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Scouts join in festivities honoring Bishop Skylstad
by Father Terence Tully, for the Inland Register
(From the May 23, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)
Scouts Matthew and Todd Van Doren, who grew up on an apple orchard near Brewster, Wash., delivered a gift to Bishop William S. Skylstad, who grew up on an apple orchard near Brewster.
The occasion was the 25th anniversary of the bishop being ordained a bishop, back in 1977. Fittingly, the gift was five apple trees donated by the Van Well Nursery in Wenatchee, Wash., a city often called the apple capital of the world, and located in the Yakima Diocese, where Bishop Skylstad first served before becoming Bishop of Spokane.
To Brewster comes money to enlarge and improve its church, whose congregation has grown with the apple industry there – money donated by people of the Spokane Diocese to the Bishop for church construction. Many of the Brew-ster parishioners have been drawn there by the work of picking apples.
The gift apple trees will be planted at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, replacing trees too old to produce good apples. Deacon John Ruscheinsky, Retreat Center director, will arrange for planting the young trees, with the help of Scout Peter Lampert, who is already doing volunteer service at IHRC.
According to Frederick Van Doran, father of the two Scouts, each of the donated apple trees is of a different variety. They include Cameo (good for eating plain), Golden Delicious (for eating, and for pies), Gala (eating), Jona-homac (eating and pies), and Delicious Red Rome (baking). But all of the varieties mixed together make especially good applesauce. The dedication to our “Apple” Bishop will be shown by a plaque.
The mother of the Scouts, Donna Van Doren, has years of apple growing experience. She said the new trees will require moderate maintenance and grow apples good for eating and cooking. I wish to thank Pete Van Well of the Wenatchee nursery for the generous gift of the trees.
Garrett Swanson, Michael Smalley, and Kevin Wilson, new Eagle Scouts of Troop 288, received their Eagle badges at a Court of Honor on May 12.
Their Troop itself is new, chartered in January to the Knights of Columbus council of St. Joseph Parish, Colbert, Wash. A bulletin from the troop states: “The goal of Troop 288 is to teach values and leadership – through the ranks to Eagle.” Besides its Monday meetings the Troop does one activity per month and provides service to the parish and the K. of C. Council which sponsors it.
Congratulations to this new troop and its new Eagles.
• Bishop’s Recognition Day, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2003, 2 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, 1115 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane. Bishop Skylstad will confer religious medals on Scouts and other youth who have earned them.
For information on the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and its activities, contact Father Terence Tully, diocesan Scout chaplain, 221 E. Rockwood Blvd., Apt 308, Spokane, WA 99202-1200; phone 509-458-7674; or Joe Schmitz, chair of Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting, 400 S. Jefferson St., Suite 112, Spokane, WA 99204, phone 509-747-7499. Click here for the web site of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting!
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