Zachary Pyeron knows he has to overcome some obstacles in life to be successful.
With a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome, which is in the Autism spectrum, he often has to work a little harder to prove himself.
Son of Tom and Paula Pyeron, Scranton, Zachary, 18, is a senior at Scranton High School and a very proud member of Dunmore Boy Scout Troop No. 66. His father is a former resident of Dunmore.
He recently earned his Eagle Scout badge. That is a big achievement for Zachary. It took a lot of hard work, but it is hard work he did with both passion and compassion.
He loves to help others, and he is not afraid of a challenge.
Zachary’s Eagle Scout project was to sand, paint and re-finish a rod iron fence around the Dunmore Presbyterian Church. With the help of eight adults and 14 scouts, it took five days to complete the project. The group worked on it for two and one-half weekends.
The group received a special plaque from the church pastor Kenneth Forbes in recognition of their hard work.
It is not the first time Zachary was recognized for his community service work.
He previously received two Boy Scout awards, given by the Bishop, for religious and community service work. He received the Ad Altare Dei award and the Pope Pius XII award. He was the only member of the Scranton Diocese to receive the Pope Pius XII award for his religious work in the community.
A wrought iron fence at the Dunmore Presbyterian Church was refinished by Pteron as his Eagle Scout project. Shown from left are: Geoff Pizzuto, Jon and Ryan Woniak, Zachary Pyeron, Dunmore Presbyterian Church Pastor Kenneth Forbes, church representative Frank Stieler, Bob Hogan, Matt and Bill Culkin, and Matt Taylor.
Zachary is a member of the Latin Club at Scranton High School where he has a 92 academic average. He is a high honors student.
He is an altar server at Saint Anthony’s Church, Dunmore, and is a member of Saint Mary’s Church Youth Group in Dunmore.
He has been involved in scouting for the past four years.
“I really love camping,” he said.
Dominic Pace, his scout leader, asked him to sit in on a group September 11, 2012, and the rest has been history.
Zachary loved scouting right from the start.
He enjoys everything about the camping experience. “When they give me the option of taking a tent or a cabin, I always take the tent,” he said.
Zachary said he is undecided about a college, but would like to study graphic design.
Zachary said he loves everything about scouting. “I love the outdoors and everything scouting has taught me. I especially enjoy giving back to the community.”
After earning his Eagle Scout badge, Zachary said he will take on an active role as an adult member of Dunmore Boy Scout Troop No. 66.
He said scouting helped him with leadership, socialization and first aid skills.
His future goals include going to college and remaining an active adult member of his Dunmore Boy Scout Troop No. 66.
Zachary has overcome a few obstacles already in his young life. Those with Aspergers sometimes are lacking in some socialization skills, but scouting has put Zachary on the right track to success and he intends to stay there.
Congratulations to Zachary Pyeron for a job well done.
The Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe, located at 1414 Monroe Avenue, has been buzzing in the summer months.
A highlight in July was the Dunmore Small Business Days and Open House. The event was held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 18. There were free refreshments and door prizes during the three-hour event.
Big Bingo, with the winner taking all was held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8. All monies collected were given out in prizes. The more who played, the better the prizes. Regular bingo continues every Monday.
Janine Holder of the Attorney General’s Office came to the Dunmore Activity Hub at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 8 Her discussion was very informative and helpful to the seniors.
The Farmer’s Market Voucher Day was held Tuesday, July 14. Lunch was served during the event.
The Site Council meeting was held at 10 a.m on Tuesday, July 21. Seats were open on the Council at that time.
Congressman Matt Cartwright’s office personnel were at the Dunmore Activity Hub on Wednesday, July 29. The staff discussed senior citizen issues.
The Wii Bowling Tournament began on Tuesday, July 7, and will run through the rest of the summer months. The winner with the highest total score and the winner with the highest total average will receive $25 certificates. If you miss a day, you can make it up on a Friday.
Other activities held in the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe in July included crafts, speakers, chair exercise group, Bible Study, Wii Brain Academy, Blood Pressure alternate Tuesdays, volunteer time stretching, oil painting, yoga and Stretchin’ with Gretchen.
State Representatives Farina and Flynn also hosted a shredding event from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 18 at at Scranton High School. The event was open to all.
Jeanne Hugenbruch is executive director of the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe. “Enjoy the summer weather and keep on joining us for the summer activities at the Hub,” she said. “We have a lot to offer.”
Shirley Martinelli is reservationist at the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe. Carol Angerson is lead volunteer. Lottie Collins is site council president. Toni Powell is kitchen coordinator.
For more information on the Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe and its programs, call 570-207-2662. The Fax number is 570-207-2640.
The Dunmore Activity Hub and Cafe for Seniors is a non-profit agency supported in part through the Lackawanna County Area on Aging, the Dunmore borough and the fundraising efforts of the Senior Site Council and the Board of Directors.