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Linda Brosch Discusses 4-H Program

OSWEGO, NY – On Thursday Linda Brosch, team coordinator for the 4-H program told the Oswego Sunrise Rotary about the programs in Oswego County.

Linda Brosch 4-H Team Coordinator, left, is greeted by Oswego Sunrise Rotary President Carol Reed.

Linda Brosch 4-H Team Coordinator, left, is greeted by Oswego Sunrise Rotary President Carol Reed.

Currently, there are 38 4-H clubs with 500 members and 89 leaders in Oswego County.

4-H is open to both boys and girls ages 5 – 19.

It is a program financed and operated by Cornell University Cooperative Extension in Oswego County.

Linda told the club that 4-H provides programs for all Oswego County School districts and OCO.

They present several different programs from information on the environment to maple syrup.

They run an Environmental Education Center in Amboy.

The 150 acres of mixed woods and wetland with marked hiking trails is suitable for cross country skiing and snowshoeing; dormitory and kitchen facilities are also available.

Oswego 4-H Youth Get Boost from National Paper Clover Campaign, Tractor Supply Co.

Angie LoBello and Carrol Huntley, managers of the Oswego and Fulton TSC stores respectively, kick off the TSC Paper Clover Campaign with help from two Oswego County 4-H Clubs: The Bone Diggers and Castaways 4-H Clubs.

Angie LoBello and Carrol Huntley, managers of the Oswego and Fulton TSC stores respectively, kick off the TSC Paper Clover Campaign with help from two Oswego County 4-H Clubs: The Bone Diggers and Castaways 4-H Clubs.

(Mexico, NY) – Today, the Tractor Supply Company (TSC) stores in Oswego and Fulton joined 4-H in support of local youth with the TSC Paper Clover Campaign, a national in-store fundraising effort to benefit state and local 4-H programming in each of the communities where a Tractor Supply Company store is located.

Beginning Friday, March 26, through Sunday, April 18, shoppers at both the Fulton and Oswego Tractor Supply Company stores will have the opportunity to support 4-H in Oswego County by purchasing paper clovers for just $1 at checkout. All funds raised through this local TSC Paper Clover Campaign will be donated to 4-H, and will support 4-H programming in Oswego County.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H programs serves over 10,000 youth annually through 4-H clubs, in-school enrichment programs and after school programs. “We are very excited to be partnering with the Oswego and Fulton TSC stores. Both of these stores have been huge supporters of the Oswego County 4-H Program for many years. It is nice to see a national initiative to assist the local county 4-H programs in their fund raising efforts “, said Linda Brosch, 4-H Team Coordinator for Oswego County Cooperative Extension.

“Many of our stores have been involved with 4-H clubs for years. Now, Tractor Supply Company is proud to have an official chain-wide relationship with 4-H,” said Tractor Supply Company Chairman and CEO Jim Wright. “For us, this is an outstanding way to support our current and future customers and future team members, and it’s a way to give back to the 900-plus unique communities we serve.”

“We are thrilled to have the generous support of Tractor Supply Company for our Paper Clover Campaign,” said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., president and CEO of National 4-H Council. “This new partnership will help provide funding to 4-H programs in more than 900 Tractor Supply Company communities across the nation, providing opportunities for youth to participate in activities that will in turn help them make positive contributions and become strong, confident adults. We look forward to a successful TSC Paper Clover Campaign this year!”

About 4-H
4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within USDA. The 4-H programs are implemented by the 109 Land Grant Universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org.

About Tractor Supply Company
Tractor Supply Company operates more than 900 stores in 44 states. The Company’s stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The Company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, pet and animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use; (3) hardware and tool products; (4) seasonal products, including lawn and garden power equipment; (5) truck and towing products; and (6) work/recreational clothing and footwear for the entire family.

New 4-H Club is forming in Oswego

Cornell Cooperative Extension is excited to announce that a new 4-H club will be forming for youth ages 8-12. This club will meet at Leighton Elementary in Oswego from 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm on Thursdays in the all purpose room. The first meeting will be held on March 11, 2010.

The club will be overseen and organized by Emily Anderson (Americorps member at Cornell Cooperative Extension for Oswego County 4-H.) The first organizational meeting’s agenda will include choosing two projects to be carried out and a community service project. There is a $10.00 enrollment fee.

4-H provides a positive atmosphere of creativity and great accomplishment. 4-H clubs are groups of kids working with parents/adults on a variety of exciting and educational projects that promote a wide range of useful skills including gardening, wildlife, cooking, woodworking, electricity, community service, photography, sewing, learning leadership skills, and much more!

To learn more about this new and exciting club and the 4-H program please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 963-7286 for more information.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities. Please contact the office if you have any special needs.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Announces a New 4-H Club is starting for the Fulton Community

Cornell Cooperative Extension is excited to announce that a new 4-H club will be forming for youth ages 8-12. This club will meet at Fairgrieve Elementary in Fulton from 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm on Wednesdays in the cafeteria.

