West Genny senior completes Eagle project

John Gacek has been a busy guy. Just days after his Wildcats varsity football team knocked off Monroe-Woodbury to win the Class AA State Championship, Gacek was honored on Nov. 29 for completing his Eagle Scout project.

Gacek single-handedly upgraded the exterior of the Fairmount Community Library, adding a bench, garden, sidewalk and a flagpole to the front of the building. Congressman Jim Walsh was in attendance to mark the special occasion, as was fourth ward counselor James Salinger, Boy Scout Troop 60, Library Director Kathy Morris and staff, Gacek's family and friends, and Fairmount community library board president Joan Rasi and the libraries' board members.

"Let me say on behalf of Central New Yorkers how proud we are of you for accomplishing this achievement," Walsh said. "Eagle Scout is a distinguished honor. I'm also proud of the West Genesee varsity team on their remarkable win."

Walsh presented Gacek with a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capital building in Washington, D.C.

Enlisted Captain Lajarski of the U.S. Military also presented Gacek with a flag that was flown over Iraq.

"When I heard about John's project, I had the idea to present John with one of these flags that adorned our offices and our barracks where we lived overseas," Lajarski said. "I felt that such a patriotic project should have a patriotic gift to commemorate this day."

Gacek along with Walsh and Lajarski hoisted the flag up the pole, before leading the crowd in saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Salanger presented Gacek with presented with a commendation from the town of Camillus for his good citizenship, and attaining his Eagle Scout status.

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