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July 28, 1991
Age: 16Residence; hometown: Westminster; FrederickEducation: Junior at Westminster High SchoolFamily: Mother: Illona G.; father: John H. Jr.; sister: Ginger, 14; brother: Lucas, 9School activities: Chorus, school musical, drama clubHobbies: Photography, crafts, reading, working at the Carroll County Public LibrarySchool honors: Honor roll, 4.0 average, Who's Who Among American High Schools4-H activities: Pleasant Valley 4-H Club (8 years); photography, crafts and dairy4-H honors: 1991 Carroll County 4-H Citizenship Award; photography record book to state competition 1991; Pleasant Valley 4-H Club secretaryWhy I like 4-H: "It's an opportunity to make new friends, gain confidence, experience new things and develop yourself as an individual."
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July 26, 2012
Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair opens this weekend, with events starting Friday, July 27, and continuing through Aug. 4, at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, 700 Agriculture Center Dr., Westminster. Some of the familiar attractions include racing pigs, the combine demolition derby, Wild West night, lawn mower races, the tractor pull, chain saw carving demonstrations and more. Highlights for the week include the annual 4-H Parade (July 29, 6 p.m.), the Ms. Carroll County Farm Bureau Contest (July 29, 7 p.m.)
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By Nora Catherine Koch and Nora Catherine Koch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | April 6, 1997
Laura Fischer was a shy, self-conscious 7-year-old when she attended her first 4-H meeting in Pleasant Valley. Her mother wanted Laura to find something that would keep her occupied, and the opportunities that 4-H offered seemed practical for a farmer's daughter.Older 4-H members welcomed Laura and encouraged her to get involved with the 4-H public speaking program. From their example, Laura has become a leader.Laura is just one of more than 1,400 4-H'ers involved in 52 Carroll County clubs with interests ranging from hippology (the study of horses)
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August 3, 2011
The following are the results of the 2011 Harford County 4-H Livestock Sale held at the Farm Fair on Saturday, July 30. Results are listed by animal category, and include the name of the seller first, the buyer and the price paid. Lambs Andrew Wood, The Borkoski Family, $339; Anne Maxwell, Brothers Berries, $305.10; Josiah Beichler, Brothers Berries, $297; Ashley Beichler, Dr. James and Rose Brayton, $347.10; Alisa Schaedel, Cool Rein Farm, 657.90; Emily Klein, Cows on the Loose, $472; Matthias Beichler, Charles Daughton, $201.60; Emma Stump, Charles Edwards Family, $325.50; Melissa Grimmel, Giant Rock Spring, $816.75; Maggie Holloway, Dr. Andrew and Kim Holloway, $759; Rachel Wakefield, Henry Holloway, $366.30; Taylor Dawson, Family of Robert Hooper, $648; Chelsea Dawson, Family of Robert Hooper, $625; Katie Stump, The Kelly Group, $441; Ned Maxwell, Bryan and Kathy Kelly, $257.50; Cassie Daney, Bryan and Kathy Kelly, $427; Kelly Foulk, Bryan and Kathy Kelly, $424; Emily Klein, Madonna Veterinary Clinic, $304.80; Amos Beichler, MidAtlantic Farm Credit, $297.60; Maddy Fraiji, Nelson Bus Company, $452; Amelia Beichler, Nutramax, $218.40; Maddy Fraiji, Ruff's Chance Farm, $302.40; Margaret Stump, The Mill Bel Air, $479.70; Brooke Rickey, Troyer Farms LLC, $277.20; and Anne Maxwell, Neil and Carol Helfrich, $378.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff writer | July 28, 1991
Amanda Gail "Mandy" Kent sets goals and eliminates any obstacles to achieving them.That determined philosophy has guided the 15-year-old Hampstead resident since she was born with spina bifida, a congenital defect usually resulting in partial paralysis."
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF | August 1, 2000
Jason Ridinger, 15, had the posture of a professional as he maneuvered through a maze of springs, around a curve and into a "shed" marked in the grass. The Taneytown teen-ager kept his head down, rested one arm on his leg and palmed the wheel of the riding mower he operated during the Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair's small engine and garden tractor contest yesterday morning at the Ag Center in Westminster. Ridinger was one of the lucky 4-H'ers who got to ride a mower. A 4-H edict has prevented juniors, age 8 to 11, from driving tractors last year.
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By June Kurtz and June Kurtz,Contributing writer | July 28, 1991
it's a simple word, but a fitting description of a Bachman's Valley family that makes 4-H activities a group affair.All three children -- 16-year-old Ashley, 12-year-old Mac and 11-year-old Ross -- are members of the Carroll County 4-H Horticulture Club and the Pleasant Valley 4-H club. Each has a myriad of fair entries, ranging from topiaries to rockets to dairy goats.Alice W. Bair, 41, is a horticulture project leader in the two clubs. And Gehrie A. Bair, 40, provides moral support and helps out where he can."
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | August 2, 2002
The bidding starts at $1,000. Hands fly into the air and the crowd grows louder, urged on by a group of kids clapping and hollering from the side of the pavilion. The stakes are raised: $1,100, $1,200, $1,300, and it isn't long before the auctioneer is calling for a figure approaching $3,000. "Don't be afraid to get right in there," auctioneer Nevin Tasto shouts. "It's for a real good cause." He's talking about the Carroll County 4-H and Future Farmers of America Fair. But the money isn't being thrown down for champion steers or blue-ribbon hogs.
