A roundup of 4-H news for the week of May 7, 2009

BROWNHELM, Ohio — The Four Leaf Clovers 4-H club had its third meeting at Firelands Elementary School April 20.

Members went over the dates for quality assurance, animal judging and weigh-ins, animal possession deadlines, camp dates and Cedar Point day.

During the previous meeting, members approved the Constitution and voted on officers.

The next meeting will be held at 5 p.m. May 18 at the small gym in Firelands Elementary School.

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CARROLLTON, Ohio — The Sharp Shooters 4-H club met April 18 with 27 members in attendance.

Members discussed the NRA essay contest on the second amendment, 4-H camp June 29-July 2 and shooting sports camp July 10-12 for juniors 9-12 and July 19-24 for seniors 13-18 and the club T-shirts.

Members received I.D. badges, looked at the first year members’ mousetrap guns and scheduled trash pick-up for June 6.

Sadie Ann Romeo and Natalie Romeo gave a demonstration on how to make your own jewelry.

Health and safety talks were given by Maxwell Romeo on wood splitting and food allergies and by Jacob Romeo on sneezing.

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BELOIT, Ohio — Stockmans Market Livestock 4-H club met April 28 at Bricker Park to release white amurs in the lake as a community service project. The club also put a life saving kit up for safety.

The club then held its meeting and discussed when to have its pool party, the next meeting location and old business.

Kaci W. performed her demonstration on camels.

The next meeting will be held May 12 at Goshen Elementary School.

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AURORA, Ohio —As the warmer weather hits, the Creatures-N-Features 4-H club is preparing for some big events.

Members went on a night hike at the Oak Hill Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park April 18. They learned about night vision, sounds of nature after dark and hiking safety procedures.

The club participated in a first aid certification class April 23. The club is preparing for its CPR certification class May 16. Members will be educated, and those over 14 will be certified by EMT Mike Overholt from the Aurora fire department.

There will be a rabbit clinic for any members involved in a rabbit project or anyone interested in rabbits. This will also teach you how to cook rabbit meat.

A dressage demonstration for those interested in horses will also be presented. Both the rabbits and horse demonstrations will occur in May.

A bake night will take place where the 4-H members will bake items to sell at the Hattie Larhlam fundraiser, and on June 6 there will be a Hattie Larhlam fundraiser.

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NORTH BENTON, Ohio — The Village Varieties 4-H club met April 21 at North Benton Presbyterian Church with 33 members present.

In old business, the club discussed the club’s trash pick-up. They also discussed the pepperoni roll sale.

Under new business, the club discussed supporting a service man in Iraq.

The project books were also in for any members that did not pick them up last meeting.

A safety report about tornadoes and a health report about type 2 diabetes was given by Jon James. And a demonstration was given by Kathy Blackburn about bottle feeding a goat kid.

The next meeting is set for 7 p.m. May 5 at the North Benton Presbyterian Church.

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WASHINGTON, Pa. — New officers of the Frazier Simplex 4-H club were elected April 21 at the Frazier Simplex Shooting Range and include Jocelyn Liberatore, president; Justin Ziefel, vice president; Justice Harding, news reporter; Thomas Kyanko, secretary and Ted Sankey, treasurer.

The club consists of 20 members.

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MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. —The Marshall County 4-H and FFA Goat and Rabbit club held its second annual overnighter April 24-25 at the Barn on Fourth Street.

A business meeting was held Friday night and members discussed the deadline for club scholarships, goat weigh-in was scheduled for May 2 and rabbit weigh-in was scheduled for June 27.

New business included selecting club T-shirts, fundraising items, advertising and Monroe County fun show invitation for goat projects.

On Saturday, rabbit project workshops included a skill-a-thon and a presentation by Wayne Wade, a former commercial rabbit breeder.

Goat workshops included a skill-a-thon, presentations on showmanship and goat health facts.

Members met at the fairgrounds May 2 to weigh-in goats for fair projects. Twenty-nine members weighed in 48 goats for an average of 38 pounds.

The goats will be sold at the annual goat and rabbit livestock auction set for June 30 at the fairgrounds. The scholarship fund also receives donations during this sale.

Any member wanting to apply for this scholarship may contact the extension office for an application packet. Deadline is July 1.

Throughout the remainder of the spring and summer, the members will participate in various clinics and workshops. They will learn to make goat milk soap and goat milk fudge, correct goat clipping techniques, judging and showing pointers and opportunities to improve the fair barns.

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THOMPSON, Ohio — The Thompson Ledge Dairymen held a meeting April 9. Paper products were collected for the local food drive.

A decision was made sell Avon and candles to raise money for club T-shirts. Themes and cheese baskets were discussed and will be voted on at the next meeting.

There will be a skill-a-thon July 25 at the 4-H building from 9 a.m. to noon.

The Thompson Ledge Dairymen will hold its next meeting May 15. Members are encouraged to bring more paper products for the local food drive.

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