A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Nov. 8, 2012:

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — Members of the Ridge Runners 4-H club met at the Roberts Ridge Volunteer Fire Department for their annual family Thanksgiving dinner. After a dinner, they held their monthly meeting.

In old business, members learned the recent lunch stand at the courthouse was a success, selling out of all the offerings.

Upcoming events include: bake sale, Nov. 10; achievement day, Nov. 11; Moundsville Christmas parade on Nov. 17; teen leaders’ meeting, Nov. 27; shooting sports, Dec. 2; first year day camp, Dec. 8; and Goat and Rabbit Club meeting on Dec. 13.

The club’s next meeting will be on Dec. 15 at noon. Members will have their Christmas party at that time, along with their winter community service project, making fruit baskets to take to elderly neighbors and family members. They also voted to forego a gift exchange and donate the money instead to Coats for Kids.

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CORTLAND, Ohio — The Trumbull County 4-H program held its annual 4-H Fun Day and volunteer recognition banquet Oct. 27 for 4-H families. There were two 4-H Alumni Award winners: Morgan Tracey and Melvin Liddle, Jr.

Tracey, originally of Warren, was involved in the Trumbull 4-H program for nine years as a youth and served as club president. She was instrumental in developing a mentoring program for new members and was involved in many community service projects. Recently, she was honored by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for all her volunteer work and is currently training for the Olympic Games.

Liddle hails from Cortland and was a member of the Newton Duck Creek Travelers as a child. As a 4-H member, he was involved in a wide variety of projects and activities – including 4-H king. Mel’s contribution to the 4-H program is due to his role as a 4-H volunteer for the past 10 years. He has been a club advisor, member of the county advisory committee, a Trumbull Fairboard member, and most recently has been involved with the 4-H camping program.

The 4-H program honored Rich Owen, of Streetsboro, with a meritorious service award. Owen has been a 4-H volunteer for 14 years and works with youth in the Trumbull Dairy Judging program. He also serves as president of the Trumbull 4-H Dairy Committee and is involved with the Ohio 4-H dairy committee.

Peigi Tracey, of Warren, is this year’s Trumbull 4-H Distinguished Service Award winner. Tracey has been a 4-H adviser with the Trumbull County Equestrians for the past 15 years, in addition to being active in the Trumbull County 4-H Equine Development Committee.

To learn more about the Trumbull County 4-H program, please contact the OSU Extension Office at 330-638-6783.

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SOUTHINGTON, Ohio — The Trumbull County 4-H program has a new youth club focused on teaching kids about natural resources and their environment, and they are looking for new youth to join the club.

The 4-H natural resources projects help youth explore the outdoors and discover trees, plants, insects, and animals that live in streams, woods, and fields. Kids are also engaged in hands-on activities that help them learn why conserving nature is so important.

Members in the new 4-H club will also have the opportunity to collect and identify insects, search for wildlife by looking for animal tracks, identify trees and preserve leaves, learn about Ohio birds, and a wide variety of other activities. In addition, members will also have the opportunity to capture their fun and learning through photography projects.

The Ohio 4-H program is a volunteer lead program for youth 5 to 18 years of age. The new Trumbull 4-H Natural Resources 4-H Club is led and supported by three adult volunteers in the Southington area. The group is open to youth between the ages of 5 and 18 years old (5-year old children must also be in kindergarten by 1/1/13).

The 4-H club will have an open house from 6-7 p.m. Nov. 27 at the American Legion Hall in Southington (3145 Warren Burton Road).

Families who are interested in the new club but not available to attend No. 27 open house are welcome to participate in the club. Contact the OSU Extension Office in Trumbull County at 330-638-6783 or email the 4-H Extension educator, Michelle Adkins at Adkins.240@osu.edu for more information.

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