CHERRY VALLEY – Girl Scouts, Bailey Thayer and Zola Palmer are making a difference in their community.
When brainstorming service project ideas, the fourth and fifth-grade juniors suggested improving the village playground behind the Cherry Valley Community Center – formerly the Cherry Valley School – by adding more equipment.
Specifically, Zola is excited to add spinners to the current equipment. “I like to spin,” she said.
Bailey is looking forward to adding a handicapped swing to the mix. “There are not many in the area, and we have kids in our school that are disabled and are wheelchair-bound. I think it would be nice to have options locally for them to play on a playground,” she said.
Oneonta Girl Scout Liv Robinson, above, places a commemorative stone in the center of the Interactive Cancer Memorial & Survivor Garden she and other members of Troop 30132 built at the OWL Nest in Fortin Park. The two-year project includes a stone walkway, an interactive arbor where names of those lost may be written, and a forthcoming “wind phone” booth, where people can send their memories out on the wind. Following the dedication, each girl was presented with the Girl Scouts’ Silver Pin, one of the highest awards. At right, from left, Julia Rissberger, Bailey Roy, Sasha Dudek and Liv Robinson pose for a group photo as they cut a celebratory cake. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Girl Scout Hannah Sheldon of Springfield Center captures the spirit of the holiday at today’s 104th Springfield Center Fourth of July Parade, which marched down Main Street in 94-degree heat. Hannah is with Troop 967, Springfield Center. At right, Springfield Center’s Loretta Fish attended her hometown’s Fourth of July Parade for the 30th time today; she posed with son Alex Dowd, 8. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Oneonta Girl Scouts Holly Beitzel, right, and Bridgette Dickson recite the Girl Scout Oath in Neahwa Park on Wednesday afternoon as part of their troop’s award ceremony. The ceremony saw Beitzel and Dickson get promoted from Brownie to Junior with several of their friends also earning Junior rank. Caitlyn and Natalie Thompson, pictured at right, both of Oneonta, were also recognized during the ceremony for earning their bronze and silver awards respectively. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
CHICKEN & BISCUIT DINNER – 5 – 7 p.m. Support the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts program in Morris. Enjoy a delicious dinner or get takeout. Cost, $9/adult. Morris United Methodist Church, 17 Church St., Morris. Call 607-316-8239.