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2015 Ritchie County Leaders Banquet

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Ritchie County Extension Office
1608 E. Main Street
Harrisville, WV 26362

Office: (304) 643-5200
Fax: (304) 643-5204
Office Hours:
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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The WVU Extension Service provides programs in 4-H Youth Development, Families and Health, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community, Economic and Workforce Development with support from West Virginia University faculty and staff. WVU also maintains a historic special-mission campus at WVU Jackson’s Mill Center for Lifelong Learning and State 4-H Camp, near Weston, West Virginia.

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January 2016 All-Stars

ALL-STAR MEMBERS – Anna Cokeley, Amanda Davis and Marlee Brannon-Jones, three Ritchie County 4-H members, received their All Star pins during the Young Adult Conference. The conference was hosted at Jackson’s Mill Jan. 29-31. The young ladies received their All Star pins during a ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 31. *

Three Ritchie County 4-H’ers selected as All Stars

Induction as an All Star is a highlight of any 4-H member or volunteer leader.
Becoming a West Virginia 4-H All Star is the highest honor to be bestowed upon a member or adult volunteer. The motto of the All Star organization is “service”.
During the Young Adult Conference Weekend Jan. 29-31, Marlee Brannon-Jones, Amanda Davis and Anna Cokeley received their All Star pins.
Induction and recognition ceremonies are hosted during state 4-H events at Jackson’s Mill.
Brannon-Jones is the daughter of Rita Brannon of Petroleum and Dean Brannon. She has participated in 4-H for the past 12 years.
Davis is the daughter of Malinda and John Davis of Pennsboro. She has been a 4-H member for the past 13 years.
Cokeley is the daughter of Ed and Gail Cokeley of Harrisville. She has been a 4-H member for 11 years.
The young ladies attended Young Adult Conference Weekend and received their All Star pins during a ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 31.
The following historical perspective about the 4-H All Star was written by L. S. “Pete” Hartley.
“The word Star has many definitions, as does the word ALL. When we combine these two words ALL and STAR we think of ‘the very best,’ the ‘cream of the crop;’ the ALL STAR game, the ALL STAR team, etc.
“When we put FOUR-H in front of ALL STAR, the words take on a special meaning. To be chosen for a FOUR-H ALL STAR means you are approaching or have reached maturity in 4-H. In the words of Edward Strecker, “Maturity is a quality of personality made up of a number of elements. It is the ability to stick to a job…reliability…persistence to carry out a goal in the face of difficulties…endurance of difficulties, unpleasantness, discomfort, frustration, hardship…the ability to size things up, make one’s own decisions…a considerable amount of independence…maturity includes a determination, a will to succeed and achieve, a will to live…Maturity represents the capacity to cooperate; to work with others…The mature person is flexible, can defer to time, persons, circumstances…can show tolerance, be patient and has the qualities of adaptability and compromise…Emotional maturity is morale of the individual.”
These are the characteristics looked for in choosing FOUR-H ALL STARS. It is more than the number of years in club work or county and state camps attended or projects completed or awards won; it is all of these PLUS those characteristics of maturity.
To become involved in Ritchie County 4-H, call the Ritchie County Extension Office at 304.643.5200.


Extension Service sets Winter Dinner Meeting Schedule

West Virginia University Extension Service will present three dinner meetings beginning in January. The first Winter Dinner Meeting will be hosted by the Doddridge County Extension Office at the Doddridge County Park Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at 6 p.m.
The first meeting topic will be baleage, presented by Bill Shockey.
Shockey grew up in the countryside near Meyersdale, PA, where he worked on neighbor’s farms during the summer months. He attended West Virginia University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a Ph. D. in agricultural biochemistry.
For 12 years, he conducted research on hay crop silages for dairy cows at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, OH, then relocated to Elkhart, IN, where he worked as a dairy consultant with Purina Mills, Inc., for five years.
He has been serving the farming community of Preston County as an extension agent with the WVU Extension Service, Agriculture and Natural Resources program, since 1996.
In his role as extension agent, Shockey has provided training in youth livestock programs, ruminant nutrition, woodland resources, livestock management, flower and vegetable gardening and fruit tree propagation. He has contributed to numerous statewide and county-based research projects on rotational grazing, poultry litter management and baleage management.
In West Virginia, conserved forage is required to feed cattle during the winter months when forage is dormant and snow cover prevents grazing stockpiled forage.
Winter feed is usually dry hay, but plastic wrapped round bale, hay crop silage, also known as baleage, is frequently used.
Baleage allows farmers to make hay when the weather does not allow making dry hay. Early made baleage can have higher nutritional quality than late cut dry hay. Also, baleage has less storage loss than dry hay not stored in a barn.
However, when baleage best management practices are not followed, baleage can be low quality, not providing adequate returns to pay for the equipment and plastic used in production.
During the Winter Dinner Meeting, on-farm research conducted in West Virginia showing the effects of baleage best management practices for making quality winter feed will be discussed.
The second Winter Dinner Meeting will be hosted by the Ritchie County Extension Office Monday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m., at the Ritchie County 4-H Grounds.
The topic of the second dinner meeting will be Ag Law, presented by Alison Peck, professor of law at West Virginia University College of Law.
The third and final Winter Dinner Meeting will also be hosted by Ritchie County Extension Office and will be Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m., at the Ritchie County 4-H Grounds.
The topic of the third dinner meeting will be Bull Selection, presented by Ronnie Helmondollar, Extension Agent for Randolph County and interim director of West Virginia University Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Pre-registration is required to ensure there is enough food for those participating.
To register for any of the Winter Dinner Meetings contact either Alex Straight, WVU Extension Agent in Ritchie County, by calling 304.643.5200, or David Snively, WVU Extension Agent in Doddridge County, by calling 304.873.1801.



Ritchie County to offer two Energy Express sites this year

Ritchie County will be hosting two Energy Express sites this coming summer. If you are 18 years of age and at least a graduating senior we would love to have you serve as a mentor for one of our sites. We will be hosting Energy Express at Creed Collins Elementary School and Smithville Elementary School.
Energy Express is an award-winning, 8-week, summer reading and nutrition program for children living in West Virginia’s rural and low-income communities.
Approximately 3,000 children in throughout the state will maintain or gain reading skills through Energy Express this summer.
The program is designed to provide learning opportunities and nutrition during the summer months, when children are most at risk for falling behind on reading levels – a preventable loss known as the “summer slide.”
The program will take place in 80 sites across the state from June 13 to August 2.
AmeriCorps Energy Express mentors make learning fun for small groups of school-age children by creating a safe, enriching environment focused on reading, writing, art and drama.
In addition to the learning activities, mentors eat nutritious, family-style meals with children, make family visits and complete a community service project.
Energy Express is a program under the leadership of WVU Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development program. This AmeriCorps program is funded, in part, by grants from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and Volunteer West Virginia. Volunteer West Virginia encourages West Virginians of all ages and abilities to be involved in service to their communities.
Based on the success of Energy Express participants and the unique aspects of the program, the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University named Energy Express program one of the nation’s best summer learning programs in 2009.
For other AmeriCorps and national service opportunities, visit www.americorps.gov. To learn other ways in which WVU Extension Service works in local communities, visit www.ext.wvu.edu.
For more information about becoming a mentor or community coordinator with Energy Express, download our application or call 304-293-3855.

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