Delhi scout groups help support local animal shelter

Shweta Karikehalli | THe Daily StarTiger Cub Scout hopefuls Franklin Metlicke, Miles Holland, Tommy Ambrose and Shaine Pawlikowski pose in front of their decorated tree at the Delaware County Historical Society on Saturday, Nov. 30. 

Whether by decorating a tree or fundraising for supplies, two Delhi scout groups are showing support for the Heart of the Catskills Humane Society.

The shelter’s Holiday for the Heart Tree Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Delaware County Historical Association. Admission is $5 and includes one raffle ticket. Children accompanied by a parent will be admitted for free, according to the shelter’s website. There will be live holiday music, a bake sale, light food, holiday gift shopping and more at the event, according to the website. 

Up until Friday, Dec. 6, people may view holiday trees decorated by local groups or individuals at the Delaware County Historical Association. They may buy tickets for when the trees are raffled off Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m.

Soon-to-be Tiger Cub Scouts Franklin Metlicke, Miles Holland, Tommy Ambrose, Shaine Pawlikowski, Jaysen McKee and Colton Schneider just finished decorating one of these trees. The scouts collected some of their decorations, including pine cones, milkweed pods and acorns, from a local hike they took in October. Scout Franklin Metlicke, 7, said his favorite part of the hike was when a monarch butterfly landed on Ambrose, and then flitted over to him. 

Metlicke’s mother, Pam, said the theme of the tree is “Tiger Cub Scouting is PAWsome! Go Take a Hike!” There are paper footprints circling the tree and a tiger stuffed animal on top to depict the boys’ goal of becoming Tiger Scouts. 

Also Saturday, Delhi Girl Scout Troop 30206 will present the shelter with homemade braided dog toys, cat scratchers, kennel blankets, kennel risers, bleach, dog and cat toys, paper products, wet canned food, litter and more.

Troop Member Vanessa Cormier, 10, said the scouts had a meeting at the shelter to discuss what they needed to do to get the award. Cormier’s fellow scouts are Vanessa Dudley, Grace Nichols, Olivia Carey, Dana Condon, Faith Sass, Adelaide Mack, Carly Guy, Makenna Naples and Emma Place.

Cormier said many of the girls love animals, making the shelter an easy choice for a service project. 

 “I really enjoy doing it for the good of the Humane Society and I really enjoy being a Girl Scout because I get to help out my community,” Cormier said.

 The troop of 11 girls chose to help the shelter for their Bronze Award project. The Bronze Award is the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can achieve, according to the Girl Scouts website.

The girls raised money from a bake sale and by selling homemade products, Troop co-leader Penny Harageones said. 

They hope to raise the remaining $231 needed for the project this Friday at SUNY Delhi’s Holiday Bazaar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., where they will be selling pillows and reusable grocery bags. 

Samantha Misa, director’s assistant at the Delaware County Historical Association, said it’s a tradition for many people to come look at the trees, enjoy live music and benefit the shelter. She said the shelter is the “best neighbor you could ask for.”

 The Heart of the Catskills Humane Society serves more than 70% of Delaware county and some surrounding counties, according to its website. To learn more about the shelter, visit www.heartofthecatskills.org/index.htm

Shweta Karikehalli, staff writer, can be reached at skarikehalli@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7221. Follow her @DS_ShwetaK on Twitter.

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