Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Lemon

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase “Everything that’s old will become new again.” I’m not really sure who to credit that bit of wisdom to, but it applies to…Girl Scout Cookies.

Tammy Minnigh, one of the Troop leaders for Highland Girl Scout Troop 429 explains.

“This year Girl Scout cookie time started on January 1st, and we’ll be selling Girl Scout cookies through March 15th. The cookie sales are probably our biggest fundraiser of the year. Part of it goes to actually pay for the cookies; part of it goes to the Girl Scout organization nationwide who helps provide for programming; and part of it goes directly back here to our troops, and then we can use that for all of our , for our meetings every month, or to raise money to go on trips, which is one of the big things we’re working on this year.”

She noted, “We are both taking orders and we have some cookies currently here to sell. In our area because we don’t have a really big batch of neighborhoods to go door to door, most of the girls ask their family members, their friends, at church, and other organizations. Some parents take the cookie order sheets to their jobs and has their co- workers. We do have some girls who go door to door if they live in town or a small neighborhood.”

“We did a cookie open house at the Monterey United Methodist Church last week, where people could come in and just buy cookies right there. And we’ll be doing a couple of other afternoons, a couple of Fridays, where we will be set up in front of some of the businesses in town, for people to stop by after school from like 3:15 to 4:30.”

“Some girls are actually delivering cookies because they took orders starting January 1st, and we got our first shipment of cookies in last week, so the girls could pick those up on Friday and hand them out. So we’ve already started handing out batches from the first order, but we are still taking orders, because we can get another two orders from the Girl Scout bakery.”

I know what you’re thinking – “ Scott, you rambled about old things becoming new at the beginning of this story, but we’ve been supporting Girl Scouts by buying cookies for years  – is there anything new?”

“There is. There are two bakeries who do cookies for this part of the country, and we have switched back to Little Brownie Bakers. So some of the names people will remember from maybe a decade ago, those familiar names, are back: the Do-Si-Do’s, the Tag-Alongs. So same cookies, but different bakery- (the) prints different, (the) packaging. And there is a new cookie this year called Lemon-Ups, which is a lemon flavored cookie with inspirational sayings printed on it.”

Full disclosure – I got to try some of the new lemon cookies, and while I can definitely vouch for how good they are, I can’t vouch for the inspirational sayings on them – mostly because I ate them too fast without looking. If you would like to investigate this for yourself or check out any of the new-old cookies while supporting the Scouts, Ms. Minnigh tells you how.

“If they know a girl who’s in Girl Scouts, they can contact them. If they don’t know somebody, then they can call me. My home phone number is540- 396-3418, and I’ll put them in touch with a girl who lives somewhere near them, and they can arrange to pick up some cookies.”

For Allegheny….

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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