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Page 4- Thursday, February 28, 2008 Are You Into It? By Peggy Symonds, 4-H Program Associate, Crook County Extension OFfice Another month is slipping away and put- ting us that much closer to spring, tax time and many busy dates on the 4-H calendar. Several leaders from Crook County attended State Leaders Conference in Worland this past week-end and all came home with many new and creative ideas to implement into the program here. We also learned that our immediate area has more snow than the Big Horn Basin and the Big Horn Mountains. Our prospects of spring runoff are looking good. Some say the fact that we can get snow is also a sign that we can get rain. The Jr. Leader Lock Down in Hulett the 9th and 10th of February was enjoyed by Jr. Lead- ers and adult chaperones alike. Sometimes it was hard to tell who was having the most fun. The youth baked cookies to be handed out to Seniors in the Hulett and Moorcroft areas. The Jr. Leaders are planning a sleigh riding party for March 2 following their regular meeting at the Crook County Saloon/Dining Emporium. The sleigh party will be at the home of Steve and Tina Wood. Jr. Leader age 4-H members are invited. Bring snacks to share. Most youth who have not participated in a Jr. Leader activity have no idea how much these young people contribute to the communities and how much fun they have. The leadership skills and citizenship they are learning and practicing are life skills that will be with them throughout their adult lives. Parents and leaders are encouraged to have youth join this group of 4-Hers and see what they really do. Each year the State 4-H Council honors 4-H leaders and Partners in 4-H from each of the districts. One in each of the three categories was nominated from Crook County and all three nominees won for N.E. District. The Partner in 4-H nominee was James Nei- man of Hulett. Mr. Neiman was nominated by the Black Tail Hustlers 4-H Club. He has sponsored the 4-H program and members over the years in various ways. His support has come in the form of scholarships, invest- ing at the Jr. Livestock Sale and through the Awards Committee for County Fair and Achievement Day Awards. The Lifetime Volunteer award winner for leaders who have served more than ten years was Pat Goodson from Sundance. Pat has been very influential in the Crook County horse project, is a certified horse rater for levels testing, has served on the council and the scholarship committee. She also served as Community Leader for the Ride n Hide 4-H Club for several years. Pat has not limited her 4-H service to Crook County. She has been in- volved in State 4-H Horse Camp for a number of years as an instructor. Pat also oversees the English Classes and Programmed Ride event at the county fair. Tina Fish from Aladdin was the Crook Coup- ~ ty nominee for Volunteer of the Year~ ~his award goes to volunteers who have served less than 10 years as a 4-H leader. Tina has been instrumental in breathing new life into the quilting project in Crook County with the youth as well as several adults. She has served as treasurer of the 4-H council. Tina has high standards for her sewing projects and expects the same from the youth at the same time exercising patience and encourage- ment to her young sewing students. All of the nominees from Crook County no longer have children involved in the 4-H pro- gram but have continued to give of their time and resources to the youth of the area. The next time you see one of these individuals, take a moment to say"Thank You" for all they do for the Crook County young people. A new project area that will have a state competition in 2008 is rocketry. A state rocket launch will be held at the Showcase/ Showdown in Riverton in dune. Any youth currently enrolled in the aerospace project may enter. There will be individual and team competition. A county may enter as many teams as desired. Teams may be comprised of a minimum of three and a maximum of five currently enrolled 4-H members. All rules and regulations concerning the contest along with resource material to order kits and materials are available at the Extension Office. Entries must be postmarked no later than Friday June 13. Remember that May I is the deadline to add or delete projects. If members are not enrolled in aerospace but would like to enter the rocketry contest, there is time to enroll. Call the Extension Office and enrollment to the project can be done by phone. It is time for graduating high school seniors