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  • Girl Scouts build, fill planter at Fitchburg Library

    FITCHBURG – One little corner of the city is a little more colorful and bright thanks to Girl Scout Troop 11013. Even Mayor Lisa Wong noticed.

    Three Girl Scouts, Kayla Sadowski, Emma L’ecuyer and Morgan Jollimore decided to make a planter and fill it with beautiful annuals as a community service project.

    They approached Fitchburg Public Library Director Sharon Bernard and asked permission to donate and install a planter on library grounds. After a tour of the building, they decided to place it on the patio outside and near the Children’s Library.

    “The girls built the planter, finished it, including stenciling the library name on it, planted the flowers, as well as the hostas on either side of the planter. They did an absolutely wonderful job, we are most appreciative and thank them for thinking of us,” Ms. Bernard said.

    “We had to cut wood with a table saw, stain the wood and built it at my house. My dad helped us,” Emma said.

    The girls picked out impatiens, begonias, plants that would do well in the shade. The hostas were dug out of Kayla’s family’s gardens and replanted on each side of the planter.

    “We went with Melissa (L’ecuyer, one of their troop leaders) and got some mulch, too,” Kayla said. The plants were placed in separate planter boxes so that the planter can be brought out of inclement weather.

    It took the girls two days to build the container, and another day to install and plant.

    Ms. L’ecuyer said buildin...

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  • Values, traditions, bind local Girl Scout alums

    Anyone who thought Girl Scouts were the little sisters of the scouting family better think again.

    Since the first meeting of the Girl Scouts, founded by Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia, in 1912, more than 59 million women have joined, including First Ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton, entertainers Mariah Carey and Taylor Swift, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, astronaut Sally Ride, journalists Barbara Walters and Katie Couric, and comedienne Lucille Ball.

    Locally, the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts Alumnae Association keep alumnae connected, according to members Helen V. Poirier of Auburn and Katie McCarty of Leicester.

    “Once a Girl Scout, always a Girl Scout,” Ms. Poirier said.

    She said anyone who has ever been or is a Girl Scout, troop leader, volunteer or staff member is considered an alumna and is invited to join the organization, which already has more than 300 members.

    “We promote the continuation of the values of scouting and remaining connected. We are a resource for girls going for their Gold or Silver Award, the highest awards in scouting, and are tied to Sherry’s House in Worcester and other charities. Being a Girl Scout does not stop when you graduate from high school. It is good for a lifetime.”

    Both Ms. Poirier and Ms. McCarty are Lifetime Members of Girl Scouts.

    Ms. McCarty, who expects to receive her 60-year pin next year, was 7 when she became a Brownie...

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  • Passionate Pear Catering, Chanterelle, shine in 'Fork It Over' competition

    Crunchy chicken in a Do-Si-Dos dipping sauce and Samoas coconut shrimp with a mango-lime sauce were just a few of the dishes offered at this year's Girl Scout culinary competition.

    "Fork it Over is a great time with great food, music and people," said Meghan Smith, fund development specialist for the Girl Scouts. "Most of all it's a way to raise funds for a very worthy cause which is girls leadership programming right here in Western Massachusetts and Central Massachusetts."

    Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts hosted the event at the Delaney House Tuesday.

    Ten chefs from across the region created original appetizers and desserts using Girl Scout cookies.

    This year's winners in the savory category were new participants Chanterelle, of Southwick, with its chicken skewers with Samoa mole in first place and Great Grapes Catering in second place with its spinach turkey Trefoil bites.

    In the sweet category Passionate Pear Catering, based in East Longmeadow, took first place for a second year in a row with lemon beignets with blueberry dipping sauce.

    In second place was a restaurant entering the competition for the first time, Café Evolution, based in Florence, with their vegan chocolate cupcakes with Thin Mint cream cheese frosting.

    Other participating restaurants included:

    •Chandler's Restaurant, South Deerfield •Magic Spoon Catering, Monson •McLadden's Irish Publick House, Hampden,...

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  • Hadley Girl Scouts dedicate fundraising project to late classmate


    HADLEY — Fourth-grade Girl Scouts Troop 11644, engaged in a leadership project to change the world for the better, had made a decision to raise money to help ease the Ebola crisis. But when Hadley Elementary School student Sam Pollard died of a rare disease in March, they all changed their minds.

    The Scouts instead are dedicating their fundraiser to their friend.

