MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Driving around town, Mahopac motorists might notice that some of the roads are a bit cleaner these days.
That’s all thanks to the girls of Girl Scout Troop 1139, who took on a litter-busting project to earn their Bronze Awards.
On Saturday, Sept. 26, the scouts and some of their moms headed out to Stillwater Road, Secor Road and along Route 6 by the Mahopac Library to remove trash from the sides of the roads.
Lisa Manganelli, co-leader of Troop 1139, said to earn the Bronze Award, a scout must serve 20 hours responding to a current community issue. Service hours are earned individually, she said, but there are also group aspects to the award.
The Bronze Star effort began before the pandemic struck.
“Originally, the idea was to prepare meals for people in need, but then [the pandemic came and] we couldn’t go into a facility,” Manganelli explained. “Some girls prepared meals for people stuck at home but not all [scouts] could participate. So, we came up with this idea as a finishing part of the project. This was a need for the community.”
Manganelli said her co-leader, Keri Preikschat, suggested the cleanup.
“She recognized there are so many families out taking walks and using roadways, and there is a lot of trash around,” she said. “The girls loved the idea and did such a good job.”
They wound up gathering eight large bags of trash.
Grace Lutheran Church in Yorktown lent the scouts safety vests and trash grabbers and provided garbage bags. Manganelli notes that anyone interested in continuing the work can contact the Carmel Highway Department, which will also lend out the equipment.