A weekly roundup of 4-H news for the week of May 22, 2008

NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio — The Milkmakers 4-H Club met 12 at Jerusalem Church with 28 members in attendance.

The club talked about old business; demonstration sign-up sheet; cheese sale orders due and the pick-up date is May 21; and the theme for upcoming fair is “Wild Wild West.”

New business included discussion about having to do a booth at the fair; pictures forms due June 13 at the Extension office with the adviser’s signature; and the dairy trip July 11 and 12 to Chicago.

Demonstrations were given by Clarissa Mutti on the unified score card; and Leah and Noel Mutti showed how to put on a halter.

The next meeting is at 7:30 p.m. June 9 at Steel Farm.

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CARROLLTON, Ohio — The A-Z 4-H club met May 1 at the Perry Township hall with 10 members present.

Discussion included the May 10 blood drive and animal tag-ins; project books and quality assurance.

Camp at Piedmont is June 30 through July 3.

Club members also played bingo with Bowerston residents.

Brittany Crow gave a demonstration on food safety and Courtney Crow talked about horseback riding; Oksana Tinny talked about animal safety.

The next meeting is at 7 p.m. June 5 at Perry Township hall.

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CARROLLTON, Ohio — The M-Town Clovers met May 6 at Bicentennial Park Program at Thunder Valley Kennels. Fifteen members were present.

Officer training was received by the officers of the club. Discussion included T-shirt designs, quality assurance and project books were handed out.

The next club fundraiser is July 4-6 at the park.

Brittany Boord gave a demonstration on how to safely pick up a rabbit.

The next meeting is at 4 p.m. June 22 at the Bucks’ house.

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CARROLLTON, Ohio — The Augusta Ranchers met May 3 at Rona Lozier’s farm with nine members attending.

Discussion included recent community service projects: food donation to the Augusta Masonic Lodge and helping the Augusta Fire Department with its strawberry festival.

Club shirts were handed out and officer training was held. Project books were started.

The club also discussed having a float in the Augusta and Mechanicstown homecoming parades.

Members then brainstormed on community service ideas and decided on two to complete before the fair.

The next meeting is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 at Rona Lozier’s farm.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Outreach programs will benefit from $550,000 in gift commitments made by university trustee and agribusiness leader Keith W. Eckel.

Eckel has given $50,000 to establish the Eckel Family Trustee Scholarship, which will support undergraduate students in the College of Agricultural Sciences who have financial need. First preference will be given to students who are present or past members of Pennsylvania 4-H, a youth development program of Penn State Cooperative Extension.

In addition, Eckel plans to endow Penn State Outreach programs in rural leadership and 4-H leadership with an estate gift of $500,000.

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MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — The Ridge Runners 4-H club met May 13 at the home of leader Annette Clark.

Achievement pins from 2007 were handed out.

Sheep pins went to Adam and Kyle Clark; a horse pin went to Jessica Midcap; a hog pin went to Janis Williamson; goat pins went to Laciana Rine, Shelby Harris, Haley Dalrymple and Walker Holmes; dairy pins went to Jessica Midcap, Tara Chaplin and Molly Hubbs; rabbits pins went to Alina Williamson, Jessica Midcap and Haley Dalrymple; clothing pins went to Molly Hubbs and Jordan Dalrymple; a nutrition pin to Alina Williamson; a photography pin to Jessica Midcap; a fishing pin to Walker Holmes; a cat pin to Amy Evans; and teen leader pins to Laciana Rine and Spencer Holmes.

Graduates from the Ridge Runners were also recognized. Graduating from John Marshall will be Ryan Blake, Adam Clark and Laciana Rine. Graduating from Cameron will be Derek Stanley.

Fundraisers were discussed and information will be gathered.

Rabbit weigh in is scheduled for June 21 with time and place to be announced; goat clipping and a picnic will be held July 12 with time and place to be announced; senior 4-H camp will be held June 9-13; and junior camp will be held June 16-20.

Fair exhibit due dates were also discussed. Talks and demonstrations were given by Cameron Holmes, Walker Holmes, Audrey Rine, Spencer Holmes, Shelby Harris and Shelby Reynolds.

The next meeting will be June 3.

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AMHERST, Ohio — Bits & Spurs horse club held meetings April 14, April 28 and May 12.

The club’s fundraiser was a success.

Congratulations go to Erika Richardson, who received two scholarships for mini horse camp from the Lorain County 4-H Endowment and Lorain County 4-H Committee.

The club’s reporter team is going to spotlight members each month in articles. The first spotlight is Mary Sekulic, who is the club president. She has served as club president for three years and shows saddle horses.

