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HAPPENINGS
Green Grove Community
4-H Club
“Hook, line and sinker”...
“flash in the pan”...“the one that
got away”...“when the smoke
clear.” Do all these phrases really
belong in the same paragraph?
They do when you’re talking
about the recent Fishing Fun
Day hosted by the Green Grove
Community 4-H Club.
The June 26 event was com
bined with a muzzle loading rifle
project meeting at the Welch
Family farm near Starucca. The
farm proved to be the perfect lo
cation for club members and
their families to experience just
what 4-H is all about.
Participants were afforded op
portunities to share expertise,
learn by doing, gain and practice
new skills, spend precious family
time, and strive in healthy com
petition all- in an environment
rich in respect for wildlife, prop
erty, safety, and others.
The environment at the muz
zle-loading range (created by a
natural ridge line) was one of
careful control, strict adherence
to rules, and close supervision by
Project Leader John Sherman
(aided by several other adult
coaches.) Participants also
learned the cause and proper re
sponse to a real “flash in the
pan.” When the smoke had
cleared and targets were examin
ed, shooters were elated to find
that discipline and practice were
paying off: skills were improving.
At those well-stocked ponds,
there was also much exuberance,
especially from David Sarber,
8-year-old winner of the prize for
most fish caught (a whopping
88)! The largest catch of the
Fishing Fun Day was a 19'/2-inch
Walleye made by Mark Musser.
Mark, age 17, also claimed the
prize for most species caught
his bounty included Bluegill,
Perch, Walleye, and Bass.
Mark was most thrilled by the
19Vi-inch Walleye, caught literal
ly seconds before time was offi
cially called to end the contest.
With that “last second” snatch,
Alan Bibalo’s 19-inch Walleye
slid to second place for the larg
est. Undaunted, Alan (age 13)
was happy to claim the prize for
the largest Bluegill (eight-inch
es). Adam Sickler, age 10, and
Mark Musser tied for catching
the largest perch (nine-'/i-inches),
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while Ruben Rodriguez, 10, took
the prize for the largest Bass at
16-inches. Fernanda Rodriguez,
age 13, landed the largest bull
head of the day (13-inch) before
heading off to the muzzle loading
range to provide some tough
competition for the male shoot
ers.
Following a very full morning
of working hard at having fun,
the Fun Day participants en
joyed a brief rest and picnic
lunch. Even Fishing Project lead
er Larry Winkler was forgiven
the oversight of forgetting his
fishing pole as he cleaned and
packaged the members’ huge
catch.
Irish Hill Shamrocks
4-H Club
The third meeting of the Irish
Hill Shamrocks was called to
order by vice president, Chantal
Birchard. The pledge to the flag
was led by Liz Holbert. The 4-H
pledge was led by Melissa Za
morski.
Members paid dues and talked
about who would give money
and how we would raise it.
Achievement Days is Aug. 1-3 at
Penn State.
Dimock Community
4-H Club
The Dimock Community 4-H
Club has been involved in some
great community service proj
ects. In March, the club had
planted flower seeds. Now that
they are grown, members planted
them around the Dimock Com
munity Church building and
post office.
At their latest meeting, mem
bers reported on litter pickups.
One boy told of finding half a
pencil, and farther on, the other
half.
Three interesting project dem
onstrations were given. One was
about how to plant a garden, an
other boy showed members the
clown he had made, and yet an
other told about learning your
dog’s behavior.
The kids sang happy birthday
to two members.
Bom To Show
4-H Club
At the Bom To Show 4-H
Club’s, meetings pledges were
said and the treasure’s report
read. Ben Hoover and Justin
Gamer talked about the dairy
judging contest in New York on
June 29.
Aug. 1-3 is State Achievement
Days at Penn State. There will be
a cleanup at the Harford Fair
grounds. Dairy books must be
completed at roundup.
Acre Lake 4-H Club
On June 15, the Acre Lake
4-H Club went to Shadowbrook
in Tunkhannock. Some members
went bowling and played pool.
The next meeting will be at
Lackawanna State Park.
Vermont Tour Enjoyed
By Area 4-H Clubs
More than 90 4-H’ers and
their families enjoyed two beauti
ful, fun-packed days in Vermont
July 11-12. The trip organized by
Penn State Cooperative Exten
sion office manager Evie Goff
began with a tour of Howe
Caves, in Cobelskill, N.Y.
Members and families toured
the caves and learned how they
were formed and even got to take
a boat ride 150-feet below the
ground in 42-degree water. Some
kids went Gem Stone mining
and came up with such trea
surers as rubies, garnets, crystal,
and emeralds.
From there it was onto Bur
lington, Vt. for a two-hour sunset
cruise on Lake Champlain upon
a 500-passenger luxury cruise
ship. 4-H members were thrilled
when the captain let each of
them navigate the boat. After a
full day, it was back to the hotel
for dinner and swimming.
The next morning kids and
families made a delectable stop
at the world famous Ben and
Jerry’s manufacturing plant in
Waterbury, Vt. After a
10-minute film explaining Ben
and Jerry’s remarkable history,
the tour continued to the produc
tion plant. Members and families
got to see the making of the ice
cream from beginning to end.
