It's Girl Scout cookie time

Girl Scouts will start the new year with the launch of the group's annual cookie sale. Packages of cookies are $3.50. Girls will start taking orders Saturday, and cookies arrive Feb. 21.

The Scouts are going greener this year, with a new look for Thanks-a-Lot cookies. The new packaging takes out more than 150 tons of paperboard from the waste stream, yielding energy savings equivalent to 30,000 gallons of gasoline.

Packaging isn't the only difference you'll see in this year's cookie lineup. There's a new variety called Shout Out. All Girl Scout cookies are free of trans-fats and the Shout Out, a Belgian-style caramelized cookie, has no artificial colors, preservatives, corn syrup or hydrogenated oils.

Proceeds from cookie sales support troops and help provide high-quality, low-cost programs and events. Cookie sales also provide scholarship assistance so that no girl is left out of the Girl Scout experience. And Scouts participate in Operation Cookie Drop, in which cookies are delivered to military personnel.

Cookies can be bought directly from a local Girl Scout or by calling Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road Council at (859) 293-2621. Orders taken by the council will be directed to a local Girl Scout. More information is available at

Electronics recycling a natural during holidays

As holiday gift-giving and receiving takes place, it's important to remember that old and unused electronics and computer equipment have a place to go as well. Lexington's Department of Environmental Quality and Division of Waste Management want to encourage everyone to recycle old items.

Electronics and computer equipment take up valuable landfill space. Some items, such as tube-type monitors and printed circuit boards, can contain substances that are not only harmful to the environment but can be reprocessed for future use.

Lexington's E-Waste recycling center is at 1306 Versailles Road. It's open 8 a.m. to noon Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. (The center will be closed Dec. 30 through Jan. 1).

The recycling center will accept all electronics, including computers, printers, hand-held games, cell phones, microwave ovens, televisions, CD and DVD players and other hand-held electronic devices. The center also takes holiday lights, fluorescent light bulbs and rechargeable batteries for recycling.

For more information about city recycling services, call LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255, or go to