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County 4-H to celebrate 75 years

by Olivia
Sat, Oct 22nd 2011 08:00 am
Making plans to celebrate 75 years of 4-H in Niagara County are committee members (from left) Linda Conlin, John K. Hall, Sue Wendler, Debi Sweeney and Kyle Lefort.
Making plans to celebrate 75 years of 4-H in Niagara County are committee members (from left) Linda Conlin, John K. Hall, Sue Wendler, Debi Sweeney and Kyle Lefort.

Planning is now under way to mark the 75th anniversary of 4-H in Niagara County.

Through the efforts of the Lockport Kiwanis Club, in cooperation with the then Niagara County Board of Supervisors, the state 4-H club office at Cornell University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Niagara County 4-H Program came to be in 1936. Now in its 75th year, this youth program operates within the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County, headquartered in Lockport.

John K. Hall, of the Hall Apple Farm, and the son of John A. Hall, the first chairman of the 4-H executive committee who was instrumental in beginning the program, continues the family tradition as he heads up the 75th anniversary Planning Committee. At a recent meeting it was decided to celebrate this event at the Niagara County Fair, Aug. 1-5, 2012.

Over coming months, committee members will revise and update the "50 Years of 4-H in Niagara County Memory Book." They are now seeking the assistance of past and present 4-Hers and their families. Photos and anecdotes of 4-H experiences from the past 25 years are being sought.

In addition, contributions for a patron list are being accepted to support printing of the book and sponsorship of 4-H programs, trips and awards. Donations may be sent to Niagara County 4-H Sponsors, Inc. c/o Pat McCarthy, 4487 Lake Ave. Lockport, NY 14094.

Those having items from their 4-H days that they would like to loan for a 75th anniversary display at the fair should contact Debi Sweeney at 795-9257 or Linda Conlin at[email protected]. And Sue Capell, at 433-8839, is seeking input from third, fourth and fifth generation 4-H families.

In related news, committee organizers report that plans are in the making for the selection of a symbolic 4-H boy and girl from new enrollees this year to preside over the celebration events. "A Parade of 4-H Royalty," recognition of 4-H Families of the Year, 4-H Alumni Day, a 75th anniversary cake cutting, and a revival of square dancing are among the activities planned for the Niagara County Fair. For more information, visit www.cceniagaracounty.org.

Those wishing to help with this event are welcome to attend the next committee meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the 4-H Training Center small meeting room, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport.

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