Star project — the highest award a scout in grades four and five can receive — it needed to be carefully planned. The troop enlisted the help of Charlotte Torgovitsky of Home Ground Habitats and the California Native Plant Society to aid in finding the right plants.
“She gave us lists of nectar flowers and milkweed flowers and deer-proof plants, and we had to pick them out,” said Anne Schmidt, 12, one of the scouts who worked on the project.
Monroe said residents in areas such as Corte Madera, San Rafael, Mill Valley, Novato and other east Marin communities can follow the same guidelines to play their role in preserving monarch butterflies.
A year after the troop finished construction on three garden boxes in May 2018, the plants were thriving. Anne Schmidt’s younger brother, Spencer, pointed out a large, yellow-striped monarch caterpillar sitting lazily on a shaded leaf. The troop will continue to maintain it and eventually pass it on to other troops.
Molly Schmidt, who serves as one of the scout leaders along with Julie Mund, said the significance of a Bronze Star Award is that it creates a long-lasting benefit to the community and requires the troop to work with the community to do so.
“I think being a Girl Scout, it’s pretty amazing you get to help the world and get to make the world a better place,” said Jessica Mund, 11, one of the eight scouts who worked on the project. “And meeting all these new people, it’s been just a wonderful experience.”
Darlene Blackman, Marin Humane’s community engagement director, said Marin Humane plans to integrate the waystation and monarch butterfly education in its summer camp.
While monarch butterflies’ situation seems dire, Monroe is hopeful that efforts like those of Troop 31068 will continue.
“Last year everything stacked up against monarchs,” she said. “This year we’re hoping everything is going to go well. That’s typical of insects; they go for boom and bust cycles. So stay tuned.”
Girl Scout Troop 31068 members Avery Palacios, Brianna Dagnino, Sophia Chiminello, N’dira James and Maizey O’Neill also worked to build the waystation. Novato Builders, Waste Management, Marin Chapter Markerspace, Marin School of Environmental Leadership and troop parents also contributed to the project.
To learn more about creating monarch butterfly gardens and for information about recovery efforts, visit https://www.savewesternmonarchs.org/
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Sept. 9, 1932 - Dec. 16, 2015
Charlotte J. Fogarty, 83, passed away Dec .16, 2015, at Lower Umpqua Hospital in Reedsport. She was born Sept. 9, 1932, in Denver, Colo., to Edwin Tooley and Stella Crane.
Charlotte grew up in Denver. She attended Western State College where she received a bachelor's degree in sociology. She also earned a master's in pastoral care and counseling from St. Thomas Seminary in 1986. She worked as a pastoral associate at St John’s Catholic Church.
Charlotte married Jack Fogarty Nov. 10, 1984 in Denver. They lived in San Luis Obispo, Calif., Boise, Idaho, Grand Junction, Colo., and settled in Reedsport. Charlotte enjoyed gardening, reading, bridge and crossword puzzles.
Charlotte is survived by her daughter, Jean Clark; sister, Edith Glasier; granddaughter, Heather Blomquist; grandsons, Andrew and Erik Blomquist; and great-grandsons, Jayden and Cooper Blomquist.
Charlotte was preceded in death by husband, John Fogarty; sons, Philip and Paul Blomquist; and stepson, William Crowley.
A gravesid... http://theworldlink.com/news/local/obituaries/charlotte-fogarty/article_e5d99ca4-4f86-580d-b29e-5d5dbc38343d.html
Daigle said that Phillips had been out with his son on Sunday afternoon and was setting up a tree stand at a site in Charlotte County when he apparently fell. Phillips, who fell about 30 feet from the tree, died at the scene, he said.
Dee Hawkins-Garland, a spokesman for the Charlotte County Fire & EMS, said that the location of the accident was on the Charlotte and Lee county border off Tamiami Trail, down a dirt road, and "was difficult to get to the scene."
Daigle said that the department has a crew standing by at the Phillips home in case the family needs assistance. Phillips was married with three children.
The Fort Myers Fire Academy posted the following comment on its Facebook page: "It is with a heavy heart that the FMFA received news late yesterday evening of the passing of Instructor Captain Paul Phillips. Captain Phillips has been a longtime instructor at the academy and succumbed to the injuries received in a accident that occurred this weekend. Paul always touched so many hearts and minds of young men and women in and out of the fire service. The academy has lost one of its finest instructors.Please keep Instructor Phillips's personal and fire department family in your prayers as they cope with the loss of this humble and honored brother. R.I.P. Captain Phillips, your impact on all of us will live on in the hearts and minds of all that had the pleasure of working for and with you."
Phillips (Photo: Special to The News-Press)
Numerous other comments were also made on social media, especially from other area fire departments.
The Greater Naples Fire Rescue District posted: "GNFD offers our sincere condolences to the Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue and the Phillips family for the loss of Captain Paul Phillips. RIP Captain."
Guns n Hoses Pipes n Drums of SW FL said: "The Guns and Hoses Pipes and Drums would like to offer our condolences to the family of Bonita Springs Captain, Paul Phillips."
And the South Trail Fire Protection & Rescue District said: "South Trail FD stands behind Bonita Springs FD, we are so very sorry for the loss of Captain Paul Phillips."
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Where to help
A Gofundme account has been set up for Capt. Paul Phillips' family. https://www.gofundme.com/rtfz238c
Funeral arrangements for Capt. Paul Phillips
The Viewing will be on Monday from 3-8 p.m. at Christ Community Church at 4050 Colonial Blvd in Fort Myers
The Funeral will be on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Christ Community Church, with a graveside service to follow at Fort Mye... http://www.news-press.com/story/news/2015/12/21/bonita-springs-fire-captain-dies-hunting-accident/77697432/