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Girl Scouts Headed to Mount Vernon

December 8, 2012
By SARAH HARMON - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Two St. Clairsville Girl Scout troops have the chance to honor the first U.S. president today during a trip to Mount Vernon, Va.

Members of Troop No. 5763 and No. 3232, and a member of the Ohio River Valley Council Troop No. 59, will conduct a wreath laying ceremony at George Washington's grave with a special wreath from a local Belmont County farm. Feisley Tree Farms, owned by Theresa and Geoff Feisley in Belmont, Ohio, has created a custom-made wreath the scouts will lay on the grave.

According to Theresa Feisley, the wreath is a "period" piece consisting of entirely natural materials that are significant to Virginia or Mount Vernon. These include the American Holly, which is grown at Mount Vernon, as well as Port Orford-Cedar, Fraser Fir and pine cones.

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The St. Clairsville Girl Scouts will be using a custom-made wreath from Feisley Tree Farms for a wreath laying ceremony at George Washington’s grave in Mount Vernon, Va. today. The elements of the wreath are all-natural and each have significance to the event. Members of the troop include Brenna Planey, Kelsey Smith, Geoff Feisley, Nicole Beck, Katelynne Davenport, Caroline Smith, Natalie Planey and Elena Polinsky along with farm owner Theresa Feisley.

According to troop leader, Kristin Sacco Smith, the ceremony is a way for the troops to commemorate George Washington and his vision for the country.

"I think all of the troops recognize the importance of this," Smith said. "It's not every day you can honor the first president. To be in such stature and it to be a national monument, I think it's very meaningful for them."

"Feisley told the troops about every element on the wreath and why it's important. It's so special to have a locally grown wreath to take with us."

During the ceremony, Smith said the Girl Scouts will also have a reading of their choice and sing "Amazing Grace" during the ceremony. Afterward, the troops will take a tour of the grounds at Mount Vernon.

According to Smith, the Mount Vernon selection committee opens this memorial task to all Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops in the U.S. from Nov. 1 to President's Day.

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