Parker’s Boy Scout Troop 16 awarded the highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout, to Paul Meehan. The Jan. 11 Eagle Court of Honor, a formal ceremony open to the public, was at the Parker United Methodist Church, which sponsors the troop.
Meehan, 17, a junior at Chaparral High School, has been involved in Scouting in Parker since 1999. His final requirement toward Eagle, a leadership project, was conducted in 2008 for the Town of Parker. He oversaw a group of 41 volunteers plant willow stakes along the Cheery Creek Channel behind Stroh Ranch. Meehan and his volunteers spent 340 hours on the erosion control measure.
During the ceremony, Troop 16 Scoutmaster Prescott Coleman, told of Paul’s growth in skills, confidence and the impact he has made on the younger Scouts in the troop. A highlight of the event was the participation of Brett Starkowski, LCpl, U.S. Marine Corps, home on leave while serving his country in Iraq. Starkowski is a Troop 16 Eagle Scout, and he administered the Eagle Oath to the new Eagle Scout.
Meehan is the 78th Eagle Scout from Troop 16, the oldest troop in Parker. He is the son of Fred and Marliss Meehan, of Parker.
Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network plans free monthly parenting classes for foster and adoptive parents.
The interactive classes are designed to help parents with some of the challenges of raising foster children and children who have been adopted. Resources will be shared and parents will learn from experts and other parents alike. Topics presented through July include Abuse-Neglect, Attachment and Bonding, Defiant Behaviors, Crisis Intervention, Parenting and Social Issues. Foster parents can receive two credit hours per class toward foster care license maintenance.
Classes meet from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Littleton, 61 W. Davies Ave. Dinner and childcare are available for a nominal fee. For information and to register, call 303-797 9432.
Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network is a private, nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment services for individuals of all ages. The network has 11 locations throughout the south metro area.