Scouts honor borough mayor
Northampton Mayor Thomas Reenock was awarded the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Boy Scouts of America Minsi Trails Council at the 2018 Cement Belt Friends of Scouting dinner Sept. 26.
The event, held at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave., raised more than $8,000 for Scouting programs.
Reenock has volunteered with numerous civic and charitable organizations over the years. He has been honored for his unselfish commitment to the community and numerous causes. Northampton Exchange Club has named him as a Golden Deeds recipient.
This Scouting citation is fitting for Reenock’s service to not only Scouts, but to a lifetime of service. He was presented a citation, sponsored by the region’s House of Representatives legislators, by state Rep. Marcia Hahn, R-138th.
The Cement Belt Good Scout Committee, which organized the event, included Phyllis Andrews; LeRoy Brobst, Northampton Borough manager; Paul Connolly; PJ Connolly; Alan Edelman; Emil Giordano; state Rep. Zachary Mako, R-183rd; Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito, Bath Borough mayor; Bill Molchany, North Catasauqua Borough mayor; Barbara Schlegel, Catasauqua Borough mayor; and Aaron Schisler.
Edelman, longtime Scoutmaster, Troop 79, Stiles, is new with the Minsi Trails Council and served as the emcee. Brobst spoke to the group regarding Reenock’s accomplishments. Rachel Miller, Crew 115, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Walnutport, and Eagle Scout Tommy Nichols, Troop 242, Hope Lutheran Church, Cherryville, were the Scout speakers.
“I will be forever grateful for this honor,” Reenock said. “It is more than an honor and pleasure for me to acknowledge Scouts for their dedication and hard work in reaching the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in the Boy Scouts of America program. In one way or another, we all have had a hand in helping them over the years in their journey through life and its rewards through Scouting. The annual fund drive aids new Scouts, uniforms, equipment, food and material needed for Scouting.”
An Air Force veteran, Reenock served on borough council from 1976 to 1994. Ten of those years were as president. He has been mayor since 1994.
Among the many volunteer endeavors in Reenock’s legacy are Meals on Wheels, Dream Come True walkathon and telethon, veterans memorial monument construction, American Cancer Society, Redner’s celebrity bagger for Food Bank Day and volunteer work as an electrician, his trade until retirement.