A group of local Girl Scouts recently helped to beautify their community by painting the First Financial Bank Research Center, as it will be called. The Center is located on the corner of Locust and East Third Streets in Downtown Sweetwater, on the First Financial Bank property. The Girl Scouts included girls from Troop 7051 Nikki Gutierrez and Victoria Gutierrez, from Troop 7050 Faith Boyd, from Troop 7051 Shania Boyd, Emma Foust, Gabriella Olguin and De Ann Frazier and from Troop 7000 Taylor Shamblin and Christa Arnold and Sweetwater's service unit manager Judy Leighow and Liz Sands.
With the help of local artist Weston Pyburn, owner of JavaJax coffee shop, restaurant and live music venue, the girls painted a color wheel on the rusted umbrella highlighting the center. The structure was built in the mid-1970s and includes sitting benches under the umbrellas. Pyburn — with only primary colors and white — mixed 12 shades for the color wheel with the girls at his shop.
Nolan County Commissioner Tony Lara, who owns a commercial painting company, volunteered a crew to sand and coat the umbrella with primer before the painting began.
The Girl Scouts also painted the benches under the umbrella and left their handprints on the seats.
This year marks Girl Scouts’ 100th birthday.