A weekly roundup of 4-H news for the week of March 20, 2008


HANOVERTON, Ohio — Hicks and Hayseeds 4-H club is making Easter candy. All candy is homemade by the club’s members and parents.
Anyone interested in ordering candy may call 330-223-1168 for a brochure.
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INDEPENDENCE, Pa. — The Thundering Hooves Horse and Pony 4-H club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Mount Olivet church on Route 151 in Independence.
This year, the club is holding its annual horse show on June 14 at the Hookstown Fairgrounds. Pony Rides will be given away at the Maple Syrup Festival April 5 and 6 at Brady’s Run Park.
The club will also take a four-day trip to the Kentucky Horse Park in June; as well as hold a two-day clinic about shoeing, equine eye care, showmanship, English, Western and gaming riding skills.   
The club will also see the Lipizzaner Show March 29 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh.
In August, the club will occupy a whole horse barn at the Hookstown Fair.            
Thundering Hooves has new officers for 2008: Rebecca Cannon, president; Cailyn Corsi, vice president; Amy Kraus, treasurer; Erica Kraus, historian; Megan McCorkle, sergeant at arms; Elena Megaludis, news reporter; Jocelyn Owens, recording secretary; and Lianne Kurchina, corresponding secretary.            
The club leader is Pat Meehan, who can be reached at 724-869-1745. New members are welcome.
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AMHERST, Ohio — Bits and Spurs 4-H Saddle Horse Club Amherst held meetings Feb. 25 and Mar. 10.
Club members voted on a fundraiser selling candy bars for Easter.
The club decided to participate in the tack sale May 3 at the Lorain County Fairgrounds. Also, the club will be collecting for the Easter Seals April 26 at the Tractor Supply store in Amherst.
Members watched two safety videos about horseback riding and the importance of wearing an approved safety helmet.
The first week in March was 4-H week. Adviser Mary Richardson, along with Bonnie Cutcher and Jean Kromer, advisers for Brownhelm Perfection & BB’s, set up a display case at Firelands Elementary School by the library promoting 4-H.
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BERLIN CENTER, Ohio — The Farmin’ Friends met March 13. Discussion included a field trip to a horse farm and members made a get-well card for Ward Campbell.
Then, members discussed progress on their books and their completion.
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AUSTINBURG, Ohio — The Runnin’ Free 4-H club meeting was held Feb. 20, with six new members: Stephanie Cramer, Kimmy Cramer, Abby Cramer, Mikaela Budzick, Brooke Daughters and Robert Meadows.
Member Ashley Meadows will be the health chairman and Theron Simmons will be the safety chairman. The offices of book librarian and video/DVD librarian are still available.
At the meeting, members who won the door prizes were Douglas Richards, Robert Meadows and Dawnelle Corron. The adult door prizes went to Frank Root and Rolanda Sargent.
Emily Miller, a veterinarian from Cleveland Equine Clinic, came and gave some information about what to do in case a horse gets hurt and what to keep in a first aid kit. She also showed a video on the condition of a horse.
This was the club’s health and safety meeting for the year.
Members are going to make Easter cards at home and take them to the Jefferson Nursing Home in March as a community service project.
The head chairmen of the community service project are Kelly Root and Julie Augistyniak.
Also discussed was information about the Fourth of July horse show that Runnin’ Free has put on for the past 38 years. This is the club’s yearly money-making project.
Runnin’ Free includes saddle horses, poultry, dogs, rabbits and lambs/sheep. The March meeting was March 19 at Austinburg First United Church of Christ.
For more information, call Dawnelle Corron at 440-858-2079.
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CARROLLTON, Ohio — The M-Town Clovers met March 9 at the Bucks’ house with 14 members attending.
Discussion included important dates to remember and the frozen food sale. Designs for the club’s T-shirts were also discussed.
A veterinarian came and spoke about large-animal practices.
The next meeting is at 10 a.m. April 12 at the Bucks’ house.
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CARROLLTON, Ohio — The Young Hearts and Stars had 12 members at its March 5 meeting at St. Mary’s Church Hall.
Members reviewed the constitution and were reminded of the March 15 dairy beef tag in from 9-10 a.m. at the metal barn.
The club also discussed T-shirt designs.
Becky Lawron gave a special program on the 4-H winner lesson.
The next meeting is at 7 p.m. April 2 at St. Mary’s Church Hall.
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CARROLLTON, Ohio — The A-Z 4-H club met March 6 at the Perry Township Hall with 13 members in attendance.
Members were reminded that cookie dough delivery was March 15, and March 19, members played bingo with residents.
At 9 a.m. March 29 is officer training at One Way Youth Center.
Donations were also collected for the blood drive.
Ronni Snair gave a demonstration on riding a bike; Josie Snair talked about swimming safety; Brittany Penrod talked about how you can avoid drug abuse; Hunter Logan talked about germs; Donnie Leggett discussed four-wheeler safety; Mike McCourt talked about backing up a car; and Sarah Barnheart talked about asthma attacks.
The next meeting is at 7 p.m. April 3 at the Perry Township Hall.
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NORTH BENTON, Ohio — The Village Varieties 4-H club met March 11 at North Benton Presbyterian Church.
Members who attended the Feb. 23 horse symposium discussed what they learned. Members who attended the March 1 Mahoning County quality assurance discussed what they learned, as well.
Applications were distributed for the 4-H camp scholarship. Sidana Carr talked about her experience at last year’s camp.
The next meeting is at 7 p.m. April 8 at North Benton Presbyterian Church.
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CLARIDON, Ohio — The Geauga Caprine Kids had its monthly meeting March 15. Savannah Schindelar has been collecting items for an Easter basket for a family in need; it was a success. The club collected a very generous amount of food for the family.
Louis Sharpnack also made a display promoting 4-H that can be found in the Burton Library.
The Delbo children each gave a health and safety report talking about the importance of safety with farm equipment and how to take care of cuts on farm animals.
Members helped at the Burton pancake breakfast March 16.


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