Published May 20. 2013 4:00AM
Salem — Mark E. Chmielewski, of Salem, was named The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year for 2013.
Chmielewski, 16, a junior at East Lyme High School, earned the award and a $10,000 college scholarship for his practical citizenship at school, scouting and his passion and commitment to community service.
For his Eagle Scout project, Chmielewski helped restore the 100-year-old historic Dolbeare Dam site and created an adjacent public park. Working with the Salem first selectman and the Salem Historical Society, he led more than 50 volunteers in removing brush and debris, wood and dead trees.
Chmielewski also volunteered for more than three years at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and at the Connecticut Veterans Home. He is currently the junior vice commander of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 128.
“Service to my community, to my country and to our military is part of who I am,” Chmielewski said. “I come from a family that has gravitated to public and military service.”