The next spotlight goes to Emily Teaman; she is the vice president, serving her second year, and also shows a saddle horse.

Jenny Sekulic gave a safety talk on safety in the home of open containers and the importance of making sure all containers are properly marked. The second talk was on the importance of using sunscreen when outside.

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BURTON, Ohio — The Breeders & Feeders met April 27 at Munson Town Hall.
The meeting began with a speaker, Bob Kortansky, who talked about the feeding square and the percentages of what should be in feed. He also asked members how they finish out their steers and how many pounds of feed you should be feeding the steers.

Kortansky lent the club one of his books about how to raise and finish cattle. The regular business meeting followed. Ryan Ivans gave a report on farm safety and what to do and not to do around the farm.

Fundraiser chairmen Alexis Smith planned a car wash at 10 a.m. June 21 at Middlefield Tractor Supply Company. The club will also be doing a senior citizens’ yard clean up this month.

Beef members were reminded about the showmanship clinic June 1 at the Burton fairgrounds.

Following the meeting, the club split into the groups and went over skillathon, projects and posters.

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BARNESVILLE, Ohio — The Barnesville Progressive Home Helpers met May 10 at the Main Street United Methodist Church.

Several reports were read and the club discussed junior fair rule changes and upcoming events, including live stock judging and skillathon.

The next meeting will be held June 14.

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NORTH JACKSON, Ohio — The Jackson Milton Livestock 4-H club met April 22 at the North Jackson Fire Station.

Members reviewed old business, all club members being reminded to bring in five recipes for the cookbook, and three must be related to the projects they are taking to the Canfield Fair.

The club will have the cookbooks for sale by August at the North Jackson community garage sale.

Under new business, advisers handed out project workbooks. Members were asked if they had any problems with getting their projects, any questions or concerns regarding projects.

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NORTH BENTON, Ohio — The Mahoning County Goat Herders met May 12 at the O’Brock farm with nine members present.

Members were reminded that the club has volunteered to bring goats to the petting zoo at Boardman Park June 21. Arrive by 6:45 p.m. and plan to be there until at least 9 p.m.

The club also has a possible opportunity to volunteer at Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary.

Club members learned the parts of a goat and heard a report from the county goat club meeting.

Bring your goat to the next meeting, a handling clinic, June 23 at 7 p.m. at the O’Brock farm. In addition, members are requested to bring supplies for care packages.

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CHESTERVILLE, Ohio — The Highland Achievers 4-H club met May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Chesterville United Methodist Church.

At the gathering, community service leader Brenna Wagoner directed members in making thank-you cards for various club supporters and creating letters to Gabe Snyder in boot camp.

Advisers’ reports were given about the upcoming speaking contests, quality assurance dates, an update on Gabe Snyder, and a local church fundraiser for a child in Children’s Hospital.

It was decided that the club would purchase club member’s 4-H projects books and pay the county membership dues.

The club’s next meeting is May 23.

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ELLSWORTH, Ohio — Western Reserve Rangers 4-H club officers explained how to make educational and eye catching tri-fold displays for small project judging during the May meeting at the Ellsworth Fire Hall.

Levi Smith gave pointers for poultry judging for the Canfield Fair and Cheyenne Rowbotham shared the dangers and high monetary cost associated with smoking tobacco.

Recreational leader Donny Duda had a 4-H trivia game and safety leader Karl Klockenga rewarded the members who returned their home fire escape plan.

County 4-H Fashion Board adviser Diane Pitcairn announced that the youth taking “It’s Time For Clothing Project” would join the fashion board members on their tour of the Kent State Fashion Museum June 21. Parents and members will car pool to Kent State University.

The club will participate in Berlin Township Memorial Day Parade at Western Reserve Middle School May 25 at 2 p.m.

Club advisors Robin and Steve Adams and Don Quinn, along with parent Dristina Harris, were congratulated on becoming state certified 4-H Shooting Sport Instructors. They attended a weekend training program at 4-H Camp Whitewood earlier this month.

Amelia Schrader encouraged the older teens to get involved in the Mahoning County CARTEENS and Tobacco and Drug Awareness Groups. Both programs are funded by Mahoning County Courts to educate teens who have vehicular violations and or underage tobacco use and drug abuse. Schrader is one of the teen educators with both programs.

Older youth were reminded to turn their 4-H Royal Court applications as well as Mahoning County Outstanding Youth applications into Jan and Kathleen Moser by June 1.

The county demonstration contest and the health and safety speaking competition will be June 28. Time and location of the contests will be announced at the June meeting.

The next meeting will be June 12 at the Ellsworth Fire Hall.

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