Abi Masotti from Newfield is one proud Scout leader and one proud Mama, all rolled into one.
Her Troop #41215 is a multi-level troop consisting of seven girls. The Cadettes are Angelina Masotti, Lily Mayer, McKenzie Cotto, Kailey Cotto and Nicole Henry. The juniors are Aidynn and Aryanna Kilpatrick-Dzul. Their ages run from 9 to 13 years old.
For the past few weeks, the group collected non-perishable food to help six families in need at Thanksgiving time.
Each of the girls had an assignment as a way to make this a true group project, beginning with informational flyers they made and placed at the Newfield Library and the Newfield Tioga State Bank.
Eric Leach, the president of Midstate Basement Authorities at the Newfield office, 1143 Elmira Rd., donated six turkeys, and the girls collected all the fixings to go with them.
“As a business owner, I feel it is important to give back to the community, and as Newfield residents, my wife Bethli and I were very happy to help Abi and her scouts with this project,” Leach said.
The food was hand-delivered to the families on Sunday, Nov. 24 and Monday, Nov. 25.
Abi’s twin sons, Sebastian and Gabriel, 18, earned their Eagle Scout rank in October. Each completed an Eagle project, which is one of the requirements for earning the rank.
Sebastian created an insect collection for the Newfield Public Library, 198 Main St., where it is currently on display.
Gabriel built a dog agility training course for the 4-H Tailwaggers Club, of which he is a member. This club is for youth interested in training dogs and they enjoy offering community service in a variety of ways.
“I supported and advised Gabriel, but he did all the work himself,” said Cindy Wagner, leader of the Tailwaggers Club. “He enlisted the help of others in the club and led them through the process of building the course together.”
The course is stored in the Cornell Livestock Pavilion and to date has already been utilized by many dog trainers.
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