Lydia Storm had never had cookies and milk with somebody so famous.
But as Mayor Rob Chestnut talked in-between bites of thin mints, the 7-year-old Schwegler School student couldn’t believe her ears when Chestnut told her that he went to Schwegler, too.
“No you don’t,” Lydia quickly said.
“Well, I did about 100 years ago. We rode horses to get there,” Chestnut said to a chorus of giggles.
Even in all that time, one thing hasn’t changed: Late fall is Girl Scout cookie time.
About a half-dozen local Girl Scouts had a special cookies and milk party with Chestnut prior to Tuesday evening’s City Commission meeting to remind members of the community that the cookies are now on sale.
The organization began taking orders Oct. 31 and will continue through Nov. 29. Deliveries will begin in mid-January, and troops also will begin setting up booths to sell the cookies at about the same time.
A box of cookies sells for $3.50. The Girl Scouts keep $2.42 of each sale to use for items such as Girl Scout camps, leadership exercises, community service projects and other activities.
Lydia and several parents who attended the party said sales were going well. Lydia, for example, already had sold 97 boxes.
There are about 70 different Girl Scout troops in the Lawrence area with a total of about 1,000 members.