The club will be overseen and organized by Emily Anderson (Americorps member at Cornell Cooperative Extension for Oswego County 4-H.) The first organizational meeting’s agenda will include choosing two projects to be carried out and a community service project. There is a $10.00 enrollment fee.

4-H provides a positive atmosphere of creativity and great accomplishment. 4-H clubs are groups of kids working with parents/adults on a variety of exciting and educational projects that promote a wide range of useful skills including gardening, wildlife, cooking, woodworking, electricity, community service, photography, sewing, learning leadership skills, and much more!

To learn more about this new and exciting club and the 4-H program please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 963-7286 for more information.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities. Please contact the office if you have any special needs.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Announces a New 4-H Club For Phoenix

Cornell Cooperative Extension is excited to announce that a new 4-H club will be forming for youth ages 8-12. This club will meet at Michael A. Maroun Elementary in Phoenix from 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm on Mondays.

The first meeting will be held on March 22, 2010.

The club will be overseen and organized by Emily Anderson (Americorps member at Cornell Cooperative Extension for Oswego County 4-H.) The first organizational meeting’s agenda will include choosing two projects to be carried out and a community service project. There is a $10.00 enrollment fee.

4-H provides a positive atmosphere of creativity and great accomplishment. 4-H clubs are groups of kids working with parents/adults on a variety of exciting and educational projects that promote a wide range of useful skills including gardening, wildlife, cooking, woodworking, electricity, community service, photography, sewing, learning leadership skills, and much more!

To learn more about this new and exciting club and the 4-H program please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 963-7286 for more information.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities. Please contact the office if you have any special needs.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Announces A New 4-H Club

Cornell Cooperative Extension is excited to announce that a new club will be forming for youth ages 8-12. This club will meet at Leighton Elementary in Oswego from 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm on Thursday in the all purpose room. The first meeting will be held on March 11, 2010.

The club will be overseen and organized by Emily Anderson (Americorps member at Cornell Cooperative Extension for Oswego County 4-H). The first organizational meeting’s agenda will include choosing two porjects to be carried out and a community service project. There is a $10.00 enrollment fee.

4-H provides a positive atmosphere of creativity and great accomplishment. 4-H clubs are groups of kids working with parents/adults on a variety of exciting and educational projects that promote a wide range of useful skills including gardening, wildlife, cooking, woodworking, electricity, community service, photography, sewing, learning leadership skills, and much more!

To learn more about this new and exciting club and the 4-H program, please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 963-7286 for more information. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employemnt opportunites. Please contact the office if you have any special needs.

Wreaths for Wildlife

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The holiday decorating season is here, but not everyone remembers the feathered and furred friends around their homes during the preparations.  Well, it’s not too late to get started by attending the Wreaths for Wildlife Program at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center on Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 pm.  Participants will be constructing beautiful outdoor holiday evergreen wreaths that contain nutritious treats for cardinals, woodpeckers, squirrels and other wildlife.

The program will be hosted by the Center’s Environmental Educator, Pat Carney.  Mrs. Carney will be teaching adults and youth accompanied by a parent how to make these decorative and useful wildlife wreaths.  Carney will also give insights on how to attract different bird species by the type of food provided.  For example, suet attracts woodpeckers, cardinals favor sunflower seeds and squirrels are interested in everything.

There is a $6.00 program fee per wreath for this indoor, family oriented program.  A person attending the program but not constructing a wreath is requested to pay a $3.00 program fee.  Heavy pliers or needle nose pliers and a hammer will be needed.  Garden gloves are recommended.

Pre-registration is requested.  Space is limited for this program.  Please call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Youth Development Program, 963-7286 ext 401 to register for this wonderful program.  Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center is located on State Route 183, between Routes 13 and 69 in Amboy, Oswego County.  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities.  Please contact the office if you have any special needs.

Nature’s Halloween Unspooked

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</p>Chip Jenkins of Williamstown, NY tells trick n-treaters all about forest beetles during last year\’s Nature\’s Halloween Unspooked.

Chip Jenkins of Williamstown, NY tells trick n-treaters all about forest beetles during last year’s Nature’s Halloween Unspooked.

It’s the time of year to return to the woodland and join its spirits in a Halloween celebration.  Nature’s Halloween Unspooked will be held at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center on Sunday, October 26, 2007 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Creatures of all ages will delight in the afternoon of free, fun for the whole family activities.

Nature’s Halloween Unspooked includes children’s games and crafts, storytime, light refreshments and a trick & treat trail, which will not scare young children. Along this trail, trick & treat’ers will meet and greet forest critters. The trick & treat trail will only be open between 3-4 PM and will cost $1.00 per child. The last group will leave the trailhead at 3:45.  All the other activities are free of charge. However, donations are always welcomed.

