by Lisa Tome
The weather wasn't kind to Girl Scouts from Troops 334 and 170.
Twice, a beautification event, designed to be a "thank you" for their host church had to be postponed due to rain. But the sun shined brightly on the third attempt allowing the scouts the chance to make their meeting place, Rising Sun Seventh Day Adventist Church, a little nicer.
"This is a service project as a favor to the church," said Leader Melissa Combs.
The troops bought perennials and annuals and two bushes and began planting them in the church flower beds and around the sign at the front of the church located on Walnut Street.
"It's easy to do," said seven-year-old Nevaeh Combs.
Paige Powers, also seven, said she practiced for the church planting by doing yardwork and planting at home.
Regan Combs, five, a Daisy Scout, said that the troop members will get to see their work grow.
Savannah Combs, nine, explained the work that goes into planting. "It's really easy. But your legs will hurt and your hands will get rough," she said.
Sandi Powers said that their planting chore was a good project for her daughter. "I love it. She learned a lot from this and feels good about what she's done. Scouting has been so good for her. She was so shy," said Powers.
Joey Combs, Jr. is the father of four daughters and is also a leader for the troops. He said he likes the feeling the scouts get by returning a favor to the church. "The church lets us have our meetings here. The least we can do is the flowers," he said.
In addition to this project being an expression of gratitude for the church, it also helped some of the Girl Scouts complete service project requirements for the Bronze Award.