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Three Local Scouts Earn the Esteemed Eagle Award

Boy Scout Troop 195 of St. Catherine of Sweden Church held a special Court Of Honor award ceremony on Monday, July 30th. The purpose of this ceremony was to recognize 3 Hampton High School seniors – Henry Arch III, Matthew G. Bauman and Grant K. Smith – for attaining the Eagle Scout Award, the highest honor a Boy Scout can receive.

Becoming an Eagle Scout is considered a very prestigious award, as a scout must complete a minimum of 21 merit badges, demonstrate leadership in his troop and community, complete a service project for the community, and attend a Scoutmaster conference, and an Eagle Board of Review. Nationally, only about five percent of scouts will attain the award. Once the honor is earned, the scout is an Eagle Scout for life.

Guest speakers at the ceremony included The American Legion, the US Submarine Vets, and US Marine Corps. Each of these speakers recognized the Eagle achievement with certificates or medals.

Because he regularly volunteers at Bread of Life, Hank asked them if there was anything they needed done that he could use for his Eagle Scout project. “My project involved renovating a significant portion of the Bread of Life food pantry shelving in Etna, which evolved into 351 hours of labor. The scope of work changed as we worked through the project, but we adjusted. I learned how to detail a project and communicate to adults what needed to be done.” Hank‟s advice to prospective Eagle scouts is to “describe in detail the scope of the project and explain the steps necessary to complete it.”

Matt‟s project was to create a new outdoor worship sanctuary at the New Community Church in Gibsonia, and involved 214 hours of labor. “I chose this project because of on-going involvement with my church. Overcoming project changes, managing manpower and budgeting taught me a lot. I learned how to take charge of a project, work and communicate with adults.”

Grant‟s project was to create raised flowerbeds and an 8- foot bench beside the shuffleboard courts at Hampton Fields retirement home and involved 124 hours of labor. “I did a lot of visiting at my aunt’s retirement home, and I noticed they had nice raised beds there. I figured that Hampton Fields, a retirement home close to my home, would be a great place for a project.” The rains made pouring concrete a struggle, but we were able to accomplish the project through good planning and leadership.”

All three Eagle scouts also participated in several high adventure outings during their scouting experience including a 72 mile wilderness trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and a 65 mile canoe trip down the Au Sable River in northern Michigan. In total, these scouts have accumulated 316 nights of camping, hiked 392 miles, and paddled more 200 miles.

These Eagle scouts offer the following advice to young scouts, “Stick with it, in the end it‟s worth it. Never give up.”

About the Author….Autumn Edmiston, CEO of the Edmiston Group and writer for The Hampton News, brings corporate level marketing management services to businesses and non-profit organizations on a short or long-term basis. The Edmiston Group specializes in business development, marketing, strategic planning and public relations. Our strengths in leadership, message consistency both graphically and by written word, experience and strategy guide business owners in making strong decisions. We bring fresh ideas for YOUR growing business!

Hampton Graduate Achieving Her Dreams in California

Elizabeth Cardillo has come a long way since moving from Hampton to Los Angeles. She earned her fashion merchandising degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles and works in a bridal store, Glamour Closet, in LA.

Liz competed for the first time last year in Miss Malibu USA. Since then she has competed 3 more times, placing in the top 20 out of 300 girls in the Miss California USA system. She went on to win Miss California Intercontinental, and placed 1st runner up in the Miss United States pageant in Houston TX. Liz will be heading back to Miss California USA in January 2013 with dreams of competing for Miss USA!

“Competing has completely changed my life; I have made incredible friendships and have booked many modeling jobs. I’ve become confident in my abilities and a better public speaker! I’m hoping to venture into more commercial work and even some television hosting.”

Growing up in Hampton gave Liz a solid foundation; her family and the school district are at the base of who she has become. Liz states, “I take the values of the small town I grew up in and use them in this big city of Los Angeles. I miss my family very much, but I know I have found my home in California. I love it here!”