Nature’s Halloween Unspooked will be held rain or shine. Participants should dress to stay warm and to ward off the spirit of chill. Activities will be moved indoors with inclement weather.

The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center is located at 748 State Route 183, one mile south of Williamstown. If you would like more information on the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center or to receive a listing of upcoming public programs, contact the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Youth Development Program at 963-7286 x 401.

Oswego County 4-H Volunteer Recognized As 2008 Leader Of The Year

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MEXICO, NY – For nearly 50 years, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County’s 4-H program annually recognizes one of its volunteers as Leader of the Year.

This year, Cindy Fresch of Oswego received that honor.

Cindy Fresch, who volunteers as co-leader of the 4-H Kalico Kats & Kittens Club, was recently recognized as the Leader of the Year at the annual 4-H Volunteer and Family Picnic. From left are: Mary Matteson, 4-H Program Educator; Jan Smith, 4-H Program Educator; Paul A. Forestiere II, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County Executive Director; Fresch; Linda Brosch, 4-H Team Coordinator; Debbie Holliday, 4-H Program Educator; and Kathy Porter, 4-H Administrative Assistant.

Cindy Fresch, who volunteers as co-leader of the 4-H Kalico Kats & Kittens Club, was recently recognized as the Leader of the Year at the annual 4-H Volunteer and Family Picnic. From left are: Mary Matteson, 4-H Program Educator; Jan Smith, 4-H Program Educator; Paul A. Forestiere II, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County Executive Director; Fresch; Linda Brosch, 4-H Team Coordinator; Debbie Holliday, 4-H Program Educator; and Kathy Porter, 4-H Administrative Assistant.

Fresch, who volunteers as co-leader of the Kalico Kats & Kittens Club, was recognized this past month during the annual 4-H Volunteer and Family Picnic.

“The picnic is a day that we gather to recognize all of our volunteers for the things they do for 4-H,” said Linda Brosch, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Team Coordinator. “The Leader of the Year award is a special way to say ‘thank you’ to the volunteers who go above and beyond the average responsibilities of a club leader.”

Brosch explained that leaders are nominated for the award. Nominations are received through letters that are submitted by co-leaders, or the children who participate in 4-H.

The nominations are sent to the 4-H office and reviewed by a committee that votes on them to determine the winner.

Fresch was nominated for the award this year by co-leader Beth Smith and the entire Kalico Kats & Kittens 4-H Club.

“Giving volunteers recognition for the outstanding service they provide to our youth is a very important part the Oswego County 4-H Program,” said Paul A. Forestiere II, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperation Extension of Oswego County.  “We want to be sure that people know that we appreciate all that they do.”

“We also hope that others see the great accomplishments of our volunteers and consider joining us in our efforts. There is nothing more rewarding than volunteering your time and talents to assist in the development of our youth,” he continued.

Fresch first joined 4-H as a sewing project leader with the Oswego Community Christian School 4-Hers in 2001.

After Fresch’s two daughters, Tara and Alena, graduated from the OCCS group five years ago, she began to volunteer with the Kalico Kats & Kittens Club, which includes children from the Oswego and Scriba communities.

She officially became co-leader in 2003 and helped Smith to organize the group’s activities.

Brosch pointed out that Fresch’s skills as a seamstress and a quilter made her a natural fit to help the club with its sewing and textile projects.

As a tribute to the experience she has brought to the club, many of the Kalico Kats & Kittens sewing projects have won special recognition at both the Oswego County Fair and the New York State Fair.

“We nominate Mrs. Fresch as 4-H Leader of the Year, because we really think she is one of the best 4-H Leaders ever,” the club wrote in its nomination letter. “She opens her home to us for sewing meetings, and lets us work in her well-stocked sewing room. We know that we’ve used up and even broken some of her supplies while learning, but Mrs. Fresch still smiles and welcomes us.”

“Mrs. Fresch is awesome. She has given us so much time, love, skill, encouragement, gas in her car, money and supplies for projects, and more,” the club letter continued. “We will be better equipped adults because of what she has taught us, and the example she has been to us.”

Fresch said she was surprised and honored to receive the award.

She attributes much of her experience and knowledge of 4-H to the “4-H Club Call” newspaper that is sent to clubs and keeps leaders up to date on projects, deadlines and activities.

“When you come into this program, that is a really useful tool to have,” Fresch said.

“I like 4-H a lot,” she added. “I love how it encourages the girls in the club to excel in the areas that they are interested in.”

4-H is an informal educational program for youth ages 5-19 built on subject matter projects developed by Cornell Cooperative Extension and by the National 4-H Council.

Oswego County’s 4-H program is operated through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County in Mexico and funded by a joint effort of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Cornell University’s New York State Land Grant College, N.Y.S. 4-H Foundation, and the Oswego County Legislature.

