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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains – Fanwood Thursday, June 25, 1998 Page 5

Since there are no scheduled activities for Westfield Girl Scouts during the summer months, we'll take this opportunity to inform the public about Girl Scout activities in general. The following is an example of an activity which soon cascaded into a wider and more enjoyable learning experience.

What started out as a Silver Award project for two Westfield Cadette Girl Scouts, Molly Orbach and Sara Burke, soon grew into an enjoyable boating weekend. Molly and Sara began by organizing a Kayaking Skills Workshop 101 on April 7 in the Fanwood/ Scotch Plains YMCA. They engaged the assistance of two experts, Jeff and Elizabeth Robins of Eastern Mountain Sports in Union, who taught basic paddling skills, wet exits (a kayaking term for safely getting out of your kayak in the event it overturns), and water safety to ten interested Westfield Girl Scouts.

Having secured this training, Molly and Sara then provided their expertise at the Westfield Encampment held in May


Westfield Girl Scouts Tell Activities, Learning Experiences

Written by Girl Scouts for Girl Scouts

at Camp Hoover. Here they taught third and fourth grade Girl Scouts the paddling skills they needed to know in order to use a canoe.

Though the requirements for their Silver Award had now been fulfilled, Molly and Sara decided to continue with their boating experience. As a result, they decided to organize a boating weekend. They contacted Zohr Outdoor Adventures in Charlemont, Massachusetts. The girls decided to include in the weekend, planned for May 30- 31, a Sit- on- Top Kayak River trip and a whitewater rafting trip. The Sit- on- Top Kayak Trip utilized kayaks which didn't have skirts, therefore no wet exits would occur and less training was required. Four girls and two adults attended the weekend trip. The girls were required to wear rafting jackets and boat shoes. On the Sit- OnTop Kayak trip, the girls rode seven miles down the Deerfield River. On the whitewater rafting trip, they traveled eleven miles on the Deerfield River above the Zohr Gap, where high waters exist due to the fact that there are controlled, predicted releases daily. These releases are produced by the Yankee Hydroelectric Plant.

The girls felt that their Silver Award project and its extensions were quite successful. When asked if they would recommend their trip to other Girl Scouts, the girls replied "definitely." The excitement that the girls felt after teaching boating skills and enjoying themselves on a boating weekend was incredible. Hopefully, their story will encourage others to take up a similar summertime activity.

This column may be viewed at the Westfield Leader Web site at www. goleader. com/ girlscouts.

This column is prepared monthly by Westfield Girl Scouts for the scouting community and the public.

Mr. Peer Becomes Member Of Rotary Club of Westfield

Carl Peer, a town resident, was inducted recently into the Rotary Club of Westfield. He was sponsored for membership by Rotarian Darryl Walker.

Rotarian Peer and his wife, Eileen, have three children. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Glassboro State College, now Rowan University, and a master's degree in public administration from New York University.

He also graduated with honors from Seton Hall University Law School, and has practiced law for 12 years, the last five as a solo practitioner in Westfield.

Rotarian Peer serves on the Board of Directors of the Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and was ap

NEW INDUCTEE… Carl Peer, center, was recently inducted into the Rotary Club of Westfield. He is pictured after the ceremony with his sponsor, Rotarian Darryl Walker, right, and Club President Dr. D. Michael Hart.

pointed by former Mayor Bud C. Boothe to the Mayor's Task Force on parking in 1997.

That same year, he received an Award of Merit from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, in recognition of his commitment to the protection of children and his knowledge of international child abduction issues.

Area Residents Earn Academic Recognition

John Cossolini of Fanwood and Charles Maffey of Westfield, both freshmen, received academic honors for the third marking period at St. Peter's Preparatory School in Jersey City.

M. Dustin Davis Among Graduates for 1998 From Oratory Prep

M. Dustin Davis, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Davis of Westfield, graduated on June 6 from Oratory Catholic Prep School in Summit.

Dustin, who served as President of the Student Council, received both the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference Scholar/ Athlete Award and the Headmaster's Leadership Award.

The recipient of several scholarships, Dustin plans to attend Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania in the fall.

Students Recreate Paintings For Display on School Quilt

ARTISTIC IMPRESSIONS… Fifth- grade students at the Wardlaw- Hartridge School display a quilt featuring drawings they made based on famous paintings. Pictured, left to right, are: William Kim, who chose Caravaggio's "Boy With Basket of Fruit;" Colin Faust, who selected Vincent Van Gogh's "Chair," and Alicia Roldan, who recreated Georges Seurat's "Bathers at Asniéres." All three youngsters are from Westfield. The students worked under the direction of Susan Howard of North Plainfield, Lower School art teacher

As part of their art curriculum, fifth graders at the Wardlaw- Hartridge School recently created a quilt depicting famous paintings.

Each student was asked to choose a well- known painting by a favorite artist, and then to copy the work onto a seveninch cloth square, using colored pencils.

The purpose of the project was to expose students to a variety of artistic styles and periods, including impressionism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism. The Wardlaw- Hartridge School is

an independent, coeducational institution located at 1295 Inman Avenue in Edison.

A member of the National Association of Independent Schools and the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, Wardlaw- Hartridge serves more than 40 communities in central New Jersey.

The school welcomes students of all races, religions, national backgrounds, and economic circumstances.

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