Everyone was amazed to hear
that in one day, this plant makes
180,000 pints of ice cream. From
there it was onto the tasting
room. Samples of “Cherry Gar
cia” and “Half Baked” were en
joyed by all.
After boarding the buses, it
was onto the Green Mountain
Flyer scenic train ride. Members
relaxed as the train snaked
through 26 miles of beautiful
Vermont scenery. The restored
coaches traveled through Brock
ways Mills Gorge and over two
covered bridges.
With everyone getting a full
dose of Vermont culture, it was
back home to Pennsylvania.
Cumberland Countywide
4-H Dairy Club
The Cumberland Countywide
4-H Dairy Club meeting was
July 10 at the Kulicks, Carlisle.
President Thomas Harwood
called the meeting to order at
7:30 p.m.
Under old business, Donald
Harwood reported on how the
judging team did on Saturday at
the regional contest. Melissa Det
man placed 10th in the junior di
vision for the senior division,
Scott Walton placed third, Amy
Kaucher placed eighth, Sarah
Day placed fourth, and Aaron
Corman placed ninth.
Also under old business, Amy
Kaucher reported how the junior
division team and the senior
team did at the regional dairy
bowl contest. The junior team
placed fifth and the senior team
placed first. The junior team was
made up of Melissa Detman,
Sarah Wickard, and lan Stamy.
The senior team was made up of
Brian Nailor, Amy Kaucher, Mi
chael Woods, and Zach Travis.
Harwood also asked everyone
that went to speak-out night to
stand and tell how they did. Amy
Kulick did a speech on “Future
Concerns of Dairy Farming” and
she received a blue, Mark Fulton
and Aaron Corman did a speech
on “Farm Safety” and they re
ceived a blue, Sonya Ricker did a
radio spot and a demonstration
on “Dairy Farming vs. Beef
Farming” and she received a
blue, Amy Kaucher did a radio
spot and a demonstration on
“Johnne’s Disease” and she re
ceived blue for both, Joe Arnold
did a radio spot and he received
a blue and Morgan Creek did a
demonstration on “What is Milk
Anyway?” and he received a
blue. Melissa Detman did a radio
spot and a demonstration on
“Safety Handling Animals” and
she received blue for both.
Under new business, Thomas
made sure everyone had a new
calendar for July and August.
Thomas also reminded everyone
of State Days and to check with
their coaches to be sure they
were signed up. John Ocker re
minded everyone about the con
cession stand at the Holstein
Show on Aug. 12.
After new business was done,
Timothy Blasco gave a demon
stration on schizophrenia, Tori
Fuller gave a demonstration on
an interview conducted with a
veterinarian, antf Brian Nailor
gave a demonstration on the in
terview he did with a farmer.
The program was identifying
grain and forage.
The 4-H Dairy Roundup is
Aug. 4-5 at Shippensburg Fair
grounds. The next meeting is
Sept. 11.
Berks 4-H Beef
Members of the Berks County
Uncaster Farming, Saturday, July 29, 2000-817
4-H Beef Club conducted their
annual summer field day recent
ly at Brubaker Angus at Forge
Hollow Farm. The farm is owned
and operated by Ken and Ginger
Brubaker along with their
9-year-old son, Clay.
The Brubaker’s operation con
sists of a 40-head purebred
Angus cow-calf herd.
The Brubakers hope to pro
duce a productive herd through
line-breeding and strict culling.
They want their cows to be angu
lar with sound udders, with
fleshing ability, strong maternal
instinct, sound feet and legs, and
their females must breed back
regularly every year.
Their herd bulls also have a
simple yet vital expectation that
they must live up to. They are
expected to produce females that
equal and exceed their mothers.
Right now, Brubaker Angus is
introducing a new herd sire OCC
Galileo 754 G.
“He combines a sound pheno
type, moderate frame size, flesh
ing ability, and maternal func
tion to produce the next
generation of efficient females,”
said Brubaker. Two other herd
sires that the Brubakers are
using are Irvington Vindicator
1066 and WRA Yogi F 3.
The 30 4-H Beef Club mem
bers and their families toured the
Brubaker family’s intensive graz
ing program. In this program,
the Brubakers keep their herd in
a small paddock of a large pas
ture and rotate the herd from
paddock to paddock as the cattle
eat the grass, ideally every two to
three days. The pastures are a
blend of orchard grass, alfalfa,
clover, and fescue. There is no
creep feed offered to their calves.
They are strictly raised off their
mother’s milk and grass until
they are weaned around 205 days
of age, according to Brubaker.
The heifers weaned in the fall
that will be used as replacement
heifers are fed a low energy ra
tion for three months and then
are given high quality hay to pro
ceed with their development
until they are again turned out
on pasture in the spring. The
cows are also fed hay in the win
ter, reinforcing the importance of
being able to convert efficiently
the hay forage into energy.
Following the pasture walk,
there was a judging clinic where
members, along with Ken Bru
baker, a Berks County livestock
judging coach, discussed a class
of steers. After the judging clinic,
there was a showmanship clinic.
Club members learned the prop
er ways to present their steers
and heifers, along with them
selves, in the show
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