A roundup of 4-H news for the week of March 15, 2012:

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ALLIANCE, Ohio — Country Barbwires and Country Folks 4-H club met at Beechwood United Methodist Church Feb. 27.

Country Barbwires officers for the coming year are: Clay Poytner, president; Curtis McDaniel, vice president; Bethany Brugger, secretary; Joey Royer, treasurer; Molly Hoover, reporter; Aleah Hall and Sydne Tone, health reporters; and Nicole Cook, safety.

Country Folks officers are: Brittany Brugger, president; Dean Rummell, vice president; Sarah Weisent, secretary; Claire Morrow, treasurer; Sheridon Rummell, reporter; Katie Hudnell and Abby Flounder, health; and Johnathon Miller, safety.

Officers were installed by Christina M. Hagan, state representative of the 50th house district.

The next meeting will be March 26 at 7 p.m.

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NIMISHILLEN TOWNSHIP, Ohio — New officers were elected at the recent meeting of the Needle and Brush 4-H club. Elected were Katherine Wolfe, president; Ashley Whipkey, vice president; Sarah Raber, secretary; Allie Moran, Louisville reporter; Rachel Reolfi, North Canton reporter; Lauren Fessler, Minerva reporter; Maddi Whipkey and Daniel Wolfe, health and safety leaders ; and Madison Fessler, Joe Moran and Jon Reolfi, recreation leaders.

Club members received special recognition and awards for 2011. Receiving Stark County Gold Medal Awards were J. Reofli for science and technology and Robert Wolfe for leadership.

Receiving Stark County Honorable Mention were A. Whipkey for clothing and K. Wolfe for dairy.

Members receiving first year awards were Briana Adcock, Austine Guess, A.J. Lingenhoel, Nash Minor, Brandon Ross, Deana Ross, Bella Huston, Amanda Janecek, Kayla Janecek, Sarah Raber, Will Whipkey, Madison Fessler and Jon Reolfi.

Five-year recognition went to KayLynn Lanzer, D. Wolfe, A. Whipkey and M. Whipkey while K. Wolfe was recognized for 10 years of project work. Robert Wolfe was recognized for his 13 years as a 4-H member.

Members finalized their project selections and received project books.

The club voted to have a special lottery-themed raffle basket for the annual Stark County 4-H Swiss Steak Dinner. Tickets are available by contacting Ann Wolfe at 330-904-7728. The cost for adults is $10, children (4-12) $5, and peewee (2-3) $1. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Members will be donating desserts for the dinner and also signed up to help work. Work shifts were passed around for sign up for the fifth annual Farmer’s Share Breakfast March 17 at R.G. Drage for just $2 per person.

This event starts at 8 a.m.

A reminder that the $15 chick deposit is due before May 10 to Pam Baad at the Stark County Jr. Fair Office.

4-H’ers taking a lactating and/or market animal must attend a county Quality Assurance Meeting. The 2012 dates are March 28 at R.G. Drage and April 22 and 28 at the Stark County Fairgrounds.

Upcoming county clinics for members to attend are: Rabbit Clinic, April 17, at the fairgrounds; Goat Clinic, June 23, at the fairgrounds; Cake Decorating Clinics, March 31, May 12 and June 2; Food and Nutrition Clinics, April 28, May 19 and June 23 at Plain Community Library; and Clothing Clinics, April 22, May 20 and June 23 at Plain Community Library.

The next meeting will be April 1.

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NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — The Milkmaker 4-H dairy club met March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Jerusalem Church in New Philadelphia for its first meeting.

The elected new officers are Ryan Powell, president; Clark Mutti, vice president; Brittany Finton, treasurer; and Mercedes Sisson, secretary.

The next meeting will be April 2 at the Jerusalem Church at 7 p.m.

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BROOKFIELD, Ohio — Brookfield 4-H club held its monthly meeting March 1. Caleb, Brianna and Selena did a presentation on turtles.

During the meeting, members made 13 pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer. ConKerr Cancer is an organization that has delivered more than 430,000 cheerful pillowcases to sick children in hospitals across the country.

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WOOSTER, Ohio — On Feb. 4, the Farm Friends 4-H club did public presentations at Lake Plains CCE office.

Leah Schinsing’s subject was giraffes, Megan Vitaro’s was rabbit showmanship, Anna Mae Schinsing’s was about Ireland, and Jonathan Coyle shared information about gaming. Marie Coyle presented on horse first aid, and Emma Mrcywka told about movie making. It was a blue ribbon day for the Farm Friends.

Finger Lakes District presentations will be held March 31 at the Midlakes School.

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CANFIELD, Ohio — The Equine Symposium will be held March 24 at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, 7300 N. Palmyra Road in Canfield.

Coordinated by the Mahoning County Saddle Horse Committee, the symposium runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring equine-related seminars, starting at 9 a.m.

There is a $3 admission fee.

This year, some of the speakers attending are Ed Childers of the North Straber Fire and Rescue Department in Canonsburg, Pa.; Dr. Fred Bennett of Lisbon Veterinary Clinic; Sallie Sullivan for trail riding and care for tack; and Mark Wright for mounted shooting.

Kim Moff, who is in charge of the Mahoning County Junior Fair, will be doing the first year classes for beginning 4-H members.

The symposium will also include tack vendors for the rider and decor and clothing for the horse enthusiast. Breakfast and lunch are available in the cafeteria.

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ELLSWORTH, Ohio — The Horse and Rider 4-H club members attended their March meeting at Amron Lanes.

All club members were asked to bring one dozen filled Easter eggs for the Western Reserve Community Easter egg hunt to the next meeting, which is March 18.

March 24 is the date of the saddle horse symposium. The club will also be helping that day with the food booth.

The next meeting will be held at the Ellsworth Fire Station and the fireman will be educating members on a safety subject.

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BURTON, Ohio — Four officers of Totally Dogs 4-H club were asked to give a demonstration at the monthly meeting of the Burton Rotary Club Feb. 22.

Each of the officers sat at a different table during the meal and got to talk to the Rotary members. After the business meeting, the members explained what we do in the club, activities, and how members teach dogs, obedience, rally, showmanship and agility.

The members put on a dog demonstration, showing some of the obedience skills they train dogs during the year such as healing, long sits and downs, recall and stand. When they were done they answered questions from the Rotary members.

The club is currently planning and preparing for its annual dinner and silent auction to benefit the Geauga County Dog Shelter to purchase food, medicine and other daily needs for the dogs, and this year also the Geauga Sheriff K-9 Unit.

The dinner will be held April 20 at the Chardon United Methodist Church from 6-9 p.m. The club members will help prepare and serve the meal of either chicken or salmon as well as set up and clean up.

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NORTH JACKSON, Ohio — Beth Ritchie will serve as Jackson-Milton Livestock Club’s president for this year. The other elected officers are: vice president, Colton Horvath; secretary, Maggie Oblinger; treasurer Greta Frost; photographer, Amy Ritchie; and Reporter, Hanna Bond.

At the recent meeting, new members were introduced and mentors were assigned to first-year members.

Members approved a community service project of animal showmanship for children with special needs at the Canfield Fair. Anyone interested in this project can contact adviser Dean Ritchie at 330-233-2453.

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