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Girl Scouts assisting soldiers

Area Girl Scouts have been keeping busy over the past few months.

The girls have taken on a "community take action," collecting items which will be shipped to soldiers overseas. The unit has already sent one shipment of over nine boxes of items along with cards several troops made.

"The unit would like to take this opportunity to thank the American Legion with their help in shipping these items," said Debbie Barber, scout service unit manager. "During the second phase of this ongoing project girls are currently asking the community to purchase an extra box of Girl Scout cookies which will also be shipped to our soldiers. This third and final phase is a second collection of items which is currently being planned for sometime in the spring."

People wishing to make a donation can call Melody Borho at 585-3384, Ann Arno at 942-7091, Frances Malaney at 585-3339 or Rebecca Rice at 532-9103.

The Girl Scout service unit is also currently collecting bottles to help fund a scholarship for a graduating senior who is furthering her education through college or trade school. Anyone who wishes to donate bottles can leave them at the Ticonderoga redemption center or call Frances Malaney at 585-3339, Christa Cole at 585-7791, Ann Arno at 942-7091 or Rebecca Rice at 532-9103.

"If you leave them at the redemption center, please state you are donating them to the Southern Essex County Girl Scouts," Barber said. "A bottle drive is currently being planned for June 4."

About 35 area girls took the plunge at the Moriah Central School pool Dec. 17. The girls enjoyed two hours of fun in the pool to help chase away the winter blues.

The annual Cookie Kickoff was held Jan. 2 at the Ticonderoga First United Methodist Church. It provided an opportunity for about 40 area girls learn about goal setting, taste test the cookies they are selling and to learn how to be safe while selling cookies.

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