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Scout Cookies Get a Yes Vote

Soleil Londono has just become a Girl Scout, and she's already meeting with success. The cookie sale manned by the 10-year-old and her more experienced partner, Rachel Hara, 13, was been going gangbusters Tuesday at the Marvin School.

"We've sold five times what we usually sell," said Courtenay Austin, leader of Troop 464. Austin, who has been a leader since 1957 and a scout since 1939, said the success was due to the location of Tuesday's business. It was the first time they've sold at a polling place.

"You can't pass up a Girl Scout," said Mimi Fenn, who always votes. Fenn was in a hurry after she cast her ballot, but she stopped to buy cookies.

Austin said that in previous years school groups had bake sales outside polling places, but this year the Girl Scouts took over. The troop had taken in $1,100 by noon. The money helps fund such activities as an upcoming visit to the Pine Grove Dude Ranch in Kerhonkson, N.Y.

Some voters chose not to keep the cookies they bought. The Scouts had a box set aside to collect cookies for soldiers serving in Afghanistan or at a VA Hospital.

Austin said the girls will be selling cookies at Petsmart Saturday and Sunday. "If we have any boxes left," she said.

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