About 70 local Girl Scouts were looking forward to the trip of a lifetime to celebrate the 100th birthday of Girl Scouting in the nation's capital next month, but a HUGE increase in fuel costs has put a crimp in their plans. An extra $4,000 needs to be raised by Troop 2022 in Opelousas to make the trip that has been planned for months. Mary Stelly, leader of the troop, said the young ladies have worked hard for months to raise funds for the trip, and they will be heartbroken if they can't make it.

Anyone who would like to make a donation is asked to make their check payable to Girl Scouts and send it to Stelly at 131 W. Dunbar Ave., Opelousas, LA 70570. Let's help Troop 2022 get to Washington, DC, ya'll!