A roundup of 4-H news for the week of June 7, 2012:


HOMEWORTH, Ohio — The Mudlake Beavers 4-H club held its monthly meeting May 14 at the Washington Township Building. The club recently raised money toward keeping the Ohio State University Extension office open. The club received a $100 donation from the Washington Ruritans for the cause.

The club also participated in the Minerva Unity Walk and raised $520 for the club and was awarded a pizza party.

During the club’s meeting members voted to put all of the money they raised toward keeping the Extension office open.

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DAMASCUS, Ohio — The Circle 62 4-H club met May 5 at the Pierce House in Damascus. Members held a food drive and donated the items to the Damascus Friends Church Food Pantry.

Sami Stryffeler gave a health report on proper hydration, and Madi Definbaugh gave a safety report on having an emergency supply kit.

Project talks were given by Macie Schrecengost on market hogs, Ally Kornbau on the hog digestive system, Madi Definbaugh on fire safety, Haley Jones on hog housing, Mitchell Sharp on hog parts, Allison Slutz on turkey breeds, Hailey Tucker on sheep, Kyla Sharp on showing steers, and Kira Sharp on showing hogs.

The club received a thank-you note and a donation of $50.00 from the Damascus Historical Society for cleaning up around the historic schoolhouse and cemetery in Damascus.

The club members voted on donating a car care basket and a IH basket to the 4-H fundraiser at this year’s fair.

The next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. June 9 at Paula Bardo’s.

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LOUISVILLE, Ohio — The Needle & Brush 4-H club met recently, and members gave an update on their projects.

Jon Reolfi gave a demonstration on his robotic project, and other demonstrations included Madison Fessler on colors, Rachel Reolfi on working fabric with a nap, Daniel Wolfe on goat nutrition, and Will Whipkey on preparing your poster for Cloverbud judging.

Special recognition was given to Sarah Raber, Ashley Whipkey and Katherine Wolfe, who were each recently inducted into National Honor Society at their high schools.

It was announced the Stark County Junior Fair Board is looking for any 4-H’er who would like to sing the national anthem during the Stark County Fair. They will be selecting three 4-H’ers to sing during fair week.

Chick pick-up is July 17 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the chicken barn at fairgrounds.

The next meeting will be June 12 at the adviser’s home.

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MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. –The Ohio and Marshall County 4-H Dairy Club took their annual field trip June 2 to Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

First stop. The club’s first stop was the United Dairy plant in Uniontown, PA. They learned how milk jugs were made and labeled, watched jugs being filled, ice cream being made, and the assembly lines used to pasteurize milk. They also toured the freezers and the coolers.

After a quick lunch, the club continued on to Laurel Caverns in Hopewood, Pa. The club toured the caverns, which is a natural limestone cavern. The club went 17 stories deep underground.

The group also traveled to a local dairy that recently installed robotic milkers.

Two robotic milkers took the place of the owners, freeing them up to do other farm chores. The milk records were also all computerized, as each cow wears a transponder around her neck.

The club will continue to work on their individual dairy projects until they show them at the Marshall County Fair July 24.

Anyone needing more information on the dairy projects, the dairy show, or the auction may contact the dairy club leader, Annette Clark, at 304-845-2917.

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