Written by Colleen Maidhof Saturday, 22 February 2014 00:00
Girl Scout cookie lovers all across the country can see the faces of two sisters from Albertson on two different cookie boxes. Madeleine Jex, 14, from Troop 1100, is featured on the Samoas, and her younger sister, Bailey, a Brownie from Troop 53, is featured on the
Savannah Smiles. The sisters are excited to be selling cookie boxes with their faces on them, and they are very grateful to have this memory to hold on to forever.
The Jex sisters were chosen to be on the boxes after they submitted an essay about the skills that they learned in Scouts. Several girls were chosen to go on a photo shoot in 2011; however, only the best photos were chosen.
Each box also has a quote from an unattributed Girl Scout that explains the box’s theme.
“Each box has a theme that we learned,” Madeleine explained. “Mine is about speaking out. I wasn’t really giving a speech on the Samoa’s box, I was posing.”
Baily added, “I was helping out at a soup kitchen with other Scouts during the photo shoot. We learned how important volunteering is in meetings. It was a lot of fun.”
Having your face on a cookie box does have perks.
“When I go out and sell cookies, I show people a box of the Savannah Smiles, and I say ‘that’s me,’” Bailey said. “People usually buy them.”
The sisters are very excited to be selling the cookies, and they hope to sell many boxes for their troop. “It is very cool because when I see other girls selling cookies, I know that they are selling boxes with us on them,” Madeleine said. “It is cool to see everyone’s reaction when I show them.” They both agreed that being on a cookie box will stay in their memories.
“You don’t get to be on a cookie box too often,” Bailey said. “It is really cool, and it is a great opportunity.”
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00
Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.
Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied.
“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events.
After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer.
Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park. This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought.
Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20. Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.