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Cookie sales mean sweet success for Girl Scout Troop 328

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If you visit any home in Russell or Edwards, chances are you will find a box of Girl Scout cookies in the cupboard.

That’s because members of Girl Scout Troop No. 328 sold over 4,704 boxes between the two towns, the most in the Oswegatchie Service Unit, in their first year as a troop.

“I am pretty sure by the number of cookies we sold we must have hit up everybody in town,” Troop Leader Amanda D. Rowley said. “It just goes to show that people love their Girl Scout cookies.”

The girls practiced role playing and selling different kinds of cookies at troop meetings, Mrs. Rowley said. The girls mostly sold cookies within their home towns of Russell and Edwards, which are home to approximately 3,000 people according to the 2010 Census.

“Some parents did some marketing for the girls on Facebook, just to help get the word out there and announce that the girls were selling cookies,” Ms. Rowley said.

The top sellers in the troop were Mallory Robinson with 545 Boxes, LeAnne Hall with 539 boxes, and Marin McIntosh with 452 boxes.

All are Brownies from Edwards-Knox Central School.

Mallory, 7, of Russell said she prefers selling cookies the old fashioned way: door-to-door. She and her mother, Shammie Robinson, traveled to almost 150 houses. Mallory said her favorite part is asking people whether they like cookies.

“A lot of people like Thin Mints,” Mallory said.

Thin Mints also happens to be Mallory’s favorite.

But this isn’t the first time Mallory sold the most cookies. In 2011, when she sold on behalf of her cousin Sgt. Matthew Warren who was serving in Iraq, she sold over 600 boxes. Ten cases, each filled with 12 boxes of cookies, were shipped directly to Mr. Warren’s base.

The troop currently has 14 Daisies and 13 Brownies. It is the only troop in the Russell-Edwards area

. Mrs. Rowley said there is a growing need for troop leaders.

“When it was announced that my co-leader Bridget White and I were forming a troop in September, almost every girl in her daughter Madelyn’s class wanted to join,” she said. “There really is a need for troop leaders everywhere, not just Russell and Edwards. The girls are just so excited to be able to belong to a troop.”

Mallory agreed.

“I love Girl Scouts,” she said. “I love singing songs, being with my friends and playing games with them.”

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