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Mercedes goes silver, drives for gold

Burns Girl Scout wins award after restoring gazebo


Zachary Laux

Mercedes Bartels poses with her father Jeff Bartels in front of the Burns gazebo. Mercedes, with the help of several volunteers and businesses, restored the Burns gazebo with a fresh coat of paint to earn her Silver Award in the Girl Scouts.

A Burns Girl Scout will receive her Silver Award Aug. 6 after she helped restore the town's gazebo, a point of pride for Burns.

"The Town is thankful that she came forward with this project because the gazebo was in dire need of attention," said the girl's grandfather and Burns Town Council member Ralph Bartels.

Mercedes Bartels, along with the help and support of family, friends, three Girls Scout Troops and one Cub Scout Troop, started restoring the Burns gazebo July 18 by applying a fresh coat of paint. Volunteers finished up the project July 20, but Mercedes said she put in nine months...

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