By Elizabeth Burtner


There is a three-item plastic recycling effort going on with Mr. Steve from the Brownie Girl Scouts Troop 1260. He is a firefighter with the Fort Eustis Fire Department, and a paramedic in Newport News. He is collecting the shrink wrap that encloses water bottles in bundles of six, 12 or 24 and more; plastic grocery bags, and plastic bubble wrap. He is participating in a drive to collect 600 pounds of plastics. The goal is to have enough material to construct a TREX bench for the firefighters to enjoy using in their spare time.

A few other members of his department are: Ken Casey, who helps with Troop 11 Boy Scouts; and Bobby Privette, who is a member of Chestnut Memorial UMC. Let's "Trash Our Trash" and help with this recycling project. Steve will be collecting through June and they already are halfway to their goal. You may pass your items to Elizabeth who will in turn get them to him. Thank you again for your help!

Troop 11 has met their fundraising goals by selling mulch again. Recycling trees and using it to enrich our landscape and keep our plants moist and protected is another great way to look after our planet. Earth Day began on Apr. 22, 1970. Caring about our planet can and should be a daily thought. Please do your part when possible. It all adds up!

May Day is a tradition worth sharing. No, I'm not talking about "may day" for help! I'm thinking about little bundles of flowers or small token gifts left in a cone or small basket on someone's doorknob or porch. It is always done on the first day of May. But, consider this springtime celebration as a sweet pick-me-up that adds joy and good cheer to someone's day. You "may" have heard about maypoles as well with the bright colorful ribbons or streamers that hang from the top of a pole and end up interwoven as the youth dance around while holding onto them. This year, May Day falls on Sunday, May 1. So dance about, being cheerful, shout out blessings of springtime joy! Care about our planet, recycle and love one another! Until next month, please pitch in.


Points of Contact for Scouting at Chestnut:

Girl Scouts, Troop 1260: contact Sandy Elder,
Boy Scouts, Troop 11-B (boys): contact Orie Heist,