4-H News: 04-09-14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:59
Perry Go Getters
Perry Go Getters 4-H Club had its meeting on Sunday, April 6 at the Perry Township Shelter.  
The Constitution for the club as well as project books were passed out. Ideas for the fair booth were discussed and will be decided at a future meeting.
Demonstrations were given by Nick Stearns on seed germination, Joe Huff on checking tire pressure and the oil level in vehicles, and McKenzie Mercer on tooling leather.
Dates for livestock weigh-ins and quality assurance meetings were talked about.  
Volunteer schedule was made to help at the West Millgrove Volunteer Fire Department Fish Fry on April 25-26.
Refreshments were provided by McKenzie Mercer and Joe Huff.
Conservation volunteers honored during 'National Volunteer Week' PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:58
COLUMBUS - Last year, State Conservationist Terry Cosby issued a challenge to Ohio Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) employees to grow the volunteer workforce, called the Earth Team, by recruiting at least one volunteer in each of Ohio's 88 counties. Not only did employees respond; they created the largest Earth Team volunteer corps in the history of NRCS in Ohio. He's celebrating the work these volunteers contribute to conservation in Ohio during National Volunteer Week, which began last Sunday and continues through this coming Sunday.
Earth Team volunteers extend NRCS services by giving their time, talent, and energy to help NRCS employees and customers protect and improve natural resources on agricultural and forest lands. In Ohio, 2,700 Earth Team volunteers donated 22,550 hours of service valued at $500,000 in fiscal year 2013. That's a 400 percent increase in volunteers and 200 percent increase in volunteer hours from the previous year. Nationally, 22,800 Earth Team volunteers donated 330,000 hours of service in fiscal year 2013.
Fair board ups camping rates for 2015 fair, watching pig prices for this year PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Farm Editor   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 08:18
Pig prices and camping fees were among the most prominent discussions at the March meeting of the Wood County Agricultural Society on Thursday. A representative from the Wood County Sheriff's Office presented a disaster talk following adjournment.
After a lengthy discussion and multiple votes, the board decided to raise camping fees from $125 to $150 per lot beginning with the 2015 fair. It has been a couple of years since the last raise which was made before the addition of another day to the fair.
Board members noted, even with the increase, the Wood County Fair is still among the lowest in Ohio for per day cost of camping. The board also approved a $40 per day fee for both early arrivals and late departures in the camping area.
As for the pigs, members were informed of current rates and projected rates of acquiring pigs for the annual "Catch a Pig" contest. Because of swine flu incidents, the cost of pigs has been and may continue to rise. The board voted to limit the number of pigs to 75 for this year's event. The first 75 sponsors to volunteer will be this year's sponsors. Sponsors should be aware the cost is likely to be higher than in past years.
Farm Briefs: 04-09-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 07:58
Arbor sets meeting
Portage Center Arbor #524 will be meeting Sunday at Portage United Methodist Church on Portage Road. Members are having a Swiss Steak meal. Gleaners will meet at noon and share in the meal that the church will be having. At 1 p.m. their will be a short meeting with Joe Matthews who is with Principle Business Enterprise that works with the Safety Program. He will be talking about recycling that will cover Activity #4 called Environmental #4 and #14 Learn as an Arbor. Also the group will be talking about Activity #8 Benevolent Fund Activity #14. Bring what dates that you would be able to meet. The public is invited to join.
4-H News: 04-05-14 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 April 2014 07:57
Champion Drive
The Champion Drive 4-H Club met March 23 at Portage Township Building with members given their project books for the year. Any changes must be made by April 15 with the Extension Office.
Demonstrations were done by Tyer and Tanner Shaffer on gun and hunting safety, Mackenzie Shaffer on the bacteria in animals mouths, and Haylee Betz on deer antlers and shed hunting.
Club shirt order forms were handed out. Shirt orders and money are due at the April 27 meeting. The possible dates for the club's fundraiser at McDonald's and its community service ideas were discussed.
Members also voted on having a float in the junior fair parade and sponsoring a trophy. The members with market animals were informed the group quality assurance will be June 8 at 6 p.m. The members made Easter and spring cards for a local cancer patient.
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