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By Staff | Mar 12, 2008

Tuesday brought early spring to our area, with temperatures breaking into the mid-40s.

That means people will be out in droves, walking, hiking, biking, and running. After being cooped up all winter, people can’t wait to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. So we need to watch out while we’re driving.

So please, be careful.

National Girl Scout Week

National Girl Scout Week will be held March 9-15.

In Girl Scouts, girls ages 5-17 enjoy many activities designed to enhance their self-esteem. This year, Girl Scouts of the USA has implemented a national math, science, and technology initiative to nurture girls’ early interest and ability in these areas. It’s one part of an ongoing effort to prepare today’s girls to take on the technological opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.

The annual Girl Scout Week commemorates the 1912 founding of Girl Scouting in the United States by Juliette Gordon Low. In the last 90 years, Girl Scouting has cultivated values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while teaching them critical life skills to later succeed as adults.

Girl Scouting is a way for young girls to maintain their values as they make the transition to young womanhood. Whether you have a girl who could benefit from Girl Scouting, if you would like to become a Girl Scout leader, or if your business or nonprofit organization would like to become a sponsoring organization, contact your local Girl Scout troop today.

Celebrating female athletes

Anyone who has seen the special on Iowa Public Television over the past week or so on Iowa six-person basketball teams can’t help but be impressed by the history of girls basketball in Iowa.

The program reviewed the accomplishments of Lynne Lorenzen of Ventura who holds the all-time girls basketball scoring record nationally with 6,736 points.

Iowa was the first state in the country to have a girls basketball program. A full 50 years before Title IX required high schools to offer equivalent programs for both girls and boys, Iowa girls were hitting the courts.

Congratulations go out to all of Iowa’s outstanding female high-school athletes.