An Eagle award, of a different sort, to Scouts BSA Troop 1 for being the first local Boy Scout troop to accept girls. The Southern Pines troop brought aboard five girls during a ceremony recently.

Troop 1-G will function as an independent co-troop in essence, with its own adult scoutmaster and youth patrol leader, partnering with Troop 1 for meetings and activities. Troop 1 is chartered by VFW Post 7318 and St. Anthony’s of Padua Catholic Church.

“I think this is great and it’s a long time overdue,” said Troop 1 Scoutmaster Dilles Walker. “As a nation, we are one of three countries where scouting is not a combined co-ed program. We are investing in our future by helping to develop these young ladies.”

“I like to be adventurous,” said new member Elizabeth Davis. “When I learned a few months ago that Scouts BSA would accept girls, I knew I wanted to do this.”

Both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are still trying to work through the various issues that come with the changes, but it’s good to see the adults not standing in the way. Scouting has always been about developing character and leadership. This move is in keeping with both those goals.

Birdie, by the Good Samaritan Moore County paramedics who came to the aid recently not of the sick or injured but the broken down.

Peggy and Corbett Fields had come from their Columbus County home for a doctor’s appointment when the elderly couple noticed an ambulance behind them trying to get their attention. A paramedic told the couple they had a flat left front tire, then directed them to a safe place to pull over.

Out popped paramedics Daniel Schubert, Jason Webber and Jon Smith, who had the flat off in a jiffy and swapped it out with the spare.

“It was raining, muddy and cold that day, but they didn’t seem to mind at all,” Peggy Fields said. “This world has some great heroes if we only pay attention.”

Birdie, by the state Department of Transportation, for listening to local residents, businesses and government officials when it came to a solution for congestion along N.C. 5 from Pinehurst to Aberdeen.

DOT held two opportunities last week for folks to come out and look at the plans to widen the road and make adjustments to what is increasingly a busy stretch. N.C. 5 connects N.C. 211 in Pinehurst to U.S. 1 and 15-501 in Aberdeen, and many commuters are using it as a north-south corridor that bypasses the Traffic Circle and the congestion of U.S. 15-501.

Engineers and project consultants laid out large maps for all to see and answered questions over several hours. The entire 4.4-mile project area parallels the Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway, so the design had to account for that limitation.

“I think this is a great project. I like what I see,” said Earl Ingram, who lives west of Pinehurst.

Birdie, by Alexa Roberts, for stepping up and wanting to do her part. She was one of four people — and ultimately the successful one — interviewed recently by the Whispering Pines Village Council for the council seat vacated by Michelle Lexo.

Roberts moved here in 2015 and, a self-described stay-at-home mom and active community volunteer, represents the new guard of residents who have moved into Whispering Pines in recent years.

Roberts has volunteered at Sandhills Farm Life Elementary and also played a role in the successful school bond referendum campaign last year. In her interview last week, she said the village needs to be more open and improve the way it communicates with residents.

Wow. That’s a great start.

(2) comments

Jim Tomashoff

Trail Life was established as a fundamentalist christian alternative to the Boy Scouts. Non-Christians, and I suspect Catholics, need not apply. They are taught true American values, which from their perspective do not include children whose parents do not share their interpretations of the Bible. Not surprising that Kent would endorse it since he frequently asserts that the Founders established the United States as a "Christian" (read Protestant) Country.

Kent Misegades

“Both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are still trying to work through the various issues that come with the changes”. Reality is - Girls Scouts are sueing Boy Scouts. It doesn’t really matter, both organizations lost their moral compass and will continue to fade away. See Trail Life as one good alternative.

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