A roundup of 4-H news for the week of March 21, 2013:


CORTLAND, Ohio — The Just A Good Ride 4-H club members met to discuss and vote on the upcoming show season, Trumbull County Fair and Friday Night Lights preparations and service. The chapter is soliciting sponsor donations for a barn extension at the Trumbull County Fairgrounds. Any business or individual interested in donating should contact senior adviser Marilyn Schlatt, c/o Just A Good Ride, 5545 Greenville Road, W. Farmington, OH 44491, or Chrissy Nichols, c/o Just A Good Ride, 6010 state Route 305, Fowler, OH 44418.

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BERLIN CENTER, Ohio — The Western Reserve Rangers 4-H club met recently for its March meeting.

Emily Smith reported that the county 4-H fashion board was planning the County Style Revue that will be in July.

Smith, Karl Reph and adviser Robin Reph reviewed the sessions they attended at the Ohio 4-H Volunteer and Teen Conference. Steve and Robin Reph, as well as club members, reported on workshops at quality assurance training March 2.

Club President Levi Smith was congratulated for being selected Prom King at the Plow Boy Prom held at the Ohio 4-H Nationwide Farm Bureau Center at Ohio State University following the Ohio 4-H Teen Conference. Attendees included both high school and college students.

Members were reminded the Community Easter Egg Hunt will be March 29 at 2 p.m. at Western Reserve Schools.

Guest speakers for the April meeting will be Linda and Stan Vuletich who are active in several programs with Fellows Riverside Gardens in Mill Creek Metroparks in Youngstown. The meeting will be held April 11 at 7 p.m.

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NASHVILLE, Ohio — 4-H supporters can show their 4-H pride with a new, custom-designed Fenton Art Glass bead. The bead creation was initiated by the Rim Rock Riders 4-H club of Holmes County, and the bead itself was designed by Fenton artisans.

The club is using the bead as a focal point of their fundraising campaign to raise money for the new Holmes County Fairgrounds being constructed at Harvest Ridge. The beads are being sold for $35 each, and the club will donate 100 percent of the profits from the sales to the fairgrounds. The bead features a Fenton core with a white glass background and the word “4-H” and the 4-H clover alternating around the bead. It is designed to be worn on a variety of bead jewelry items including bracelets and watches. Like all Fenton glassware, the bead is made in the USA.

Rim Rock Riders will have the beads at Millersburg TSC March 22 from 5-9 p.m. as part of TSC’s Clover Campaign. They are also accepting bead orders for immediate delivery through individual club members or via e-mail at jhouin@mac.com or via phone at 330-763-1017.

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NASHVILLE, Ohio — Three Holmes County 4-H members recently took top honors at the Ohio 4-H State Horse Communication Contest in Columbus.

Aubree Houin, Kristina Hlinovsky and Michelle Fellows, all members of the Rim Rock Riders 4-H Club of Holmes County, competed against other 4-H members from across the Buckeye State.

Houin, a 9-year-old second year 4-H member from Nashville, took home reserve state champion honors in the junior public speaking division.

Hlinovsky and Fellows, both students at Garaway High School, teamed up to compete in the senior team presentation division, where they took home third place honors.

This competition was the first time either of the girls had ever competed in a public speaking competition.

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BURTON, Ohio — Geauga Dairyman 4-H club members met March 10.

During the business meeting, members approved the purchase of project books for each member and dairy resource book for each family participating in the club.

The members also turned in their Hoard’s Dairyman Cow Judging Contest animal placements, which will be entered into the national judging contest.

Members also reviewed and approved the club constitution and by-laws.

It was announced the 2013 Dairy Palooza will be held May 4 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.

The members voted to participate in the spring clean up program organized by the Geauga County Department on Aging.

The next meeting will be held on April 7 at 1 p.m. For information on joining Geauga Dairyman, contact Emma Niehus at 440-221-3812. The enrollment deadline is April 15.

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LOUISVILLE, Ohio — The Happy Farmerettes and Farmers of Osnaburg Township held the first meeting of the year at the Thouvenin home on March 3.

Members elected the following officers: Renee Greathouse, president; Joshua Thomas, vice president; Jacob Thomas, secretary; Ben Hoover, treasurer; Rebecca Maurer, newsreporter; Haylee Gallo, health leader; Heidi Price, safety leader; Dennis Anderson, recreation leader.

Members selected their projects for the coming year, signed the constitution and completed enrollment forms.

Members taking market animals were reminded they must attend a quality assurance class.

At the April meeting, members are to bring baking items to put in a basket that will be donated to the Swiss steak dinner. The dinner will be held April 20 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Nimishillen Grange, Easton Street, Louisville. Anyone wishing to purchase tickets can contact the 4-H office 330-830-7700, Ext 102 or 115.

Raffle baskets tickets will also be sold.


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