    Wednesday after school, the girls — wearing T-shirts that read “I am strong. I am brave. I am a Girl Scout and I can change the world.” — met and talked about their fundraiser and the accompanying event called “Do It For Sam Day,” scheduled for June 8 at the school.

    “We did this because we really like Sam,” Katelyn Kelley said.

    “We knew that a lot of people really liked Sam and it could help them get through having Sam gone,” said fellow Scout Kasey Earle.

    Sam was diagnosed with Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T), a neurodegenerative disease, when he was 2½, and lost the ability to walk or focus his eyes due to his condition. His mother, Nina Pollard, said Sam struggled against cancer related to his condition in addition to other health problems, and died at the age of 11 of multiple organ failure.

    A change in plans

    The fundraiser is a part of the Leadership Journey program with the Girl Scouts, an activity that asks Scouts to work to change something in the world for the better, according to Girl Scout Troop 11644 co-leader Jo-Ann Ko...

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  • Girl Scouts plant memorial garden

    AMHERST — A new garden with red, white and blue flowers served as the centerpiece for the town’s Memorial Day observances Monday.

    The garden, surrounding the memorial stone and flag pole outside War Memorial swimming pool, was installed and donated by Girl Scout Troop 11655, made up of fifth- and sixth-graders from Amherst, Shutesbury and Easthampton, as part of its work toward the Girl Scout Bronze Award. The award is the highest achievement available to Junior Girl Scouts.

    “They were so excited to do this for Amherst,” said troop leader Sarah Marshall.

    Marshall said after brainstorming a suitable project, the girls met with Alan Snow, the town’s director of trees and grounds, and talked to a garden designer.

    All plants were purchased at the Hadley Garden Center using money from their Girl Scout cookies sales. The garden’s plants include forget-me-nots, bleeding hearts, junipers and oat grass. The girls will maintain the garden, including planting bulbs in the fall.

    “They’ve been given a prominent spot and are very excited to keep it up,” Marshall said.

    Help for Nepal

    Visitors to the Amherst Rotary Community Fair this week can donate to a relief effort in Nepal through the Rotary Club of Amherst.

    Rotary member Kristi Bodin said a ShelterBox will be set up at the fair on the Town Common. The hope is to collect enough money to send an emergency kit to the region hit by two recent earthquakes....

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  • Take Eight with Lizz Gordon

    As director of the Girl Scouts’ 52-acre Camp Green Eyrie in Harvard, Lizz Gordon knows a thing or two about summer camp. It will be a while before the tents go up, but Gordon took some time to talk summer camp with us, envisioning warm summer days and cool camping nights.

  • Girl Scouts bring surprise for East Longmeadow officers

    EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – It was just a routine Saturday at the East Longmeadow Police Department until a Girl Scout troop came calling with gifts of appreciation.

    The Girl Scouts with their adult supervisor brought pizza, and of course, Girl Scout cookies, to the delight of the East Longmeadow Police Officers. -WWLP/22News

  • Girl Scouts, mothers enjoy a spot of tea

    The Clinton and Lancaster Girl Scouts held a tea at Clinton Middle School last weekend, along with mothers and other family members.

  • ID: Stacy Harper

    When Stacy Harper arrived at Camp Bonnie Brae in East Otis five years ago, she planned to work there for just one summer. But, she says, she fell in love with the area and decided she didn’t want to leave.

    “After camp ended that year, I drove my pickup truck back home to Michigan, loaded it up, and settled in Northampton,” Harper said. She served as the assistant camp director at Bonnie Brae until 2012, when she became the camp director.

  • Girl Scouts Summer Camp

    Girl Scouts is so much more than cookies.  Mandy Anderson, Program Manager and Kelsey Kreminec, Camp Bonnie Brae camper as a kid, Camp Lewis Perkins counselor joined us to share more about Girl Scouts Summer Camp opportunities!

  • Girl Scouts visit Barnes Air National Guard Base

    During their visit, the girls met and talked to women air National Guard members who do the same jobs as men.

    The Girl scouts donate the cookies through “Project Care and Share,” which teaches the girls about giving, helping others, and learning important life skills.

  • Girl Scouts Conceive, Design, Build, and Test Solar Cars

    On Saturday, April 26, the Diversity Programs Office at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ran a Girl Scout workshop on renewable energy in which Scouts from western Massachusetts learned about various forms of energy, looked at diverse sorts of renewable energy, and watched informative energy videos. For their crowning achievement, they even constructed their own model solar automobiles.