Provided by John Hagensick, River Forest Service Club

At the 2010 Memorial Day Parade, the River Forest Service Club honored the men and women of River Forest who have served in the armed services. They also wished to recognize those local citizens who have rendered extraordinary service to our village. Because of rain, lightening and drenched Keystone sod, the memorial service was cancelled. At the Service Club’s November meeting, the honors were presented.

Two citizens were honored this year – both Eagle Scouts in Troup 66, which is sponsored by Grace Lutheran Church. Coincidentally, this year is the 100th anniversary of Scouting in the United States. The Boy Scouts of America prides itself on giving young people an opportunity to provide community service.

The Scouts were introduced by Troup 66 Assistant Scout Master Bruce Faland.

Tim McAdam chose to do a landscape restoration at Memorial Park on Lake Street in River Forest for his Eagle Project. The side was overgrown and not very attractive. He felt that something this important should look nicer and bring honor to those who made the sacrifice to serve our country. His project included the planting of trees, shrubs and more than 400 groundcover plants. It also included landscape lighting. He also raised money to have the names of those who lost their lives in the Great Wars engraved on their own individual bricks.

Ryan Conrardy, an honor student, is a sophomore at Oak Park and River Forest High School. His Eagle Scout project focused on making his community a safer place. With the help of his fellow Scouts, Ryan made and installed highly reflective strips on the posts of over 50 stop signs in River Forest. He focused on stop signs at busier intersections, including those near schools and parks. As cars approach an intersection with the newly installed strips, headlights reflect light allowing the driver ample time to stop, thus making pedestrians safer in the process.

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