Wirt County News
Wirt County CEOS Hosts Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Event
Each year, the Wirt County Community Educational Outreach Service hosts a wreath hanging ceremony for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at the Wirt County Courthouse. On October 7, 2019, thirteen members and guests gathered at the front steps of the County Courthouse to celebrate and raise awareness for Breast Cancer research, treatment, and prevention.
This years event featured a balloon release, wreath hanging ceremony, and giveaways from the West Virginia University Cancer Institute. The event was attended by cancer survivors and their family members as well as several support local community agencies.
Wirt County Dining with Diabetes Course Offered in October
2019 Wirt County Fair
Ninety-six 4-H and FFA exhibitors showed and sold animals at the 2019 Wirt County Fair. One hundred fifty-five animals were exhibited and sold. The barn was busting at the seams as we squeezed in temporary pens to fit all of the animals. This was another successful year for 4-H and FFA exhibitors. Glenn McFee donates sale proceeds to WVU Medicine Children's in honor of his late sister, Lynlee McFee.
Wirt County 4-H News
Wirt County 4-H Celebrates Achievements at Council Circle
On October 27, 2019, 4-H members, volunteers, and clubs were recognized for their achievements at an Open Council Circle held by the Wirt County 4-H Leaders' Association.
Kerry Cottrell serves as an outstanding leader for both the kids in here ever-growing community club and the youth of Wirt County. Kerry works to grow her club membership year after year by encouraging her members to participate in contests and events, organize community service projects, develop friendships, and further grow the club. Kerry is known for her constant upbeat attitude and willingness to serve others. Under her leadership, the Morristown Mountaineers 4-H Club has become the largest club in Wirt County. Kerry also lends a helping hand with fundraising for the leaders’ association and organizing county events. 4-H Youths and Volunteers in Wirt County are fortunate to have such a dedicate leader.
Wirt County 4-H Welcomes the New 4-H Year
Whether you're a returning family or new to 4-H, we are excited you are joining us for the 2019-20 4-H Year. Below are some important things to know. A 4-H Family Guidebook is also available from your club leaders or the County Extension Office that provide in-depth information on exhibiting at the Wirt County Fair, project books, and event information. If you have questions at any time, please reach out to your club leaders or the County Extension Office. You can reach the WVU-Wirt County Extension Office at 304-275-3101 or email Callie Daugherty, Wirt County Extension Agent, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wirt County 4-H Gains Three New All Stars
Wirt County 4-H Volunteers are essential to making each 4-H member have a positive and safe educational experience. While we often recognize the accomplishments of our youth, we don’t always take the time to recognize the work and dedication of our volunteers. The West Virginia 4-H All Stars organization recognizes the hard work of volunteers by awarding the highest honor in 4-H, the All Star pin.
On September 21, 2019, three deserving volunteers were recognized with this honor at the West Virginia 4-H Volunteer Leader’s Weekend. The event took place at Jackson’s Mill, the state 4-H camp ground. Inductees were (pictured left to right) Kerry Cottrell, Mike Bumgarner, and Angie Smith.
- Nov218:30 AM - 5:00 PMFSMA/GAPs Produce Safety Grower Training - Martinsburg, WV
- Dec38:30 AM - 5:00 PMWriting Your Farm Food Safety - Martinsburg, WV
- Dec78:30 AM - 4:30 PMWriting Your Farm Food Safety Plan - Institute, WV
- Dec108:30 AM - 5:00 PMWriting Your Farm Food Safety - Bridgeport, WV
- Dec166:30 PM - 8:00 PMWirt County 4-H Leaders Association Meeting
- Apr17 All Day West Virginia Extension Master Gardener Association Annual Conference
Putting Knowledge to Work!
West Virginia University Extension Service works to provide solutions in your community through key programs and resources, including agriculture and natural resources, 4-H and youth development, food and nutrition, health and wellness, financial planning and home gardening. These research-based programs and services are available to all Wirt County residents thanks to the tremendous support of our community members, local organizations, volunteers and local partners, including the Board of Education and County Commission.
Wirt County Highlights
- 4-H Program Growth – Participation in the 4-H program rose from 96 members for 2017 to 2018 to 150 members currently enrolled, a 60% increase in one enrollment year.
- STEM Education – Approximately 1,267 youth contacts were made using STEM programming. This number includes duplicates of children who participated in more than one activity. Activities included STEM stations, club visits, National Youth Science Day and 4-H camp activities.
- Community Garden – Extension held four garden education classes and worked with Community Resources, Inc. to continue upgrading and managing the community garden, which features 18 4’x8’ raised beds and four standing raised beds.
- Energy Express – This program was fully enrolled with 40 children being served. 42.5% of the children were first time participants. 25% of the participants served had an Individualized Educational Plan or other special needs learning requirement.
- Program Volunteers – 33 volunteers were fully vetted and trained in youth protection during 2018, allowing for a safe educational learning environment during all our youth programs.
- Communications – The WVU Wirt County Extension Service office distributed an annual newsletter to 253 households in the fall of 2018. A 4-H newsletter was distributed three times throughout the year to 4-H families. 19 articles and 22 advertisements were released through the Wirt County News Journal with an audience of 2,600 people. A Facebook page for the Extension office was created and reached users on average, 4,763 times per month. The WVU Wirt County Extension Service webpage had 2,060 unique views over the course of the year.
- National Council on Aging Partnership – Through this partnership, one senior worker has been placed in the position of administrative assistant to the WVU Wirt County Extension Service Office for 15 hours per week.