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Florence Cub Scouts Take Questions to Council, Students Celebrate Energy Savings

Local Cub Scouts visited Florence city council last week to ask questions in a quest to earn their citizenship in the community badge.

Webelo Pack 138, based at Florence Christian Church, posed such questions as how can kids be better stewards of the city and community. That one was asked by Evan Geis.

Mayor Diane Whalen invited the pack to participate in the Great American Cleanup in the city, and also talked about the city's ambassador program. For that, students apply and write an essay that is judged. Ambassadors then take part in the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Halloween event, and other activities.

Councilman Mel Carroll invited them to the Memorial Day Parade and the Fourth of July celebration.

When Cub Scout Cale Bruce asked about the city being polluted, Whalen asked what he would do to help, and urged him and others to take up recycling.

Aiden Seiter asked how many homeless shelters Florence has. Mayor Whalen said the city has no shelters, but that there is a homeless population, which sets up tents by an underpass. She also said that Florence has a soup kitchen at Mary Rose Mission.

Justin Michael asked what were the rights and responsibilities of people from childhood to adulthood as a citizen. City Attorney Hugh Skees told him to obey the law, become self-supporting, to look after fellow citizens, to respect people in authority, and to become a good citizen. Mayor Whalen told all of the scouts to register to vote when they are old enough.

Three students from Collins Elementary and their teacher, Ginny Brown, also came to the meeting to explain how the energy team works at the school. The students explained what measures they have taken at school to help save energy, and the result has been dramatic, a lowering of energy usage across the board this year. Brown also said they hope to save more when a new HVAC is installed this summer.

Other notes:

A municipal order was passed which reappoints Eric Hall as the city's representative to the Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI), and Josh Hunt as the city's alternate representative.

Mayor Whalen noted that Council member Julie Metzger Aubuchon and Kathy Bryant, from the Boone County Board of Education are among the Outstanding Women of the Northern Kentucky this year.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor