A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Jan. 15, 2009

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CARROLLTON, Ohio — The Carroll County Farmers ‘N Charmers 4-H club held its first organizational meeting Dec. 10 at the Augusta Lodge Hall.

An election of officers was held, constitution/by-laws were drafted and a club name was voted on.

The educational program consisted of discussing the new 2009 Family Guide Booklets and the various projects offered.

Meetings will be held the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Augusta Lodge.

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MONACA, Pa. — The Silver Spurs 4-H Horse and Pony Club is having its first 4-H meeting Jan. 20 at 7 p.m., in the Hanover Presbyterian Church, Clinton, Pa.

All boys and girls between 8 and 18 are eligible to join the club. Members will expand their knowledge about working with horses and ponies.

For more information, call the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Beaver County at 724-774-3003.

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MONACA, Pa. — The Thundering Hooves 4-H Horse and Pony Club is having a 4-H meeting Jan. 20 at 7 p.m., at Penn State Cooperative Extension, Monaca, Pa.

All youth between 8 and 18 are eligible to join the club. Members will expand their knowledge about working with horses and ponies. For more information, call the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Beaver County at 724-774-3003.

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ORWELL, Ohio — The Mustang Wranglers 4-H horse club had its regular monthly meeting Jan. 10 at Saddles Etc. & Gift Shop, 8220 Route 45, Orwell.

The club welcomed five new members. Collection for Toys for Tots and canned goods for Country Neighbor for the club’s community service project went well.

Club members are selling candy bars to raise money.

Ashtabula County Fair will be held Aug. 11-16. Saddle Horse Show will be Aug. 1-2.

Members learned about Senior and Junior Horse bowls. These are similar to Academic Challenge and give the Saddle Horse 4-H clubs members opportunities to test their knowledge of horses.

The top winners of these events will have the opportunity to compete at the state level.

The members decided to have a Valentine’s Day party after their regular meeting Feb. 14.

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ASHTABULA, Ohio — Planning is knee deep in the Ashtabula County Extension Office. 4-H is thinking about programming and updating the forms and applications for the new year.

In 2008, three youth were recognized for their accomplishments within the 4-H program.

The first is Greg Howard, who is a member of the Chris Clover club. In 2008 Greg was invited to serve on the State 4-H Foundation board as a representative.

He will be serving on the board for a three year term, from 2009-2011.

The second and third to be recognized both completed a series of State Horse 4-H contests and shows and received awards for their work.

Dawnelle Corron, a member of the Trail Blazers 4-H club, was an Achievement Award winner.

Dawnelle completed four or five state contests or shows out of eight.

She competed in Hippology, Light Horse Judging Team, Public Speaking and Horse Bowl.

Harley Buckley was also a State 4-H horse winner. She was the only person in the state of Ohio to receive a Merit Award. The award means Harley participated in six or seven of the eight state 4-H horse programs.

Harley competed in Horse Bowl, Hippology, Light Horse Judging Team, Public Speaking, Skillathon and the State 4-H Fair Horse show.

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THOMPSON, Ohio — The Thompson Ledge Dairymen held a Christmas party and potluck dinner at the home of Emma Niehus Dec. 28. Adviser Bob Lausin welcomed eight new members into the club.

As a service project, canned and dry goods were collected to benefit the local food bank.

Future plans were discussed for upcoming educational and recreational opportunities.

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SALEM, Ohio — Goshen Good Growers 4-H club wil host an open house for old members and anyone wishing to join the club from 7-8 p.m. Jan. 21 at Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, Middletown Road.

For more information call Jill Reisner at 330-337-0915.

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