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Scout Troops Contribute to the Fabric of Community in West Chicago

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  • West Chicago Park District staff work along side Boy Scouts and Troop Leaders from Troop #33 on downtown garden beds.

      West Chicago Park District staff work along side Boy Scouts and Troop Leaders from Troop #33 on downtown garden beds.
    Krista Coltrin

Rosemary Mackey

West Chicago, Illinois: May 17, 2013 -- As volunteers go, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts lead the pack. For the past two years, West Chicago Boy Scout Troop #33 sponsored by Glen Arbor Community Church, has taken on the service project of beautifying downtown West Chicago by planting a variety of flowers and ornamental grasses supplied by the City in downtown beds. Additionally, West Chicago Girl Scout Troop # 50386 is pitching in with their individual creativity in creating colorful art posters to help promote an upcoming event.

Both troop leaders Duane Gill and Rita Butler are active members of the committee that plans the City's annual downtown garden festival, Blooming Fest. The event, scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 9:00 -- 3:00 p.m., is the kick-off to a summer season which hopefully will draw plenty of pedestrian traffic downtown for the many new small businesses that have popped up recently, as well as for the exciting new series of public art banners hanging on Main Street.

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Praising their community service, West Chicago Mayor Ruben Pineda commented, "It's wonderful to see the enthusiasm and energy of our young people, and the role models leading them, taking ownership in their community and contributing to the overall quality of life for all of us". Mayor Pineda will join the Scouts at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday for an opening flag ceremony at Blooming Fest at the entertainment stage near 200 Main Street.

Scouts will be busy all morning serving piping hot pancake breakfasts for hungry visitors of Blooming Fest from 8:00 a.m. -- 12:00 p.m. at the American Legion, 123 Main Street. On the menu are pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage and a beverage. The charge is $6 per person; children age three and under are free. Proceeds help with the boys' camp expenses.

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