Several members from Indiana county went to the Ag Progress Days site recently near Penn State and had a wonderful educational experience learning about forestry and wildlife. Workshops at the event focused on tree identification, wildlife habitat, herpetology, and bird calls.
Campers are the Southwest Regional 4-H Camp had an unexpected visitor at a camp - a Pennsylvania black bear. The PA Game Commission was visiting camp to do a workshop, but happened to catch a nuisance bear that morning. They asked to bring the bear to camp to show campers how a bear is processed.
Jesse Isenberg and Alexis Elgin have been named as two of the Top 50 Outstanding Young Citizens in their region by the Trib Total Media group. They were honored at a recent dinner. Mary Ann Ostach was also nominated. All three 4-H members have developed outstanding 4-H and community service records.
Thirty-three 4-H members representing three Indiana County 4-H Horse Clubs recently participated in the annual 4-H Hippology Contest. Hippology means "the study of horses," and members' knowledge was tested on such topics as poisonous plants, bits and equipment, the digestive system, the 4-H rule book, farrier equipment, and colors.
The Indiana County Commissioners Rodney Ruddock, Patty Evanko, and Michael Baker recently honored the Indiana County 4-H Program with a proclamation recognizing PA 4-H Week, March 16 - 22. Pictured at the proclamation are Leader Connie Bruner, 4-H Ambassadors Alexis Elgin and Mary Ann Ostach, 4-H members Abigail, Elizabeth, John Clark Bruner, and District 6 Director Gary Sheppard. The county 4-H program reaches 800 youth with a variety of programs.
Come Learn About Pennsylvania's Forests and Wildlife! The PA 4-H Wildlife & Forestry Educational Field Day is a state level experience for all 4-H youth. It is slated this year for April 26, 2014, and will take place in Rock Springs, PA (at The Ag Progress Days Site), 12 miles south of State College, PA.
County 4-H member Jesse Isenberg recently had a major role at the State Teen Leader Conference at Penn State. As vice president of the Council, Jesse helped to organize and plan the event which drew over 450 teens from across the state. Jesse is pictured at the podium wearing his Council green jacket.
Eight Indiana County members recently attended the State Teen Leadership Conference at Penn State. Over 450 teens attended the event which is designed to develop and foster leadership skills. County participants were Sarah McConnell, Natalie Pavlik, Kelsey Henry, Alexis Elgin, Marshall Richardson, Katelyn Kennedy, and Abby Zyhowski. Jesse Isenberg also participated as a State Teen Council member. Lori Richardson was county chaperone.
Twenty-two Indiana County 4-H members competed in classes at the PA Farm Show, winning over 45 placing awards. They competed in canned goods, crafts, hobbies, clothing, 4-H opportunities, nuts, market livestock, and potato grading and identification. Congratulations to our first place winners - Abby Zyhowski (foods), Elizabeth Bruner (opportunities and clothing), William McConnell (woodworking for wildlife), and Kelly Pierce (swine). One of Abby's winning entries is pictured.
Indiana County 4-H was represented at the Fashions With A Flair contest at the 2014 PA Farm Show. Abigail and Elizabeth Bruner, from the Gordon Club, modeled garments they made this summer for their sewing projects. They are pictured at the show.
Indiana County 4-H members honored at the recent Achievement Celebration include: Nichele Olson and Abby Zyhowski - Outstanding Seniors Abigail Bruner - Outstanding Junior Mariah Edgell - Junior Livestock Jesse Isenberg - Senior Livestock Haley Brooks - Junior Horse Lauren Overdorff - Senior Horse Aidan Cattau - Dairy Caleb Brady, Thomas Brady, Jesse Isenberg - Conservation Teresa Shields - Horticulture Marshall Richardson - Family Living Alexis McConnell - Engineering Elizabeth Buchanan - Small Animal Alexis Elgin - President Rachel Sproat - Vice President Katelyn Kennedy - Secretary Jesse Isenberg - Treasurer Tanner Berringer and Ashley Goodlin - News Reporter Andrea Davis and Andrew Rhea - Social Chair
Twenty Indiana County 4-H horse program members recently participated in 29 classes at the 54th Annual State 4-H Horse Show held in Harrisburg. Events at the show tested skills in showmanship, equitation, jumping, driving, and timed events in 52 performance and 90 production classes. The show included nearly 800 exhibitors from 69 counties with 969 horses.
The Indiana County 4-H Program Development Committee recently recognized 4-H members for excellence in project book completion. Leaders Kitty Eget and Lori Richardson evaluated over 80 member books on neatness, completeness, and the project story. Winning members by club and project area are listed below. Market Livestock – Tanner Berringer, Treasure Seekers; Aurora Buterbaugh, Zachery Edwards, Katherine Swauger, Northern Livestock Dairy – Sarah McConnell, Southern Dairy Clothing & Textiles – Abigail Bruner, Gordon; Allison Goodlin, Green Clover Food & Nutrition – Savanna Michele, Treasure Seekers; Ashley Goodlin, Green Clover; Terri Bugay, Marion Center Handy Helpers Conservation – Andrea Davis, William McConnell, Gordon Horticulture – Elizabeth Bruner, Alexis McConnell, Gordon Horse – Macheala Rankin, Kelsey Henry, Paige Henry, Trailblazers Leadership – Abigail Zyhowski, Marion Center Handy Helpers Small Animals – Chase Walker, Great Egg-spectations; Teresa Shields, Gordon Engineering – Sam McGaughran, Marion Center Handy Helpers General Home Economics – Kelsey Kennedy, Samantha Bugay, Marion Center Handy Helpers; Mary Ann Ostach, Gordon General – Sarah Jones, Marion Center Handy Helpers Project book awards were sponsored by AgChoice Farm Credit. A special dairy book award was sponsored by Windy View Dairy Farm, the Ackerson family.
The Indiana County 4-H Program and the Indiana County Tractor Supply Company store worked together in the Spring 4-H Paper Clover Campaign to raise $2,040 in clover sales. This ranked the store sixth in the nation for total funds raised and also made the store a district and regional champion. This was the first time that the store placed in the top ten in the nation. Nine clubs and over 100 family members participated in the campaign. Members of the store staff and representatives from 4-H came together recently for a presentation of awards. Pictured from left are Connie Bruner, Indiana County 4-H Advisory Committee Chair; Amy Sullinger and Christina States, store representatives; Lisa Shirley, store manager, and Indiana County 4-H Ambassadors Alexis Elgin Mary Ann Ostach, and Jesse Isenberg.
Elizabeth Bruner, Faithful Furry Faces, placed third in her age division in the 2013 State Small Animal Essay Contest. We are printing her essay here for everyone to enjoy.
Indiana County 4-H member Paige Henry has been named a state finalist in the Outstanding Equine Member Award Program. She is one of five members being recognized at the State 4-H Horse Show in Harrisburg on October 26. Paige is a member of the Trailblazers 4-H Club and has developed an outstanding 4-H record.