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Girl Scout House in Northumberland County Gets a Second Chance

It looks like an iconic building in Northumberland County is getting a second chance.
Northumberland Borough, Northumberland County - The Girl Scout Little House has been a staple in Northumberland Borough for the past 70 years.

Thanks to the dedication of a people in the community it won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

"This is where I spent my childhood," Barbara Kistner, said referring to the house on Third Street. I mean we used to have sleepovers. We were in one of the most aggressive girl scout troops in the area."

The Girl Scout Little House on Third Street in Northumberland Borough has a lot of history for Kistner.

"(At one time) there was about 25 troops," she said. "You would not believe it. I mean look at the pictures on the wall."

There are are only a handful of scouts who use the building now.

The house is also in need of repair, but Kistner is spearheading efforts to make sure more people get the chance to experience its rich history.

"We have nothing in this town anymore," she said. "We don't have a school. We merged with Shikellamy. What is there to say that is Northumberland?"

All of her efforts almost didn't happen. 

Northumberland Borough owns the building and just last week last week an official from the Harrisburg-Based Girl Scouts wrote to Northumberland Borough officials saying they were no longer interested in paying their part of the bills, which lead to talks of selling the building.

"That was a knee jerk reaction," Steve Jones, a councilman for Northumberland Borough, said. "When they announced they were backing out. It was sort of the perfect storm. We had the water line break and furnace being ruined."

Thanks to a strong push from people like Kistner the decision to sell it was quickly overturned.

On Monday night at a meeting Kistner talked  about ways to raise money for renovations that are needed to save the building.

"The building doesn't generate a lot of expense and it's been in the borough forever," Jones said. "We'd like to keep it going."

Jones said he's not sure how much it'll cost to make the building useable. The council has said they'll rely on volunteer to make the renovations.

That's okay for Kistner.

"Maybe we can do something wonderful," she said.

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