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100th year of Girl Scout Cookie sales under way
GLEN CARBON — The 2017 Girl Scout Cookie Program marks the celebration of 100 years of sales. Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois will kick off the iconic cookie program Jan. 6-8 during the first Cookie Booth Weekend of the season.
At these Cookie Booths, customers can purchase cookies directly from troops set up at local establishments throughout Southern Illinois. From Jan. 7 to Jan. 28, Girl Scouts will take orders for the delicious treats, which will be delivered in late February.
To get connected to a Girl Scout in your area, call (800) 345-6858 or visit http://bit.ly/CookieFinder.
Customer demand for Girl Scout Cookies following delivery has been high historically, so additional Cookie Booth Weekends will be held from late February through March.
In addition to cookie booths and traditional orders, girls will also be able to sell Girl Scout cookies online through a safe, interactive platform called Digital Cookie. Digital Cookie combines traditional sales activities with today’s technology to help girls learn more about online marketing and ecommerce. Girls are able customize their personal sales website and then use e-mail to invite friends and family to order cookies from the comfort of their home.
In addition to building business skills, the girls earn money to support activities, fund community service and leadership projects, attend summer camp and travel. In addition, proceeds from the program help GSSI recruit and train adult volunteers, provide financial assistance so Girl Scouting is available to all girls, maintain camp properties and develop and deliver quality program activities for girls.
The first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts occurred in 1917, when a troop from Muskogee, Okla., baked cookies and sold them in the high school cafeteria to fund a service project. Today, nearly 1 million Girl Scouts participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program.
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois serves 13,000 girls and 4,800 adult volunteers in more than 40 counties in Southern Illinois. Girl Scouting has inspired more than 50 million girls and women since its founding in 1912.
Here are spots to drop off your Christmas trees
EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County again has outlets for residents to dispose of Christmas trees for recycling and chipping.
The Madison County Planning and Development, which develops and implements the county’s sustainability programs, has announced the Christmas Tree Recycling stations in cities, villages and townships that are currently accepting the trees.
The locations are:
Alton: Milton Park at South end of Aberdeen, Haskell Park at 1211 Henry St., Riverview Park on Bluff Street, Alton
Collinsville: Public Works Garage, 850 S. Morrison St., Collinsville
Edwardsville: Township Community Park, 6368 Center Grove Road, near the trash bin in the lower parking lot. Trees accepted until Jan. 31
Granite City: Granite City Parks Department 29th and State Street
Madison: Curbside pickup
Wood River: City Garage at 143 & 14th Street and Envirotech Facility, 144 Lantana Drive
Alhambra: Village Maintenance Shed 421 Elm St.
Bethalto: Behind Water Office, 101 South Prairie
East Alton: Municipal Garage, 331 Playground Court
Glen Carbon: Citizens Park, Daenzer Street
Godfrey: Street Department 6212 Godfrey Road
Grant Fork: Municipal Shed, 210 Lynn St.
Hartford: Curbside pickup
Fort Russell Township: Highway Garage, 112 Clover St.
Foster Township: Township Garage, 4754 Fosterburg Road
Hamel Township: Township Highway Department, 403 N. Old U.S. Route 66
Helvetia Township: Township Shed at 12466 Buckeye Rd, Highland
Leef Township: Township Garage 12905 Niggli Road, Highland
Marine Township: Township Shed at 620 North Vernon St.
Nameoki Township: Township Highway Department 4250 State Route 162. Trees may be dropped off at front gate without obstructing the entrance.
Olive Township: Highway Department, 8363 Frontage Road
Omphghent Township: Township Shed, 650 Main St.
Pin Oak Township: 3700 Tosovsky Lane, Edwardsville
St. Jacob Township: Township Highway Garage, 10048 Ellis Road, St. Jacob
Troy: Tri-Township Park, in parking lot by Pavilion One, 410 Wickliffe St, Troy
Venice Township: 910 Madison Avenue, Venice
Wood River Township: 1010 8th Street, Cottage Hills. Drop-off Monday 8-12 or Friday 12-3 or pick-up with bagged yard waste; township residents encouraged to call ahead for pick-up at (618) 259-2490
The Planning and Development department’s sustainability and recycling programs serve Madison County communities through a wide-range of programs that promote wise use of resources and awareness of sustainability-related issues and options.
Southern Illinois Builders Association awards $25,000 in scholarships
The Southern Illinois Builders Association Education Committee has selected the following nine candidates to receive an SIBA scholarship: Bradley Verdun from Edwardsville; Patrick Nelson from St. Louis; Alexandra Plocher from Highland; Andrew Westerhold from Edwardsville; Blake Branz from O’Fallon, Ill; Levi James from Mount Carmel, Ill; Ryan Cannady, Belleville; Connor Followell, Marion; and Lucas Koopmann, Breese. SIBA solicits candidates for the scholarships in the fall and requests that information be submitted by mid-November in order for the SIBA Education Committee to make selections. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in the field of construction management/construction related engineering/architectural. To obtain a list of requirements for the scholarships, contact Donna at the SIBA office (618) 624-9055.
Recycle Christmas lights and electronics at event at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital
BELLEVILLE – Tons of Christmas lights are discarded each year in the U.S. and the EPA estimates that out of 3.14 tons of overall e-waste generated in the U.S. in 2013, 1.87 million tons went into landfills and incinerators.
HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital’s Mission Integration Committee is doing its part to help protect the environment with an Electronics Recycling Collection on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of the Prairie Heart Institute Building, 340 W. Lincoln St. in Belleville.
“As a Franciscan ministry, we strive to be good stewards of the Earth and proudly offer collection events such as this to the community so that everyone can do their part to preserve the planet’s natural resource today and for future generations,” said Donna Meyers, director of Mission Integration, Pastoral Care and Community Benefit.
SpectrumEcycle Solutions Inc. will be managing the electronics recycling collection. For this event, unwanted Christmas lights will be accepted in addition to any electronic/electrical device that plugs in or uses a battery. Items not accepted include tube TVs, CRT computer monitors, light bulbs.
The public can contact SpectrumEcycle Solutions at (314) 428-0777 with any questions.
All donations are tax deductible.