The windows at the Indiana Tractor Supply Company store are covered with 4-H clovers! Store personnel and county 4-H members and families have been busy selling clovers. Proceeds benefit national, state, and county programs. This campaign will be a county record for sales. The public may purchase clovers through May 19. TSC store clerk Deb is pictured with the Bruner 4-H family.
Three Indiana County 4-H members will represent Pennsylvania at the National 4-H Forestry Invitational in West Virginia this summer. Members Tom Brady, Jesse Isenberg and Caleb Brady won the top three places at the recent state contest. Leader Debbie Beisel served as coach and will train the state team. Ethan Brady also competed.
Over 1500 people visited the 4-H petting zoo at the recent Family Fun Fest sponsored by the Children's Advisory Commission. An estimated 500 families visited the Indiana Mall for "Festasaurus!" Nearly 50 4-H people were involved with the petting zoo, a horse "dinosaur" matching game, and a horse paper bag puppet craft. Many positive comments were heard from the participants.
The annual SW PA 4-H Leaders’ Symposium attracted over 100 people from seven area counties. 4-H volunteers participated in a variety of leadership development programs. Thirty-five people from Indiana County were involved with the program. Several leaders were also honored with awards. Marjie Bezilla, Shawnee Riders, was honored as an Outstanding Leader and recognized for 40 years of service and her dedication to the horse program. Other leaders honored for years of service were Amy Olson Lowmaster, 15 years; Bertha Ackerson, 20 years; Gladys Trimble, 25 years, and Janice Fox, 35 years.
Alexis Elgin and Marshall Richardson were the Indiana County delegates to 4-H Capital Days held recently in Harrisburg. They are pictured with Michele Rudolff, from the office of Representative Sam Smith. Delegates learned about the legislative process, studied a Senate bill, toured the Capitol, and met with local legislators. County Extension Educator Carol Schurman served as speaker at the event with a presentation about 4-H history.
Eighteen Indiana County 4-H members exhibited entries at the recent 97th Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show. Abby Zyhowski had a Family Living Best of Show award and Annamarie Brubaker, Tyler Keith and Justin Alter had breed champions with market sheep.
Seven Indiana County 4-H members recently attended the 2013 Pennsylvania State 4-H Leadership Conference. Over 300 youth attended the conference which was designed to teach leadership skills. Local participants included Jesse Isenberg, Gordon; Alexandra Swauger, Northern Livestock; Garrett Richardson and Marshall Richardson, Marion Center Handy Helpers; Alexis Elgin, Bunny Bunch; Sarah McConnell, Southern Dairy, and Mary Ann Ostach, Faithful Furry Faces. Leader Lori Richardson, Marion Center Handy Helpers, served as chaperone. “Leadership, Your Golden Ticket” was the conference theme. Josh Shipp served as a motivational speaker. He is the host of the TV show “JUMP SHIPP” and author of “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination”. Each participant engaged their hands and minds in several workshops including creativity and writing, eight essential elements, managing stress, mentoring skills, career readiness, effective meetings, public speaking, and leadership styles. As a community service project, participants collected silver tabs and coins in a “Food Checkout Day” campaign to provide funds for the PA Farm Bureau’s support of the five Ronald McDonald houses in the state.
Indiana County 4-H Members Honored At Achievement Celebration! Garrett Richardson was Outstanding Senior Member and Katelin Olson was the Outstanding Junior Member.
Three Indiana County 4-H horse club members were recently honored at the 53rd Annual PA State 4-H Horse Show in Harrisburg.
Despite the popularity and life-like appearance of modern artificial trees, nothing says “Christmas” like the fragrance a cut, live Christmas tree brings to your home. Beyond the initial set up and making sure it always has water, a well-selected cut tree is not much more trouble than an artificial one. And you do not have to worry about storing it for the rest of the year!
Economic and Community Educators Jeff Himes and John Turack utilized wooden replica buildings to teach Indiana County youth and citizens about the effects of their land use choices at the 150th Indiana County Fair.