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Keeseville event celebrates 95 years of scouting

KEESEVILLE Generations gathered together on March 10 at the Keeseville Free Library to celebrate 95 years of Girl Scouting. The Keeseville Service Unit had three troops of Girl Scouts in attendance at the event, which featured entertainment by artist Speedy Arnold and author Papa Jim Goff. The duo led the scouts in singing and dancing based around their book, The Little Brook in the Field. During the event, Goff presented his son, Girl Scout Troop Leader Richard Welch, with a Girl Scout banner that had belonged to the late Mary Goff, who had been a Girl Scout leader. The banner was sixty years old. Her great-granddaughter, Emily Welch, is currently in Daisy Girl Scouts. Goff and Arnold, both residents of Keeseville, also spoke about the influence scouting had on their lives. The two were boy scouts together while growing up in the region. Jim and I are doing something we like and I bet one of the girls will do something like this in twenty, thirty years, said Arnold. Arnold said the most important thing scouting taught was See SCOUTS, page 8 character, along with being prepared for what happens in life. Its one of those things you never forget, said Arnold. I took a lot of things from (boy scouting). Daisy Troop 012, Brownie Troop 107 and Junior Troop 233 participated in the event. Junior Scout Thelma Rock said she enjoyed participating in scouts since she liked crafts and learning about the outdoors. She added that she thought it was important to celebrate Girl Scoutings traditions. Welch, who is co-service unit chair and the leader of the Keeseville Daisy troop, said the celebration was focused on getting different age-levels to interact. Its important to remember where we came from you cant see where youre going if you dont remember, said Welch.

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