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With good deed, teen becomes Eagle Scout

Published Aug. 31, 2005

(ran PW, PS editions)

Matthew Sutton, 14, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

The award was made recently at a National Court of Honor at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in New Port Richey where he is a member.

It was while he was at church recently that he learned that children in the Caribbean and South America are often hungry and need food. This sparked an idea to do something to help and led to his Eagle Scout project.

He decided to sell the Sunday edition of the St. Petersburg Times to raise funds and made an arrangement with a representative of the newspaper to sell the paper for four weeks with his proceeds going to the Food for the Poor organization.

With the help of his parents, Arthur and Eileen Sutton, fellow Scouts in Troop 7 and friends, the papers were sold at two locations, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church and Wal-Mart Superstore, both in New Port Richey. The store manager agreed to match funds.

Matthew and his group raised $650 that went for needed school supplies and Wal-Mart added a check for $1,000, all going to the Food for the Poor organization in Deerfield Beach for proper distribution.

In addition to activities with his Scout Troop, Matthew is an altar server at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, where he has served for the past three years. A freshman at River Ridge High School, he is a swimmer on the Swim and Dive Team and was awarded the "2002 River Ridge High School Swimmer of the Year" award. He is an honor student and also enjoys playing video games and basketball with friends.

Soprano to sing for Performing Arts Guild

The Performing Arts Guild of Pasco County is hosting a spring meeting and concert at 2 p.m. Wednesday at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 4820 Floramar Ter., Gulf Harbors, New Port Richey.

Suzanne Ruby, soprano, is the performing artist. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor of arts degree in music and fine arts. She moved here in 1994 and has performed with the Hernando Symphony Orchestra, Richey Community Orchestra, the Richey Suncoast Theatre, St. Petersburg Theatre and many other venues.

A donation of $3 will be accepted. Refreshments will be served. Call Jo Troster at 847-7861.

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