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


THOMPSON, Ohio — Thompson Ledge Dairymen recently held their first meeting of the year.

Members spoke about requirements for 4-H and voted on officers.

They are: Adam Lausin, president; Brie Carr, vice president; Brian Depner, secretary; Lucas Kuehn, treasurer; Ben Lausin, health reporter; Matthew Burton, news reporter; Ann Marie and Dominic Richard, safety reporter; and Alyssa Priester, recreation adviser.

The club will have a display in Robinson Tractor on Thompson Square.

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BURTON, Ohio — Geauga Prime Time 4-H’ers met Feb. 12 at the school building on the county fairgrounds.

Members donated items for a basket to the Brad Wells fundraiser. Members were asked to bring donations to the next meeting for Nate Farmwald who is in the Marines in Afghanistan.

The club will create a window display at Middlefield Western Reserve for 4-H week, setting it up March 3.

The next meeting is 7 p.m. March 20.

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LOUISVILLE, Ohio — The Happy Farmerettes and Farmers 4-H club of Osnaburg Township met March 1 at the Thouvenin home.

Olivia Maurer gave a safety report on how to approach a dog. Haylee Gallo gave a health report on how we need to be active 60 minutes a day to stay healthy.

Members were shown how to cut and tie material for dog blankets to be sold for a fundraiser. Each member will make two blankets and sell each for $10.

At the next meeting, members will make Easter cards for a nursing home.

Members are also asked to bring a cat or dog item to put in a basket that will be donated to the Swiss steak dinner. The dinner will be held April 21 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.

The next meeting will be March 29.

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CORTLAND, Ohio –The Trumbull Dairy Feeders club held its annual buyers’ dinner Feb. 25.

Buyers and club members enjoyed food and fellowship.

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GROVE CITY, Pa. — Due to the recent Reese Family barn fire, 4-H Neat Kids Goat Club is hosting a community night fundraiser at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House in Grove City. This community night will be held March 10 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The Neat Kids Goat Club met Feb. 9 at the Liberty Grange. At the meeting, members were reminded to log back into the E-Data system and update their accounts. There also was a powerpoint on birthing your doe, and taking care of the kids. The club is seeking buyers and donations for the 4-H auction to be held March 24 at 6 p.m. at the New Englander, on Wilmington Road. The club’s next meeting will be held March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Grange. This will be the Good Production Practices meeting. Club fees are due by then. For more information contact Rob and Sue at 724-533-5345 or Donna 724-699-9567or attend the next meeting.

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DAMASCUS, Ohio — The Circle 62 4-H Club held its monthly meeting Feb. 11 at the Pierce house in Damascus. Before the meeting, members put Valentine cards and candy together to give to residents at the Pleasant View North Retirement Center in Damascus.

Sami Stryffeler gave a health report on seven ways to prevent heart disease. Madi Definbaugh gave a safety report on smoke detectors. The members decided to donate $250 to the Columbiana County 4-H program.

The club discussed different community service projects that the club could do and it was decided that the club would have a food drive for a local food pantry.

Members were reminded that after March 15 no additional projects may be added.

Project talks were given by Whitney Wallace on calf housing; Sami Stryffeler on cuts of meats on a bovine; Joshua Kataro on the different dairy breeds; Joseph Kataro on tractor parts; Anthony Ginnetti on showing a dairy beef feeder; and Neil Ginnetti on showing a hog.

The club’s next meeting will be March 10 at the Pierce House in Damascus.

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BURTON, Ohio — The Geauga Dairymen 4-H club met Feb. 26. Members turned in Hoard’s Dairymen judging forms, and then received their project books.

Members voted to participate in the promotion display for 4-H week March 4-10, and to participate in the 4-H advisory candy bar sale.

The club also decided to send stuffed animals to the military to give to Afghan children.

Members were reminded of upcoming dates: sales committee, March 8; quality assurance, May 12 (test-out date, April 11); project judging/skillathon, July 21.

The next meeting will be held March 11.

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Pa. — The Blue Ribbon Rabbit Club met March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Washington Union Alliance Church. The next meeting will be March 26. Members will pick up fundraiser orders on this day.

