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Rabbit news for 4-H’ers

The May Rabbit and Mini Rabbit meeting will be May 18 at 7 p.m. It will be  a joint meeting to go over Ambassador competition. Covered will be possible test questions, showmanship and breed ID. Bring your rabbit to this meeting for showmanship. Even if you are not interested in the Ambassador competition, it’s still a meeting to learn about rabbits and work on showmanship for the Fair.
Regular 4-H’ers, remember May animal sheets are due at the Extension Office by May 17 at 4:30 p.m. if you are showing rabbits at the Fair.
If you still need help finding rabbits, please contact Jerry Ziegler or an Advisory Board member.

The May Rabbit and Mini Rabbit meeting will be May 18 at 7 p.m. It will be  a joint meeting to go over Ambassador competition. Covered will be possible test questions, showmanship and breed ID. Bring your rabbit to this meeting for showmanship. Even if you are not interested in the Ambassador competition, it’s still a meeting to learn about rabbits and work on showmanship for the Fair.

Dairy/Steer Feeder Calf news

Congratulations to Madyson Stricker on being the top seller for the Dairy  Steer/Feeder Calf March fundraiser. Another fundraising effort will…

Dining with Diabetes program available

“Dining with Diabetes” is a program for people with diabetes and their families.  This four week cooking school will be held on Tuesdays, May 25, June 1, June 8, and June 15; 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Whitley County Extension Office, 115 South Line Street, Columbia City.
This curriculum reflects current advances in diabetes nutritional education and also takes into consideration today’s busy lifestyle.  Recipes utilized throughout the curriculum have fewer and less expensive ingredients and are prepared with less fat and sodium content.  Utilization of the artificial sweeteners in combination with limited amounts of sugar is emphasized to reduce overall carbohydrates and calories.  Emphasis is placed on the addition and importance of fiber and calcium in the meal plan.
The class schedule is:  May 25 – “What is Diabetes?”; June 1 –  “Main Dishes – Looking at Fats and Sodium”; June 8 – “Desserts – Looking at Carbohydrates and Sweeteners”; and June 15 – “Side Dishes – Looking at Vitamins and Fiber.”
Cost is $35/person for all four sessions; $20 for the second person in a family.  Aging and In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana is providing a limited number of full scholarships for persons over age 60.
Registrations are due May 18. For more information, call 244-7615 or 625-3313 or e-mail cbarnett@purdue.edu.

“Dining with Diabetes” is a program for people with diabetes and their families.  This four week cooking school will be held on Tuesdays, May 25, June 1, June 8, and June 15; 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Whitley County Extension Office, 115 South Line Street, Columbia City.

Whitley County Mini 4-H Camp held

The annual Mini 4-H Camp was on Saturday, April 24 at the 4-H Center.  Mini 4-H’ers spent the day learning about how to prepare their Mini 4-H projects.  They were also introduced to how to prepare for some regular 4-H projects when they are older.  Ten stations were setup for the children to visit for different learning techniques.  In the morning session children visited a rabbit station, a station to view all the germs they had on their hands, make a bag of trail mix to their liking, and learned about goats and how to prepare their poster or notebook for their Mini 4-H project.
A camp lunch of hot dogs, carrots, chips and lemonade was served.  Junior Leaders Holly Kyler and Lauren Shively led the children in fun games of Duck, Duck, Goose and tag.  In the afternoon session, the children learned about bicycle safety, frosted and decorated a sugar cookie, learned about the beef and rocketry projects and made preparation to plant a flower bed in front of the Shelter House.
The next Mini 4-H activity will be on June 8 at 6:30 p.m. to plant flowers in front of the Shelter House at the 4-H Center.  On June 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the 4-H Center more flowers will be planted.  Also, on June 24, a workshop will be conducted with learning techniques on how to show your orphan goats or lambs at the 4-H fair.

The annual Mini 4-H Camp was on Saturday, April 24 at the Whitley County 4-H Center.  Mini 4-H’ers spent the day learning about how to prepare their Mini 4-H projects.  They were also introduced to how to prepare for some regular 4-H projects when they are older.  Ten stations were setup for the children to visit for different learning techniques. 

Green Township 4-H news

by Moriah Goedtel
The Green Township 4-H Club opened the meeting with the 4-H pledge that was led by Danny Resler then the 4-H trail that was led by Sierra Przemielewski. After that song leader Peyton Gaff led all in “Singing in the Rain.” Katie Brumbaugh did Roll Call and Ted Pearson did the Treasury report.
Then the club debated on what they wanted to do for “Share the Fun,” and the Turtle Days parade. They decided that they were going to do both  things. They also decided to sell t-shirts this year. They will have a community clean up day also. Some of the older kids in the 4-H Club read thank you notes that came from the people they gave flowers to.
On May 16 they will be planting flowers at Sacred Heart Home in Avilla at 2 p.m. They will be having a garage sale on June 3, 4, 11 and 12 at Green Township Community Center.
The next meeting is May 23 at 4 p.m. also at the Center.

by Moriah Goedtel

The Green Township 4-H Club opened the meeting with the 4-H pledge that was led by Danny Resler then the 4-H trail that was led by Sierra Przemielewski. After that song leader Peyton Gaff led all in “Singing in the Rain.” Katie Brumbaugh did Roll Call and Ted Pearson did the Treasury report.