to get scholarship applications filled out and turned in. The John and Pauline Peterson Memorial 4-H Scholarship--Crook County 4-H Scholarship and the Juanita Montgomery Whitham Memorial 4-H/FFA Scholarship and the one time renewal scholarship axe due in the Extension Office by April 1, 2008. NILE [Northern International Livestock Exposi- tion Scholarship] is due April 3, 2008. The NILE Collegiate Scholarship will award ten $500 scholarships to high school seniors. Wyoming Farm Bureau will offer nine college scholarships. The scholarships are available to children of Farm Bureau members and are due March 1, 2008. Applications for the 4-H and NILE scholarships are available at the Crook County Extension Office and the three high schools in the county. The Farm Bureau applications are available at the Farm Bureau Office in Sundance or by calling 1-800-442-8325. Black Hills Horse Expo Hippology and Horse Bowl information is available at the Extension Office. The contest is in the Rapid City Pen- nington County Event Center on Saturday March 8, 2008. Watch the county newspapers for upcoming dates of scheduled events and activities. Stay warm and safe. Until next time. Peggy "WHERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" well Despite cold temperatures and a steady stream of snow all day, a number of youth and adults partic- ipated in educational enrichment activities at the 4-H-sponsored Youth Activity Day in Hulett on February 18. Science and technol- ogy was the theme, with activities in GPS, computer, food science, and health science. Activities were led or assisted by 4-H Leaders Karen Dirks and Erica Thomas, 4-H member Megan Dirks, Tobacco Prevention Educator Ernie Reinhold, and UW Extension Edu- cators Trish Pena, Gene Gade and Janet Lake. The Moorcroft Youth Activity Day, designed for grades three and up, will be held on Fri- day, March 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Andrea Thomas (left), 4-H leader, assists her daughter Sara and others in the computer activities that covered a Portion Distortion Nutrition Quiz, Wyoming geography, dinosaurs, the VoreBuffalo Jump and GPS. Ernie Reinhold (left) presents sobering statistics about tobacco use to Peggy Sue Garman, Rachel Russell, Erin Perry, Rebecca Russell, Sara Thomas and Kaylene Preuss. UW Cent$ible Nutrition Educator Trish Pena (left), teaches about health issues like digestion, calcium, and healthy snacks to Peggy Sue Garman, Brooke Mills and Sara Thomas. UW Extension Educator Gene Gade (left) leads a GPS activity with Erin Perry, Megan Dirks, Andrea Thomas and Ernie Reinhold. Backs to camera are Rebecca Russell (left) and Bryson Mills. One group got close to a geocaching deposit buried in a big pile of snow. The Sundance Times ndance eal~d~el 205 East Main Street, E0. Belx 152, Sundance, WY Office Phone: (307) nq2~1802 . Cell: (807) 290-1232 Fax (30?) 283-1803 wett:tl08@h0tmaiL m ww .sundancekidimalty.com View at ranch anytime Annu al Gelbvieh Bull Sale MAIRCH 6, 2008 I:00 p.m. Belle Fourche Livestock Exchange ca, t aloof Belle Fourche, SD ((605) 892-2655thebulls SILLIN|: Gelbvieh Bulls & "~ Black/Gold Blend (Gelbvieht/Black Angus Cross} / Black, Red, Polled Richard & Unda [8749 Riley Rd * Nisland, Sl~ 57762 Oll'|llb1111 {ca]] comect) Trimming in Effect Everyone loves tree~.s. Trees provide beau~ and shade, serve as wind, noi se and visual barriers, help reduce energy usagle, reduce airborne pollutants, and increase property values. However, trees that touch or fall on power lines can cause wildfires, power outages, property damage, or personal injur~: Beginning this week and through March 15th, 2~18, a certified tree maintenance ,contractor hired by Powder River Energy Corporation will be trimming trees in ant[ around Sundance city limits in order to prevent Outages caused by limbs near powerlines and poles. Owergrown limbs on trees, when left ineheckedl and untrimmed, cause numerous hazards~ and can actually be detrimental to the health of the tree. Thank you for" your patience as we work towards prowiding members with safe, reliable egectrieity by providing this service. Questians? Please contact 1-g00-442-3630 Touchstone Energy' A Taste of Western Submitted by Vemie Nussbaum 2 med. onions, chopped 2 Tbsp. chili powder 1 lb. ground beef 1 (no. 2) can tomatoes 2 tsp. salt 1 (no. 2) can kidney beans 1t8 tsp, pepper Cook onions and beef until lightUy brown, stirring often. Add seasoning and tomatoes and simmer gently for an hour. Add beans and simmer 5 minutes or until beans are hot.