Girl Scouts honored at lighting dedication
Brandee Patton crouched down by the electrical box surrounded by hundreds of onlookers.
They were all waiting for the countdown to reach zero, when Patton would flip the switch on Fairfield’s downtown lights. When she did, the Christmas season had officially begun.
Patton and Beth Clubb are leaders of the Girl Scout Troop 9281, which was honored at Friday night’s lighting dedication in Fairfield’s Central Park.
Josie Hannes of the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Holiday Committee told the crowd about what the Girl Scout troop had done for the community. The committee chooses a person or group that shows tremendous holiday spirit. The Girl Scouts were chosen because they renovated and decorated the holiday nativity scene in Central Park. The nativity scene needed new grass, and the Girl Scouts stepped up to the task.
Clubb said she suggested the girls fix up the reindeer in Central Park. City employee Joe Hird said the nativity scene needed a little work, too, and the girls were more than happy to help.
“The girls were all gung-ho for that idea,”
Club said most of the repairs and redecorating occurred in the fall of 2012. She said the Girl Scouts repainted a number of figures, such as Santa, the candy canes and some gingerbread men.
Hannes said the Girl Scouts help the community in myriad other ways, such as caroling at nursing homes, donating hats and mittens to kids in need and buying Christmas gifts for children off the mitten tree at Walmart. The girls also help with night-hikes at the Oakland Mills Nature Center near Mount Pleasant. Hannes said many girls have earned bronze and silver Girl Scout awards for their efforts.
The Girl Scouts honored Friday were Alex Vice, Kylie Martin, Hannah Clubb, Bailey Hird, Emma Clubb, Allison Pohren, Taylor Blomme, Carlee Smith and Addison Tarrence.
Before the dedication, director Zach Reiter led Fairfield High School choir members and alumni in singing carols. After the ceremony, attendees stood in line to meet Santa Claus in his Kandy Kane House. They also partook of wagon rides provided by Spees Pony Farm.