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Two Chiefs District BSA honors its outstanding adult leaders

BSA RECOGNITION — The Two Chiefs District of the Ohio River Valley Council Boy Scouts of America recognized outstanding adult leaders at its annual dinner held April 17 at Zalenski’s Family Eatery and Pub in Wintersville. The District Award of Merit was presented to the “dynamic couple” Anthony and Kelly Kniszek, shown with their son, Blake. The award was presented by District Vice Chief Carolyn Clements, left, and District Director Melissa Reinbold, seated. -- Contributed

WINTERSVILLE — The Two Chiefs District of the Ohio River Valley Council Boy Scouts of America held its annual dinner April 17 at Zalenski’s Family Eatery and Pub in Wintersville to recognize outstanding adult leaders and the 2020 Class of Eagle Scouts.

The evening began with Connie Duffy, Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 415, which meets out of the Wintersville United Methodist Church, receiving the Unit Leader Award of Merit and earning her Cubmaster Key. Duffy said she was “very humbled” to receive the recognition and gave credit to the leaders of her pack.

The Emergency Preparedness Award was presented to Two Chiefs District Unit Commissioner Larry Mosti. The award is given to leaders who have fulfilled the requirements and have had special training such as Mosti has had, being a member of the Toronto Fire Department.

The highlight of the evening was the District Award of Merit which was presented to “a dynamic couple.” The award is available to Scouters who render service of an outstanding nature at the district level. The 2021 recipients are Kelli and Anthony Kniszek from Cub Scout Pack 415. The couple have stepped up to lead the district’s day camp held at Brooke Hills Park as well as always being the first to volunteer to assist any of the district’s functions. Anthony has taken the Cub Scout Shooting Range safety course and has been the safety officer at many events. The two are no strangers to safety as they are both members of the Wintersville Fire and Rescue — Kelli as an EMT and Anthony as a firefighter/paramedic. Kelli, who is an employee of the city of Steubenville, also is an active college student. The couple have a Cub Scout, Blake, and a newly crossed over Scouts BSA Scout, Aiden.

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