The New York State 4-H Foundation, Inc., is a private, not-for-profit organization, which for over 50 years has focused upon building and enhancing quality 4-H Youth Development programs for New York’s young people.

If you would to learn more about the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, call (315) 963-7286, or visit http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/oswego

Oswego County 4-H Coordinator Receives Conservation Educator Of The Year Award

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MEXICO, NY – It’s not uncommon to see Linda Brosch in a stream alongside a group of fourth graders, foraging for all kinds of interesting and elusive creatures.

Brosch is the 4-H team coordinator at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center, owned and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County’s 4-H program.

Linda Brosch, 4-H team coordinator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, recently won the prestigious New York State Conservation Council’s Conservation Educator of the Year Award. With Linda at the award presentation are from left: Chuck Parker, member of the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club; Paul Forestiere II, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County; and Michael Cali, president of Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club.

Linda Brosch, 4-H team coordinator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, recently won the prestigious New York State Conservation Council’s Conservation Educator of the Year Award. With Linda at the award presentation are from left: Chuck Parker, member of the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club; Paul Forestiere II, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County; and Michael Cali, president of Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club.

Her teaching responsibilities center around the region’s natural resources, and environmental conservation.

She takes great pride in the position, and her ongoing commitment and enthusiasm recently won her the prestigious New York State Conservation Council’s Conservation Educator of the Year Award.

It’s these “Pond and Stream Safaris” that really excite Brosch as she is charged with inspiring area youth to engage more with nature.

“It helps to have this ‘forever child’ in me,” she said. “What is fascinating is making a new discovery each time.”

The award she has earned recognizes an outstanding educator who teaches youth the importance of environmental conservation and inspires youngsters to hunt, trap, fish or just enjoy outdoors recreation.

There is only one such award issued annually throughout the entire state.

The New York State Conservation Council is the oldest volunteer conservation organization in the state.

Established in 1933, the council aids in the formulation and establishment of policies and practices designated to conserve, protect, restore and perpetuate forests, wildlife and scenic and recreational areas.

Brosch was nominated by the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club, which is affiliated with the state’s Conservation Council.

She works closely with the federation to help further the goals of educating youth on the environment and getting them more involved in hunting, fishing and conservation.

“I’m very honored,” Brosch said in regards to her award. “You don’t always expect to get recognition for it, but it feels nice when it happens.”

Paul A. Forestiere II, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, expressed enthusiasm in regards to the award.

“Linda always goes above and beyond the call of duty to educate our children about the importance of environmental conservation,” Forestiere said. “We’re proud and very fortunate to have Linda as part of our staff.”

As a specialist in youth development, Brosch gains great satisfaction from seeing youth derive pleasure from various outdoors programs.

“This award makes you feel as if you are really making a difference, and that difference is being recognized across the state,” she said.

Brosch said the award gives her assurance that the county federation is “very proud of the work I am doing in Oswego County.”

She added the award showcases the positive working relationship between the federation and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

According to Brosch the partnership has included coordinating the 4-H Shooting Sports program for the past five years, as well as the “Flyin’ High with Fly Fishing” program for three years.

She has also taken young outdoor enthusiasts, wilderness camping, while teaching them about the environment through enrichment programs which include sportsfishing, environmental education, orienteering and “geocaching,” a hunting game where participants use GPS to hide and seek items.

“I’m a person who likes to be up front teaching,” she said. “I like to share in what I believe in, which is enjoyment, appreciation and respect for the environment so it will continue to be there in the future.”

“It’s more than just teaching, it’s getting youth to experience it,” she added. “At 4-H, we work with the philosophy of working by doing. It’s all about hands-on learning.”

She said there is a big difference in explaining in a classroom the plight of the spotted turtle in Oswego County and actually getting youth out into the field and seeing the species in its natural habitat.

The spotted turtle is a “species of concern” in Oswego County and across the state.

As Brosch progresses in her career, she is continuing to see the need to get youth excited about the outdoors.

“Our society doesn’t let children experience the wonders of nature and the environment,” said Brosch, who has been working for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Oswego County for nine years.

Brosch is a member of the National Association for Interpretation, the New York State Outdoor Educators Association, and the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.

She resides in the city of Oswego with her husband, Thomas, enjoys cycling, and also being an active member of the community.

A native of Elma, a town located outside of Buffalo, Brosch earned a master’s of science degree in environmental studies in 1996 from Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus. In 1992, she earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology from SUNY Oswego.

She decided to enter into the environmental education field after volunteering at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center located in Wyoming.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a key outreach system of Cornell University with a strong public mission and an extensive local presence that is responsive to needs in New York communities.

The Cornell Cooperative Extension educational system enables people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work.

If you would to learn more about the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County, call (315) 963-7286, or visit http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/oswego

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