by Lisa Tome
When he's not busy at his job as a professional firefighter in another county, Stew Fowler does hero work close to home.
Fowler, of North East, is the Cookie Cupboard Manager for the Chesapeake Bay Girl Scout Council's Service Unit 1. That means he oversees the sale cookies at the booths held in various locations throughout the county. Booth sales started recently.
Fowler supplied nearly 20 troops with their booth sale cookies. His stash, stored at Hopewell Community Center, included 350 cases (12 boxes per case) of Thin Mints, 250 cases of Samoas, 150 Tagalongs, 100 Do-si-dos, 75 Trefoils, 50 Savannah Smiles, 40 Rah-Rah Raisin, and 20 cases of the gluten free Toffee Tastic variety.
"I have two daughters in scouts and no sons," said Fowler. "I've been doing cookies for six years. It's fun. It's a lot of fun."
Fowler isn't the only person keeping busy with cookies this time of year. Melissa Combs and her husband, Joey have four daughters ages 13,11,9, and 7. Combs and her husband are both scout leaders, each overseeing a different troop. They manage the cookies for both troops and make sure that the cookies their daughters sold, about 450 boxes collectively, get delivered. They also spend weekends manning cookie booths to help with troop goals.
"I like it (cookie sales). It teaches the girls a lot of things such as reaching their goals," said Combs. She and her husband were picking up cookies that had been pre-ordered. Hopewell Church was the pick-up spot for troop cookie managers on Wednesday. Pre sold quantities included 50 cases of Savannah Smiles, 71 cases of Trefoils, 87 cases of Do-si-dos, 155 cases of Samoas, 44 cases of Rah-Rah Raisin, 139 cases of Tagalongs, 209 cases of Thin Mints, and 28 cases of Toffee Tastic.