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WAMPUM, Pa. — The Baby Beef Club held its first meeting of the new year Feb. 20 at the Chewton Fire Hall. At this meeting, officers for the club were elected and the yearly schedule was planned. The club’s next meeting will be held March 19 at 7 p.m. at the Chewton Fire Hall. For more information, or directions, contact leaders: Ed Nicol at 724-336-6618, Dale Vollmer at 724-336-3698, John Goebel at 724-535-2060 or Tom Kelly at 724-535-4934.

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Trail Blazers met Feb. 7 at The Lawrence County Career and Technical School. Members were reminded to get as many donations as possible for the 4-H auction, which is March 24 at the New Englander. The club is seeking items for a spa basket for the auction. TheTrail Blazers are doing a community service project March 20 and will help disabled kids ride This will be held at Slippery Rock’s Storm Harbor Therapeutic Riding Facility.

As another community service activity, members were asked to bring in donations of cans of coffee which will be given to The New Castle City Rescue Mission. Members worked on project books during the meeting. Olivia spoke on the parts of the horse and Cathy led several exercises.

The Trail Blazers meet every first and third Tuesday of each month. For information regarding the Trail Blazers, contact Cathy Engleka at 724-944-8236, Evelyn Dessler at 724-336-3810, Debbie Smith at 724-336-1031 or Olivia Kamicker at 724-336-0069.

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CLINTON, Pa. — The Silver Spurs held its first meeting of the year Feb. 1 at the Slippery Rock Township Firehall with 13 members in attendance. Members received project books and folders with club information. Election of officers will be held at the next meeting. The club will make two theme baskets to be donated to the 4-H auction. One will be a horse theme and the second one will be a movie theme basket. A bowling fundraiser was held at Sim’s Bowling Alley Feb. 12. The club received $100 from the bowling alley.

The next meeting was Feb. 15 with 17 members in attendance. Officers were elected. The club officers are: Devin Miller, president; Sarah Little, vice president; Megan Stephenson, secretary; Cody Little, treasurer; Autumn O’Neill, junior president; Madison Lindey, junior vice president; Jenna Pontius, junior secretary; Chantz Fedrizzi, junior treasurer; and Megan Miller, reporter.

The Silver Spurs meet the first and third Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact Meredith Johnson at 724-651-5934 or Susan Kanary at 724-924-9889 or Tony Rosso at 724-622-6042.

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ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. — The Freestyle Mustangs had their first annual meeting Feb. 6 at First Baptist Church in Ellwood City. They had a total of 9 members present. The club members discussed grooming of horses and took a look at the different types of brushes used in grooming. Fundraisers for the year were also discussed. The second meeting of the year was held Feb. 18, and there were seven members present. The group held an informational meeting and then went to Stallion Hill where Marissa Double showed how to put a Western bridle and saddle on and Mandy Ott showed how to put an English bridle and saddle on.

For more information call: Jen Wallace at 724-683-2987, Tracy Tate at 724-971-0387 or Michelle Wilson at 724-333-0684.

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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. — The Mane Attractions Horse Club met Feb. 13 at Maple Grove Mennonite Church in New Wilmington.

New officers were voted upon and they are as follows: Tori Richards, president; Katy Styer, vice president; Isabella Schmidt, treasurer; Kayla Kopp, secretary; Emily Styer, news reporter; and Ava Willis, snack coordinator. The club discussed fundraising possibilities.

Tori Richards gave a presentation about her trip to Atlanta, Ga. The club will meet again March 12 at 6:30 p.m. For any information about Mane Attractions contact Debbie Lasky at 724-654-3759.

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NORTH SEWICKLEY, Pa. — The 4-H Photography Club, Digital Shooters Camera Club worked on exposure compensation, shutter and aperture settings with ambient light and flash from the camera during its first meeting of the year. The club will work on Photoshop elements at the next meeting. Meetings have changed to the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. The meetings will be at the North Sewickley VFD for now at 7 p.m. For more information, contact club leader, John Hudson at 724-453-3102 or john.hudson@gianteagle.com

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