NEWS
April 27, 1993
The following is a listing of the results of the Carroll County 4-H Demonstration Day competitions, on April 10:* Foods/nutrition/meat or meat product: Blue -- junior -- Chrissy Spurrier, Lucky Clovers 4-H Club; Sara H. Zimmerman, Cheetah's 4-H Club.* Foods/nutrition/fruits: Champion (team) -- junior -- Tamyra Robrecht, Carroll Clovers 4-H and Fashion Trends 4-H, and Amy Davidson, Carroll Clovers 4-H and Fashion Trends 4-H.Champion (individual) -- senior -- Amy Gesell, Food, Fun & Fitness 4-H Club.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | August 2, 1992
Six county 4-H'ers will attend the National 4-H Congress in Chicago in December, where their record books will be matched against others from across the country.The six young women were winners at the state level for the work they did on their record books, which are detailed accounts of the accomplishments they've made in a certain project area.The winners are:* Ashley Bair, 17, of Westminster, for gardening.Miss Bair said she has taught many workshops on gardening and participated in horticulture judging competitions.
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By Sandy Alexander and Sandy Alexander,Special To The Sun | August 3, 2008
Dairy cattle are not natural show-offs. Getting one to follow you around a show ring, stop on command, stand still and keep its head up takes some convincing and a lot of practice sessions, as more than a dozen county youths learned this summer in preparation for the Howard County Fair. "It's hard work," said Shannon Jones, 10, of Sykesville. "Different days they have different personalities." Dairy cattle were once plentiful in Howard County and at the annual fair, which runs this weekend through Saturday.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Sun reporter | September 30, 2007
The Carroll County 4-H program has started an environmentally friendly fundraiser that offers citizens another option for recycling some of their wastepaper. With help from the county government, which is again pushing the recycling concept through single-stream recycling, 4-H has placed 12 marked bins around the county to collect several types of paper. Leeann Boyce, a 4-H educator, said she saw one of the bins in Silver Run and called about it. The project started with one bin, which is green and bright yellow with a "Local Fundraiser" sign on it, at the Carroll County Agriculture Center in March.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,Special to The Sun | August 8, 2007
At the Howard County Fair, it seems as though every third person is sporting a bright-green 4-H T-shirt. Teens wearing the shirts are showing off their pigs and goats. Adults are keeping an eye on their children or hovering near the animal stalls. Though farms and farming families have declined over the decades in Howard County, the 4-H Club is alive and well. The county organization has about 650 members, a number that has stayed constant over the years, said Sheryl Burdette, the 4-H extension coordinator.
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By Arin Gencer and Arin Gencer,Sun Reporter | July 22, 2007
Before Matthew Hoffman even tested his robot in the competition arena set up in a meeting room at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, he ran into a problem. No matter what the 10-year-old pressed on the control in his hands, the machine he had constructed and programmed, with his father's help, wouldn't budge. A quick peek in the back of the box he held revealed the trouble. "The battery's not in," he said, turning to exchange the control for the correct -- and fully equipped -- one. Matthew tried again.
NEWS
June 24, 2007
Dairy council to meet Wednesday The Maryland Dairy Industry Oversight and Advisory Council will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Frederick County Board of Education Conference Room, 33 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick. The agenda includes a discussion of the effect of neighboring states' price controls on Maryland's milk industry and a Question-and-answer session with Alan Barr, Office of the Attorney General, Anti-Trust Division. Information: 410-841-5775 or 410-767-8431. Contest honors grandparents The Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair will hold its Grandparent Essay Contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade for this year's annual fair.
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By LAURA MCCANDLISH and LAURA MCCANDLISH,SUN REPORTER | July 30, 2006
After owning and driving school buses for 35 years, Charlene Johns needed a change. A move to a Westminster-area farm offered a less-stressful way of life, but what would she raise? Once she touched the mop-topped, downy creatures at a fair last fall, she was sold. Alpacas. Now she owns 33 and breeds them all. "They're just adorable," said Johns, 53, who had tried to raise a few pigs, goats and steer. "Once you go alpaca, there's nothing else." Johns' two grandsons and other area kids form the Alpaca Posse, which just started training on the farm in mid-April.
NEWS
June 19, 2005
The Baltimore County 4-H program will sponsor five free baby-sitting workshops this summer. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. June 23 and 30, July 21, and Aug. 5 and 19 at the Baltimore County Extension Office, 1840 York Road, Suite J, Timonium. Each class is limited to 20. Participants should pack a lunch. Maryland law requires that someone must be at least age 13 to care for younger children. Participants must be 13 within two weeks of the date of a class. Registration: Extension Office at 410-666-1025.
NEWS
April 17, 2005
County 4-H to hold lunch, fund-raiser and auctions Carroll County 4-H will hold a fund-raiser luncheon and live and silent auctions May 1 at the Gamber Fire Hall, Route 32 and Niner Road. The luncheon will begin at 12:30 p.m. and feature ham, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, desserts and beverages. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 12, and free for younger than age 6. Tickets are available in advance at the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Office on Smith Avenue in Westminster.
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By ELLIE BAUBLITZ and ELLIE BAUBLITZ,SUN REPORTER | July 23, 2006
Carroll County's first fair started 109 years ago as a picnic at Otterdale School, south of Taneytown. The day began with the Taneytown municipal and school bands marching to the grove, where there was a prayer and music, and lunch was served. Held with the goal of educating farmers, the picnic featured afternoon speakers from the Maryland Agricultural Institute, arranged by the Coppersville Farmers Club. A 200-page book, published in 1997 for the centennial celebration, recounts the fair's first 100 years - its growth and growing pains, its highs and lows, and stories from members.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2005
Nearly 500 bidders drove the price of a loaf of bread up to $110. An excavating contractor paid $3,000 for a cake judged grand champion. Colorfully iced replicas of a farm, a tractor and popular cartoon characters each sold for close to $300. The annual cake auction at the Carroll County 4-H FFA Fair sparks lively bidding among friendly competitors, high prices willingly paid for prize-winning baked goods and smiles all around from contestants eager to show off their culinary creativity.
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