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Wayne County 4-H Newsletter

4-H'ers Compete in State 4-H Writing Exhibition

The State 4-H Writing Exhibition aims to encourage 4-H members to express their thoughts, feelings, understanding and impressions through written media. Exhibits compel the observer to feel, think or be inspired by the 4-H member’s interpretation and expression. This year, Wayne County had two entries which both qualified to compete in the State 4-H Writing Exhibition this year. The winners include:

Iggy Ballengee won a Blue Ribbon in the Short Story category for a story titled "Dr. Zizzlezaff's Bomb"

Simon Ballengee won a Blue Ribbon on an Essay he wrote titled "Brushing Teeth".

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Wayne County 4-H'ers Head to Nationals

Two Wayne County 4-H members are heading to the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition in Grand Island, Nebraska this June. They along with two 4-H members from Marshall County will represent the state of West Virginia in air rifle at this national competition. These four individuals placed in the top four out of 20 seniors at the State 4-H Air Rifle Competition held in January.

Those featured in the photo include (l-r): Jon Hammond, WVU Air Rifle Coach; Chase Smith of Wayne County; Coach Bruce Crockett of Wayne County; Brandon Scamehorn of Marshall County; Coach Chris Scamehorn of Marshall County; Justus Kirkland of Marshall County; Andrew Kelley of Wayne County; and Coach Tim Smith of Wayne County.

4-H Shooting Sports teaches youth safety, marksmanship, teamwork, and communication skills. To learn more about the Wayne County 4-H Shooting Sports program, please contact the WVU Extension Service Wayne County office at 304-272-6839.

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Youth Participate in 2019 Dance Weekend

The goals of Dance Weekend are to enhance an individual’s awareness of and skills in specific heritage and folk dances. It also involves providing dance learning experiences that will challenge interested 4-H’ers at their skill level and to provide in depth training for 4-H’ers to lead or teach heritage and folk dances.

The 2019 Dance Weekend was held March 8-10 at WVU Jackson's Mill. Several youth participated in this state weekend camp and they include (l-r): Zara Harold, Erin Ferry, Sarah Ferry, Zoe Harold, and Chase Smith. To learn more about 4-H opportunities in Wayne County, please call the Wayne County office at 304-272-6839.

Wayne County Youth Participating in the 2019 Dance Weekend

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Wayne County Ag News

Winter Tree Identification Workshop

Looking up at tree

Come out to an evening of exploring the trees and shrubs of West Virginia with  Dr. Dave McGill, WVU Forest Resources Extension Specialist. This indoor seminar will give participants hands-on experience in identifying trees by bark, twig, and bud attributes.

The group will learn how to use “keys” along with twig and branch specimens to determine wildland tree species by looking at more than just the leaves. Magnifying lenses and written materials will be provided at the workshop.

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New Ag Agent Started July 18

evan wilson

Evan Wilson of Mason County joined WVU Extension Service on July 18 as the Wayne-Cabell Ag & Natural Resource Agent. He comes to us with a Bachelors in Ag & Extension Education and a Masters in Ag, Natural Resource & Design from West Virginia University. Evan grew up on his great-grandfather's farm near Apple Grove, WV and was active in 4-H and FFA during his middle and high school years. Evan looks forward to working with farmers and land owners in Wayne and Cabell counties. The public can reach him at the WVU Extension Service Wayne County office at 304-272-6839or via email.

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Retired Wayne County Extension Agent Passes Away

1979 Wayne County Office Staff

On Sunday, April 8, 2018, our beloved County Extension Agent, Carl Marcum passed away. He served Wayne County for 33  years and retired in December 2012. This photo features the time when Carl started as the County Extension Agent in 1979. Carl is surrounded by Charlie (Stickler) Rickman (left) and Meg Baughman (right).

Carl's obituary provides more information on his passing. He left a wonderful mark on our county and will truly be missed!

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Wayne County CEOS News

CEOS Members Make Elderberry Syrup

Members of the CEOS Garden Club made elderberry syrup. Cooperative Extension has resources that provide information on this edible plant. All Wayne County CEOS clubs welcome new members. Please call our office at 304-272-6839 to learn how you can join!

CEOS Members Making Elderberry Syrup.

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Wayne County CEOS to Host Charleston Area Meeting

The Wayne County CEOS program will host the 2019 Charleston Area CEOS Meeting on Saturday April 27 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Wayne Methodist Church, 615 Cleveland St, Wayne, WV 25570.

The program will feature Evan Wilson, Wayne-Cabell Ag Agent who will speak on house plants and Misty Martin, Director of Marie's House, a recovery center for women based in Wayne. The menu will feature baked steak, chicken casserole, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, pecan pie, Italian cream cake, turtle cheesecake, along with drinks.

The community service project is for attendees to bring items to support Marie's House in Wayne. Items include pillows and toiletries for women such as shampoo, conditioner, hairbrushes, soap/body wash, lotion, feminine hygiene products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, & razors.

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Crochet Lesson with Marie House Residents

CEOS members held their second crochet lesson with residents of Marie's House on February 22, 2019. The CEOS Quilt & Fiber Club always welcomes new members.

To learn more about CEOS and the Marie's House Outreach Program, please contact the Wayne County Extension Office at 304-272-6839.

CEOS Members Teach Residents How to Crochet

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4-H Youth Development

Did you know that in 4-H, you can build a rabbit den, go on a hike, learn photography, be a news reporter, raise small pets and livestock, safely shoot an air rifle, shot gun, or bow and arrow, learn about other cultures and customs, go to camp and make new friends? Did you know that 4-H is for everyone between the ages of 5 and 21? That’s right, everyone! In 4-H you can learn leadership skills and contribute to your community! Here are just a few exciting activities that Wayne County 4-H members are involved with:

  • 4-H Heritage Quilt Trail
  • Shooting Sports – air rifle, shot gun, and archery
  • Livestock and horses

The Wayne County 4-H program has lots of opportunities for youths of all ages. Call our office to receive more information.

Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS)

In many ways, CEOS is 4-H for adults! The purpose of CEOS is to provide leadership development, continuing education and service. CEOS members have lots of fun while learning and giving back to their community through various service projects. Wayne County CEOS Clubs are always looking for new members - call our office to learn more. 

Gardening & Horticulture

Do you have questions about your garden or the vegetables growing in it? Or do you need your soil tested? Or do you have questions about your lawn? If you answered yes to any of these questions, feel free to call our office anytime 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Family Nutrition Program

The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is comprised of numerous nutrition, food and physical activity projects designed to help limited resource families, youths and adults improve their health. FNP targets risk factors associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases. For more information, please contact Lisa Bell, Adult Health Educator at  304-272-6839.

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