a supervisor, “which was great: I could tell them what needed to be done and didn’t have to hover over them. They got the idea and were able to do it.”

He held fund-raisers to purchase some of the materials, and area businesses donated other materials, such as paint.

Zorn wants to go to college for materials engineering, but said his days in scouting are far from over. He has earned 36 badges during his scouting tenure, likely with more to come.

“A lot of people have that misconception, that you get Eagle and you’re done,” said Zorn, “because a lot get the badge when they’re 18, the age when you’re no longer a scout. But you can still be involved and earn awards past Eagle.”


‘MIRACLES’ AT FENWAY: Alex Watson of Westwood and Jack Curran of Kingston

Kingston resident Jack Curran and Chris Walkley of Eastward Ho! Country Club in chatham at 5th annual Kids Golf Day at Fenway park

were two of many children and their families who have been affected by cancer who took part in the 5th annual Kids’ Golf Day on July 26 at Fenway Park in Boston, hosted by the Expect Miracles Foundation.

The group played on a custom-made, nine-hole mini golf course at Fenway, and enjoyed other activities, including a scavenger hunt, a golf-skills station with PGA pros from Eastward Ho Country Club in Chatham, a fast-pitch machine, and games with Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster. The day ended with a reception on Fenway’s right-field roof deck.

Boston-based Expect Miracles Foundation, formerly Mutual Funds Against Cancer, is a group within the financial services industry that raises money for cancer research at the Belfer Institute for Applied Cancer Science at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Gabrielle Rene of Milton was named this year’s recipient of the Anthony F. Farma CFP Scholarship, presented by the Financial Planning Association of Massachusetts. Rene is a tax and financial planner with Transamerica Financial Advisors Inc., and will attend Bentley University to pursue her certified financial planner certification.

J. Joseph MacDermott of Norton has been named a home care specialist for Norwood-based Reliable Respiratory. MacDermott has more than 25 years of sales and management experience in the health-care industry.

Philip Alkana of Attleboro, a registered respiratory therapist, has joined the staff of Reliable Respiratory in Norwood as a clinical care specialist. Alkana has worked on research involving pulmonary and respiratory care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and Tufts Medical Center.

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