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BASALT ” Three Basalt Girl Scouts became the first from their troop to win the Gold Award, the highest honor bestowed by the venerable organization.

Theresa Gerdin, Megan Southward and Karlie Zajac, all 18 years of age, earned their awards this spring, while graduating from high school and preparing for college. Gerdin and Zajac have been in the Basalt Girl Scout troop for 13 years, while Southward joined nine years ago. They were the last three girls remaining in a troop that once had 24 members. (The troops for younger girls have got strong ranks.)

The girls earned their awards by undertaking projects that required at least 60 hours. Zajac, whose passion is backpacking, wrote and self-published a book, and invented a game designed to inspire kids to get out in the backcountry.

Gerdin and Southward collaborated to write and illustrate a book about a deaf child’s experiences.

The girls were honored this week by the Basalt Town Council for their accomplishments. “The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into ‘going for Gold,'” said a proclamation read by Mayor Leroy Duroux.

“The three Basalt girls have put their hearts and soul into the Gold Award and the Town of Basalt salutes and congratulates them for receiving this national award,” the proclamation concluded.

Gerdin and Southward, graduates of Basalt High School, will both attend Colorado State University. Zajac, who graduated from Aspen High School, will attend the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

CARBONDALE ” Volunteers are being sought for the 2008 Carbondale Mountain Fair on July 25-27.

People are needed to man the Green Team, Peace Patrol and Outer Limits (stomperillas, control the streets of Carbondale). Help with numerous other Mountain Fair booths, stations and enterprises is needed as well. Volunteers who work four hours receive a Friend of Fair T-shirt.

To sign up, call the Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities at 963-1680.


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