Smith Harvester 4-H news

by Kaylee Leeuw
The Smith Harvestors would like to thank everyone who participated at the antique tractor auction and  also those that purchased concessions.
We have elected officers for this year and they are: Brooke Carter-President, Jacey Keener-Vice President, Bailey Keener, Treasurer and Haleigh Gross, Secretary.  If you are a member of the Smith Harvestors please make every attempt possible to attend the meetings.  We learn safety, sing songs, watch demonstrations and go over ideas so that our projects are succesful for the fair.
We would also like to thank our wonderful leader, Trina Keener, for her dediation to 4-H. The next meeting will be May 12 at 7 p.m. in the Churubusco High School Annex. See you there!

by Kaylee Leeuw

The Smith Harvestors would like to thank everyone who participated at the antique tractor auction and  also those that purchased concessions.

Genealogical Society of Whitley County 2010 Annual Dinner

“The Underground Railroad in Eastern Indiana,” a program by Cynthia Vogel, will be presented at the annual dinner of the Genealogical Society of Whitley County on Thursday, May 20, 6:30 p.m., at the Eagle’s Nest Event Center, Columbia City.  The public is invited to attend.
Cynthia Vogel, a lifelong educator in Ohio with a passionate interest in the Civil War, has published books on the influence of women in the Civil War and is currently at work on a reference book about places along the Underground Railroad.  In 2008 she published a children’s book, “Tony and Molly Are Gone.”  More children’s books are in the works.
Mail check, $13.50 per person, by May 10 with name/s of those attending to: GSWC, P.O. Box 224, Columbia City, IN 46725, or call 248-2722 or 691-3627.

“The Underground Railroad in Eastern Indiana,” a program by Cynthia Vogel, will be presented at the annual dinner of the Genealogical Society of Whitley County on Thursday, May 20, 6:30 p.m., at the Eagle’s Nest Event Center, Columbia City.  The public is invited to attend.

Whitley County AARP news

The Whitley County Chapter AARP met Tuesday, April 6 at the Woodlands. President Pat Loe opened the meeting by welcoming all present.  Three visitors were, Sharon Kimmel, Maria Sanders and Jan Lumpkins.
Virginia Wright led in the Pledge to the Flag and Phyllis Swick led the group in prayer.
Marjorie Kite is celebrating a birthday this month.
The minutes were read and approved.  A thank-you note was read from the Whitley County Council on Aging, regarding the donation toward the Senior Pack Program.
The health report on Osteoporosis was given by Phyllis Swick. A person should take calcium to help prevent Osteoporosis.  Coffee takes the calcium out of your system.   Things to help build stronger bones include weight bearing exercises, water aerobics and high impact exercises, and milk, cheese and ice cream are important foods.
Bonnie Hazen read about anniversaries this year:  75th-Monopoly,50th-Bubble Wrap, 50th Xerox, 30th-Rubic Cube, Microsoft Windows and Nintendo.
April is National Foot Care Month. Our feet contain 1/4 of the bones in our body.  We normally take 3-5,000 steps a day, but our goal should be 10,000 steps daily.
Betty Mink reminded all members the first Bear Creek Farms trip will be “South Pacific” on June 10th and the price will be $35.00. Reservations must be made by May 21st by calling Betty at 723-6044.
The next meeting will begin with a luncheon at 12:00 noon on May 4.
The guest speaker was Curt Sylvester, AARP District Representative for NE Indiana. He said the mission statement for AARP is “Enhancing the quality of life for all as we age.” Anyone age 50+ can join AARP.

The Whitley County Chapter AARP met Tuesday, April 6 at the Woodlands. President Pat Loe opened the meeting by welcoming all present.  Three visitors were, Sharon Kimmel, Maria Sanders and Jan Lumpkins.

Livestock 4-H forms due

The 4-H Livestock enrollment deadline is Monday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m. at the Whitley County Extension Office in Columbia…

Humane Society ‘Fixed’ Cat Sale

Spring at the Humane Society of Whitley County means the beginning of “kitten season” – an influx of unwanted pregnant cats and litters of kittens. The number of cats and kittens brought in during the summer months is more than double what they see during the winter. In order to try to make as much room as possible for the future residents the Humane Society is  holding a “Fixed” Cat Sale!
Recently, many of the cats available at our shelter have been spayed or neutered. Normally the adopter leaves a $15 deposit with the shelter which is taken off the price of their cat’s surgery when performed, with the remaining surgical fee being paid by the new owner. So for the cats who have been “fixed,” not only will the adopter save $15 at the time of adoption but will also save the rest of the spay/neuter fee. Currently, they are 22 cats of all colors and ages available. All standard adoption rules apply so you must fill out an application and be approved first.
Another advantage to adopting a shelter cat is all the preventative care that has already been given by the shelter. The cats have at least two sets of vaccinations, are tested for Feline Leukemia/FIV, and are checked and treated for fleas and ear mites! You also get a bag of food and a coupon for a free vet exam.  For the slight cost of a $65 adoption fee you get medical care that on average could cost you over $250! Much more economical than the “free kitten” next door that has had no health care yet. So be a lifesaver this spring and come adopt a cat at the shelter . . . in return you will receive a lifetime of unconditional love and loyalty!

Spring at the Humane Society of Whitley County means the beginning of “kitten season” – an influx of unwanted pregnant cats and litters of kittens. The number of cats and kittens brought in during the summer months is more than double what they see during the winter. In order to try to make as much room as possible for the future residents the Humane Society is  holding a “Fixed” Cat Sale!