April 02, 2020

‘Tis the season to order Girl Scout cookies

Even though it may be a while before someone actually knocks on your door — because the walking is so treacherous — it’s Girl Scout cookie time!

Now through Thursday, Jan. 29, your neighborhood Girl Scout, one of 8,000 members of the Abnaki Girl Scout Council, will be taking orders for those famous cookies, and she hopes you will support her efforts to help her troop and the council as you have in the past.

The Abnaki council has chosen to stay with Little Brownie Bakers, so you can still purchase the familiar Thin Mints, Trefoils, Do-Si-Dos, Chalet Cremes and Snaps in addition to the new Striped Chocolate Chip.

However, the purchase price is now up to $3 per box. But that increase is only because the Abnaki council has just become the last council in New England to increase its price by 50 cents per box, according to council executive director Jo Stevens.

The Scouts pay 82 cents for each box of cookies, the shipping and the printed forms.

Individual troops receive 55 cents per box to use for troop activities.

The council receives $1.60 per box for sale costs, sale recognitions, council programs for girls and services for volunteers.

Delivery of the cookies will begin in late February.

The Abnaki Girl Scout Council serves girls in Aroostook, Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington counties as well as the eastern portion of Somerset County.

If you have not been contacted by a Girl Scout and are interested in the cookies, or if you would like more information about the Girl Scouts, call 989-7474 or 800-464-3858.

Speaking of Scouts, Donna Walton of Seal Harbor, leader of Girl Scout Junior Troop 291, extends a public thank-you to Tom Workman and staff at the Ground Round in Bangor.

Walton wrote that she, co-leader Allyson Wallace and troop members Katie Massicotte, Alisha Walton, Chelsea Libitzki, Lindsey Hendricks, Colleen Higgins, Aimee Brooks and Jackie Spofford thank Workman for making their recent outing in Bangor a success.

The troop came to the Queen City to stay at a local motel, swim and watch movies on the motel’s VCR. But through a “miscommunication with the motel,” Walton and Wallace found themselves “with nine girls and nothing to do.”

During dinner at the Ground Round, Walton called more than six local video stores in search of a VCR without success. Fortunately for Junior Troop 291 and its leaders, those calls were overheard by sympathetic ears.

“Could you believe it?” Walton wrote of staff at the Ground Round.

“They offered us their business TV-VCR for our use for the rest of the night. We could do what we planned! Our night was not wrecked after all.”

People can find “a lot of good in places where you would not even look for it. Here is the proof,” she wrote. From the girls and their leaders to Workman and his staff, “Thank you so very much.”

While some companies and individuals allegedly are attempting to profiteer from the worst winter storm to strike our state in recent memory, others are willingly making financial contributions to help those in need.

We are proud the Bangor Daiy News is one of 16 companies that have made contributions to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for Maine.

Led by a $15,000 donation from the WCSH-6/WLBZ-2/Gannett Foundation, a total of $78,500 has been donated by the following companies: the NEWS; Fleet Bank of Maine; Hannaford Bros.; KeyBank; Time-Warner Cable; Lemforder Corp.; WMTW-TV; Merrill Merchants Bank; Portland Rotary Club; Maine Radio & Television; Dawson, Smith, Purvis & Bassett; WGME-TV; Guy Gannett Co.; The Portland Newspapers and L.L. Bean.

Due to the ice storm, the United Cerebral Palsy of Northeastern Maine Phone-a-thon scheduled for Jan. 19, 20, 22, 26, 27 and 29 has been postponed.

Dawn Moody of UCP reports that the fund-raiser will now take place during the last week of February and the first week of March.

We will be sure to remind you of those dates as they approach.

The Maine Children’s Trust, a statewide private, nonprofit organization working to prevent child abuse and neglect, is seeking applicants to award at least seven grants from its $140,000 “Major Grants” category.

Proposals are being sought from community-based organizations addressing the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Proposed projects must directly complement the “Healthy Familes” initiative, a home-visitation program developed in Hawaii. Proposals must also match MCT funds with alternate monies or in-kind resources.

Richard Gyory is the executive director of MCT. More information and an application package can be obtained by calling MCT at 645-3446 or writing MCT, 47 Lake Road, Wilton, ME 04294.

We inadvertently added an extra letter to Rhoda Smith’s name — as she told us others have often done — in the section of last Thursday’s column thanking the community for the support her family received following the unexpected death of her husband, the late Norman Smith of Orono.

The Standpipe, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; 990-8288.

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