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Wayne County 4-H Newsletter

Recruiting Mentors & Community Coordinators

This spring, Wayne County will be looking to secure Mentors and Community Coordinators for its five Energy Express sites during the summer of 2019. Energy Express is a nationally-recognized literacy and nutrition program. Community Coordinators and mentors either recruit, train or supervise volunteers to assist Energy Express children during reading, writing, art, drama and non-competitive recreational activities. The selection process begins March 1. Apply online.

Call the Wayne County office at 304-272-6839 if you have any questions.

Energy Express 2018 Wayne County

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Ambassadors Induct Officers

Wayne County 4-H Ambassadors met December 18, 2019 for their annual cake decorating party. They also inducted new officers for the year, did some team-building, and discussed their next community service project!

To learn more about this teen leadership organization, please contact the Wayne County office at 304-272-6839.

Wayne County 4-H Ambassadors

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Wayne County 4-H'ers Participate in Christmas Parade

Wayne County 4-H participated in the Town of Wayne Christmas parade.Thank you Lisa Bell for the apples that were passed out to represent the '4-H Health H', to Bruce Crockett for driving and Dawn E Topping-Streets for all the great decorations!

wayne christmas parade 2018

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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 Garden Club Makes Spring Wreaths

The Wayne County CEOS Garden Club made beautiful spring wreaths at their January meeting. The CEOS Garden Club has interesting speakers or hands-on activities. They are always interested in new members. The members who made wreaths include (L-r): Sarah Marcum, Trish Harris, Nancy Crockett, and Donna Ferrell. To learn more, please call the Wayne County office at 304-382-3204.

CEOS Makes Spring Wreaths

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CEOS Partners with Marie's House

We are thrilled that the Wayne County CEOS Quilt & Fiber club will partner with Marie’s House in Wayne to teach women recovering from addiction the wonderful skill of crocheting in the hopes that in turn they will make crocheted items for people in need. Those who were able to attend include (l-r): Heather Humphrey's and Misty Martin from Marie's House and Resa Files, Trish Harris, Nancy Crockett, and Donna Ferrell from CEOS. To learn more about this project, please call the Wayne County office 304-272-6839.

CEOS Partners with Marie's House

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Blood Pressure Station Update

Many thanks to Jim Boggs, Wayne County Administrator, who recently stopped by our office and had his blood pressure taken!

The WVU Extension Service Wayne County office has a blood pressure station that is free and available to the public. Our office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. To learn more, please call our office at 304-272-6839!

Jim Boggs uses the Wayne County Blood Pressure Station

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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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