Area teen receives Eagle Scout award

GALLITZIN — Joshua Maruska, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 2059, Gallitzin, has completed his Eagle Scout service project. He received his Eagle Scout award on April 28 during an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held at the American Legion in Gallitzin. His project involved working with the Sons of the American Legion in Gallitzin to clean up Bennington Cemetery and clear a walkway for easier access to the cemetery for visitors. He also helped to build three new crosses to replace old ones that were crumbling. He painted the large cross that is visible from Route 22. He had signs made and placed one at the entrance to the access road; the other is to be placed at the walkway when it is complete. He and his troop also helped to prepare the Bennington Cemetery for the Memorial Day Service last year, along with all cemeteries in Gallitzin.

Joshua is a 2013 graduate of Penn Cambria High School, Cresson, where he was a high honor student all through his high school years. He has been accepted to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in the fall, where he will study mechanical engineering.

He is the son of John and Cindy Maruska of Gallitzin.

Joshua was supported in his project by the American Legion; Father Albert Ledoux of St. Demetrius Catholic Church, Gallitzin, the chartered organization for Troop No. 2059; his scout leaders and members of his troop, as well as his family and friends.