A Legacy Memorialized

Many will remember late Vinny Abondanza and his esteemed legacy of genuine friendships and caring nature. As a dear friend of Johns Manville, we memorialized his honor last June in an article detailing how his memory will live on through the Vinny Abbondanza Pavilion to be used by his favorite organization, The Boy Scouts of America which can be read about here. We are happy to share the exciting updates of the pavilion’s construction which will be ready for the Scout’s use this summer!

This 30’ x 60’ outdoor pavilion in Russell, Mass. is located at the Horace A Moses Reservation, a site used by Boy Scout Troop 114 Agawam for scouting activities. Last December, site work was completed. Despite a mild winter, March brought three feet of snow to the camp, delaying construction until the snow cleared. Thankfully, by April 13, 90°F+ temperatures arrived, and a few small work crews were able to begin the frame structure for Vinny’s pavilion. Southwick Troop 114, FastenMaster, WR Meadows, Stan Choiniere Consulting, and SE Marketing worked together to install support posts and roof supports. Their hard work has paved the way for the next steps of installing roof trusses, plywood sheathing and the roofing system. Lastly, the team will pour the concrete flooring and footing for the adjacent fire pit. 

Vinny was actively involved with this troop for over 16 years, making this pavilion the perfect tribute to his love for the Scouts. Sam Everett, Western Massachusetts Council Vice President of the Boy Scouts of America, shares the groups gratitude for all those donating their time and efforts, “We can’t wait to have a beautiful new facility for the Scouts to use this summer!”