Shoreham-Wading River: Seven Girl Scouts from Troop 3882 receive Gold Award

We certainly have experienced some warm and sunny days lately. Let’s hope that your Fourth of July celebration with family and friends was a lovely gathering on a beautiful day, when you shared good food, good company and lots of laughter.

Seven young women from local Girl Scout Troop 3882, Service Unit 69, were honored for the highest recognition a Girl Scout can receive: the Gold Award. The seven who received certificates of recognition on June 14 were Lauren Abbatiello, Kristin Kirland, Laura Kovack, Cathryn Menarchem, Kaitlyn O’Toole, Meghan Spillane and Lillian Vail.

Lauren solicited monetary donations and collected 600 bottles of children’s vitamins to donate to children’s service groups across eastern Long Island. Kristin, Cathryn and Meghan totally refurbished the Albert G. Prodell Middle School’s greenhouse by making repairs, repainting, replanting and doing everything needed for a brand-new look, including replacing the cover. Kaitlyn and Laura worked at Save-A-Pet to do research, collect donations and build an eight-foot fence for the dog compound. They also collected discarded couch cushions and sewed over 40 dog beds.

Lily raised money and rented space to conduct an International Reading Day and initiated a plan for future reading days. She also collected school supplies to donate to victims of Japan’s earthquake. The Shoreham-Wading River community applauds the girls’ goodness and enthusiasm to find a need and fulfill it. They should be very proud of themselves and their parents, fellow troop members and the community are proud of them, too.

The Shoreham Civic Organization presented its 2011 scholarship to Melaina Badalian of Shoreham, a college-bound Shoreham-Wading River High School senior, now graduate. SCO president Rich Belsky presented Melaina with the second annual scholarship on June 15. Congratulations to Melaina and all the past and future recipients of this scholarship. You are the future leaders of tomorrow.

If you’d like to pick up some “hot summer reading deals” but not travel far to get them, North Shore Public Library is having a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9, and from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Call 929-4488.

Until we meet here again next week, be well.