About the Author….Autumn Edmiston, CEO of the Edmiston Group and writer for The Hampton News, brings corporate level marketing management services to businesses and non-profit organizations on a short or long-term basis. The Edmiston Group specializes in business development, marketing, strategic planning and public relations. Our strengths in leadership, message consistency both graphically and by written word, experience and strategy guide business owners in making strong decisions. We bring fresh ideas for YOUR growing business!

Identity Theft… Are You At Risk?

Remember when you were little and it was fun to pretend to be someone else traveling to far away places, and experiencing adventure you never thought possible. There are people today that continue to play the game and they imagine that they’re you!

Identity Theft goes beyond the normal purse snatching and pick pocketing. The Internet, on-line shopping, electronic medical records, and multiple electronic databases for credit card companies all present opportunities for someone to tap into your information. Phone scams and door-to-door predators who particularly target the elderly are on the rise.

According to Steve Zinger, Regional Investigations Manager at Huntington Bank, many fall prey to unsolicited mobile media (text messaging) and work from home scams that issue fraudulent checks or establish new account relationships in your name. He offers this advice, “if it sounds too good to be true, it is.”

Zinger states, if you receive an unsolicited call or e-mail from your bank requesting information over the phone – it’s very likely a scam. Huntington’s website offers “10 Tips for Accessing Your Accounts Safely On Line” under its Identity Protection area of its website www.huntington.com.

Theresa Goeller, a Pre-Paid Legal Associate, states, “Identity Theft Shield is an affordable solution to combat a growing crime that knows no boundaries. Because of increasing identity theft in children, the Identity Theft Shield program recently added child ID theft protection for children under the age of 18. www.prepaidlegal.com/hub/thresagoeller.

Steps you can take to prevent others from targeting your information.

 Purchase and use a shredder to destroy financial documents, credit card solicitations and other information sent to you with your name and address tied to it. This prevents dumpster diving from would be predators.

 Don’t carry our social security card with you. Put it in a safe place and if you need to give it out verbally for someone to verify the account – ask that they give you the piece of paper they’ve written your number on.

 Never click on links sent through unsolicited e-mail. Predators will send email messages that look like they are from your bank, asking you to visit a web site that looks like the bank’s in order to confirm account information. This is called “phishing.”

 Don’t provide personal information to unsolicited phone calls.

 Be alert when using an ATM that someone nearby is not capturing your numbers.

 Create passwords for your accounts that include a string of lower and upper case letters, numbers and/or symbols.

Be vigilant and monitor your credit report at least annually.
Individuals are entitled to one free credit report per year. You can request your free report online, by phone or by mail. Visit AnnualCreditReport.com, call 1-877-322-8228, or fill out the Annual Credit Report Request form and mail it to Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281.

If you notice regular monthly bills not arriving on time, are denied credit, or charged a higher rate when you know you have good credit, these could all be signs that someone has stolen your identity.
What do you do if you’re your identity is stolen?

 File a police report – it legitimizes your claim to the credit card companies.

 Call the 3 national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name.

 Notify the Social Security fraud line number. The alert will notify any company that checks your credit to know your information was stolen. By doing this, the company will have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit. The numbers are below – keep a copy of this in your wallet, in a safe place at home, and one in your desk.

• Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
• Experian (formerly TRW): 1-888-397-3742
• Trans Union: 1-800-680 7289
• Social Security (fraud line): 1-800-269-0271

How can you reduce your personal exposure?

According to PrivacyRights.org you may:

 Remove your name from the marketing lists of the three credit reporting bureaus — Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. Call 888-5OPTOUT or go online to www.optoutprescreen.com. This will limit the number of pre-approved offers of credit that you receive.

 Sign up for the Federal Trade Commission’s National Do Not Call Registry. Your name is added to name deletion lists used by nationwide marketers. You may also need to register for your state’s “do not call” list, if it has one. National Do Not Call Registry, www.donotcall.gov, (888) 382-1222

 Opt-out of the sale or sharing of your financial information when given the opportunity by your bank, credit card companies, insurance companies, and investment firms.

Be aware of the personal information you provide others. Be alert to changes in routine with bills and bank statements. Be assertive when asked for information you don’t feel necessary for someone else to have. You are the best advocate for protecting your identity.

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