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Meet the girls of Troop 13308 – Front row: Samarra Marvin (from left), Quinn Hamen, Abby Martin and Sage Brocco. Back row: Christina Ackerman (from left), Halla Swindle, Marissa Cornell, Kara Lange and Troop Leader Sandra Martin. Photo by CJC. (click for larger version)
May 30, 2012 - Bravo to Oxford Junior Girl Scout Troop #13308 from Clear Lake Elementary for helping to improve their little corner of the world.

The girls have been diligently weeding, trimming, raking and beautifying a private neighborhood park/beach area on Fernlock, so the residents will once again be able to use and enjoy this piece of land along the sparkling waters of Clear Lake.

"The neighborhood has grown up quite a bit, so there's not as many people who are able to come out here and help get it back to working order," said Troop Leader Sandra Martin. "We thought we'd come out and give them a head start."

"We're trying to clear the fence (of weeds and overgrown plants), so they can just come and mow," she continued. "We also planted flowers and we're going to paint the bike rack."

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The scouts have been working in the park since the beginning of May. The job will be completed later this week. When all is said and done, the troop will have invested about 12 hours worth of labor into the little park, according to Martin.

Martin believes this is a great project for her girls because "a little hard work will do them good."

"And we're making the world a better place one park at a time," she added.

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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