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North Salem Girl Scouts Thank Emergency Responders

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NORTH SALEM, N.Y. - Two Girl Scout troops took part in the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps’ holiday event on the evening of Dec. 9.

The annual celebration, which takes place at the corps’ home base on Daniel Road, brings together community volunteers as a way to thank the emergency responders.

The North Salem Ambassador Girl Scout Troop (12th-graders) and the North Salem Cadette Girl Scout Troop (seventh-graders) met at the ambulance corps on the Sunday evening before the holiday dinner to prepare, baking a variety of cupcakes and cookies.

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Ambassador Troop member Carolyn Diamond explained that the Girl Scouts’ participation is a way to give back to local first responders, volunteer firefighters and police officers.

“It’s a way to say thank you for all that they do for us,” she said. Baking desserts for the holiday party has been a tradition among the two Girl Scout troops for the last few years.

Ambulance Corps Captain Maria Hlushko said that this year’s event differed slightly from past holiday parties in that medics and personnel from neighboring towns’ departments were present alongside the North Salem community.

“I’m very grateful for all the homemade desserts that the Girl Scouts made,” Hlushko stated. Her daughter was part of the Girl Scout troop that originally came up with the idea to make desserts for the ambulance corps event four years ago.

Hlushko noted that this year’s party was different in that a full dinner along with dessert was served.

“It worked out perfectly. There was a great turnout,” she said.

On the night of the holiday dinner, the entire parking lot and road adjacent to the build were packed with cars. The building was equally packed with members of the ambulance corps, North Salem Police and Croton Falls Fire Department, who were seated at long tables where they ate dinner with the Girl Scouts.

The chef of the night, Michael DePaoli, was hard at work cooking meatballs in a small, crowded kitchen, but he emerged long enough to pose for photos with Girl Scout troop leaders Debra Rei, Ida Siciliano and Nikki Pakula. The two other troop leaders, Jen Binette and Joanna Pastore, were not present.

Along with the meatballs, mozzarella sticks, pigs-in-the-blanket, fruit and cheese were the other delicacies available at the buffet.

The Ambassador Troop includes Carolyn Diamond, Amanda Siciliano, Olivia Marino, Hannah Pastore and Heather Pastore. The Cadette Troop includes Mia Castellano, Jillian Rei, Hailey Videla, Danielle Pakula, Maddy Martabano, Allison Outhouse, Ashley Binette, Alexandra DePaoli and Abby Mascia.

The North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps is always looking for both volunteers and donations. Get more information by visiting their website, NSVAC.org or calling 914-277-4944.

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