Boy Scout Troop 31
Rochester, New York
Rowan Muhly, a Boy Scout from Northern Ireland, talks with Annie Callanan at the Susan B. Anthony House.
Democrat and Chronicle-12/29/2011 Written by Alicia Smith, Staff writer, Shawn Dowd/staff photographer
Multi-lane highways, large shopping malls and biting winter weather were all unfamiliar to Rowan Muhly when he arrived in the United States a couple of weeks ago with his family.
The 13-year-old Boy Scout from Strangford, a small village in County Down, Northern Ireland, came to the area with his parents so that he could pursue the Global Challenge badge while visiting family in Hilton.
Earning the Global Challenge badge entails interacting with a troop from another country. Troop 31 of Rochester, which regularly meets at Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs St., invited Rowan to join in some activities this week.
On Wednesday morning, Rowan and his parents joined the sixth- to ninth-graders as they worked on their Citizenship in The Nation merit badge at the Susan B. Anthony House, 17 Madison St. The group was led on a tour of the house and museum by Annie Callanan, director of programs and visitor services. Callanan taught the boys about Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass and the history of American civil rights.
Earlier in his visit, Rowan joined Troop 31 in selling Christmas trees and learning about first aid and American football. "The boys taught him how to throw and catch," said Patti Borrelli, who serves as the assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 31, which she said is the oldest in the area.
Peter Muhly, Rowan's father, is originally from East Rochester. After meeting his wife, Barbara, who is from Ireland, they decided to live there. Although Rowan was born in the United States, he hasn't been back here since he was a baby. "It's very different here. There is more of a variety of things here and it gets very cold here," Rowan said. Peter Muhly said that he and Rowan went skiing, which he never would have had an opportunity to do in Ireland. "I couldn't stand for very long," Rowan said.
Visiting the mall and driving on the major highways also were new experiences for Rowan, who has grown up in a rural community.
In examining American Boy Scouting vs. being a Boy Scout in Ireland, there also are some differences. "In Ireland, we do different kinds of badges individually instead of in groups," he said. His mother added that the badges in Ireland are generally pretty small, while the American merit badges are large and colorful.
Barbara Muhly said their experience has been so pleasant that they have invited Troop 31 to visit them in Ireland. "While it seems new and strange, it's all the same," she said. "Everyone has been very nice and friendly."
The Seneca Waterways Council is proud to announce that Eagle Scout Brady S. has been awarded the 2011 Louis and Sally Langie Eagle Scout Scholarship. The Scholarship is given by Mr. & Mrs. Langie to an Eagle Scout who is pursuing a college degree, has displayed high academic achievement in high school and has a demonstrated financial need. The Scholarship was increased to $10,000, and is distributed over four years. Brady plans to attend Hamilton College and then pursue a law degree.Brady is a senior at Penfield High School. During his high school career he was a member of the track team, both indoor and outdoor, and a member of the cross-country team. Brady was a member of the Penfield High School Wind Ensemble and served as Editor-in-Chief of the high school newspaper He is also served as President of the National Honor Society. Brady has served as an OA Troop Representative, Vice-Chief of Unit/District Relations for Ty-Ohni Lodge and Vice-Chief of Program for Tschipey Achtu Lodge. He attended Philmont and the 2010 National Scout Jamboree. Brady is a member of Troop 31, chartered by Third Presbyterian Church. Brady became an Eagle Scout in September 2008.©2011 SenecaWaterways.org
BSA Troop 31 is proud to congratulate Brady Robinson Sprague, of Rochester, NY who was awarded along with 19 others the 2011 NESA Merit Award and a $1,000 College Grant from the National Eagle Scout Association.
Charles August was an American businessman who founded Monro Muffler and Brake.
August's career in automotive maintenance and repair began as a Midas Muffler franchisee in 1957 in Rochester, New York. In 1966, he discontinued his affiliation with Midas. August launched a new company, Monro Muffler, the same year with two business partners, his brother, Burton S. August, and Sheldon Lane. The company was named for Monroe County, New York, except August dropped the "e" in the name. The company later added brake service several years later and was renamed Monro Muffler Brake Inc.
In 1977, Monro Muffler had twenty stores in New York. By the mid-1980s, August's Monro Mufflers had expanded to 59 stores, which sales of $21 million per year. Most of these stores were located in upstate New York. August sold his controlling interest in Monro Mufflers in 1984 to an investment group headed by Donald Glickman and Peter J. Solomon. The company later had its initial public offering in 1991. August remained as a member of the Monro Muffler board of directors during the 1990s, when the company rapidly expanded. He resigned and retired from the board in 2002.
August actively supported the Boy Scouts during his life. He was a member of the Otetiana Council Boy Scouts of America for more than 60 years, and served as the council's president. He was awarded the Silver Antelope Award and the Silver Beaver citation for his involvement with the Boy Scouts.
He donated more than $1 million dollars to the United Way of Greater Rochester over a period of 10 years. The United Way awarded August with the Tocqueville Award in 1992.
August was named to the Rochester Business Hall of Fame in 2003. He was a member of the Nathaniel Rochester Society at Rochester Institute of Technology. August was also a founder of the Temple Sinai in Brighton and a member of the board of directors of the Jewish Home Foundation.
August originally resided in Brighton, Monroe County, New York, with his family for many years before moving to nearby Pittsford, New York.
August died on November 3, 2009, at the age of 90. He was survived by his wife, Jean August, his brother and co-founder of Monro Mufflers, Burton August, and three grown children - Susan Eastwood, Jan August and Andrew August. His memorial service was held at the Temple Sinai in Brighton, New York.