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published on 02/04/2002

February HATS OFF to Signal Mountain

By staff writer

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies . . . mmmmmmmmmmmm good! Yes, it’s that time of year again. That one and only time when the Girl Scouts in the USA have their famous Cookies for sell. According to the Moccasin Bend Girl Scout Council, “The 2002 Cookie Sale Theme is ‘A blast from the past…swinging girls back to the Swing music and Dance Fever of the late 1930’s’…a time when another new movement was on the rise—the Girl Scout Cookie Sale!” Pre-orders for cookies began in January with delivery dates set between February 22 and March 10. However, cookies may continue to be ordered through March 9, 2002. Also, after the cookies arrive, watch for Girl Scouts selling them out in front of many area businesses the weekends of February 22 and March 10. For example, look for cookie sales at Pruett’s, Ace Hardware, Tri County Citizens Bank and other spots on the mountain. If a Girl Scout does not contact you during the sale period, you can call the council office at so that you can be assisted in locating a troop or girl in your area. Cookies are $3 a box. (I can remember when I was a young girl and the cookies went up to 50 cents a box. One Saturday morning, my Mom dropped me off in front of a circle of women’s dorms at the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. I thought I’d never sell all those cases of cookies, but those girls threw open the windows and yelled down to us Girl Scouts for more boxes than we had. It was a great day!) Today there are seven varieties to choose from:

*Girl Scouts practice life skills, like goal setting, money management, and teamwork.
*Customers get a great product and get to support girls in their own community.
*All of the proceeds support Girl Scouting in the local community.

To learn more about Girl Scouts on Signal Mountain contact the Girl Scout Council at . Signal Mountain is lucky to serve 1 in 8 school age girls on the mountain (through the 8th grade). Two new Daisy Troops are being formed. Daisies are girls in Kindergarten who have an interest in scouting. The Girl Scouts on Signal Mountain have formed a partnership with the Bachman Community Center by adopting the Center as its service project for the next two years in exchange for a meeting room. The Girl Scouts Room will be used by Junior Troops and older girls and by the leaders when they have their monthly meetings. This will provide a place for girls to meet and call their own. It will also be used to have open houses and for staging the annual cookie sales. Looks like a “win, win” for everyone on the mountain. The Bachman Community Center gets a loyal group to support it; the Girl Scouts get a room of their own to use; the mountain gets to taste and enjoy wonderful cookies that benefit everyone! HATS OFF to the Girl Scouts on Signal Mountain!

Have you seen a life-size rabbit here on Signal Mountain recently? His name is Harvey. Surely you’ve seen him? One place you will see him is the Signal Mountain Playhouse. The Signal Mountain Playhouse was established in 1972 to provide activity for the community youth in the summer, and now has children of all ages participating in bringing quality family entertainment to our community. The Signal Mountain Playhouse is a not for profit volunteer organization which operates with a board of twenty-four members, elected for three-year terms and rotating eight members each year. The first few years, only one outdoor production in the summer was presented. After a while, some adults wanted a chance to present plays outside the usual family oriented shows, so an indoor winter production was added. (Information about the Playhouse came form their web site, which I found under Organizations of This year’s winter production is “Harvey”, the tale of Elwood P. Dowd and his invisible friend, made famous by Jimmy Stewart. The director is Rodney VanValkenburg. Performances will be held February 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23 in a dessert theater format at the Mountain Arts Community Center. Dessert will be served starting at 7:00 P.M. with curtain at 8:00 P.M. Pre-sale of tickets are available at the Brow Gallery and are $10 each. What a great tradition the Signal Mountain Playhouse has provided all these years for the residents on our mountain. If you’ve never attended one of the winter productions, now is your chance to participate in something that is lots of fun. HATS OFF to the Mountain Arts Community Center and to all the people at the Signal Mountain Playhouse for bringing to Signal Mountain this special event.

There are a variety of programs available this month available to residents on the mountain. The Town of Signal Mountain’s Vice-mayor and Councilmember, Bob Steel is going to give a book review to the Literature Department. The Signal Mountain Community Guild will hear a program from Joan McCandless on “Orchids”. The Chamber of Commerce in Signal Mountain will meet at the Signal Mountain Golf & Country Club at Noon. The cost for lunch is $9 and the speaker is Tom Edd Wilson, President & CEO of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. Hear Laura Coughman from the Signal Mountain Welfare Council and Sue Reynolds from Clearspring Yoga, guest speakers at this month’s Newcomers of Signal Mountain meeting.

Thanks again for your continued support. Keep those calls () and coming in. Remember everything that happens on our mountain is a reflection of our communities. Whether it’s your school, church, organization or business…we want to know what’s happening and how the residents can become involved. HUGS & KISSES to all, this VALENTINE’S DAY!