Mayor’s Minutes

Recognizing Ryan Fuchs, a Special Young Member of Our Community.

To Our Harrison Family, 

I want to recognize a special young member of our community, Ryan Fuchs. Ryan is entering his senior year at Clearview, has often volunteered in support of our community, including storm cleanup after last year’s tornado, and recently earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout as a member of the Boys Scouts. It is this achievement I’d like to tell you more about. 

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. The requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges. Eagle Scouts also must demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. Further, the scout must complete an extensive service project that he plans, organizes, leads, and manages. 

For his project, Ryan chose one that would benefit our community, by enhancing Ella Harris Park. He constructed several bat houses in the surrounding wooded section of the park, along with a bench and kiosk that provides information on the value of bats.


Ryan explained to me there is a misconception about bats. They offer several benefits to the environment, including supporting pollination. Bats also consume mosquitos, reducing the mosquito population which enhances the enjoyment of the park. 

Ryan presented his project to our Township Administrator, Mark Gravinese, and Public Works Superintendent, Dennis Chambers, for approval. Once receiving the ok, Ryan solicited donations for supplies and then went to work constructing and installing the bat houses, bench, and information kiosk. 

Upon the project’s completion in May, Ryan was able to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout. He asked me to pass on his appreciation and thanks to his family, friends, fellow scouts and adult leaders, and Mr. Gravinese and Mr. Chambers for their support and guidance. 

Ryan, on behalf of our community, Congratulations! You are a true example of Harrison Strong.

Together for Harrison Township,
Lou Manzo
Your Mayor