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April 11, 2008

Gaston County 4-H club strives to help others

Gaston County 4-H club

One of the favorite projects of the Gaston County 4-H Explorers Kids Care Club has been helping people with Special Needs through the Special Olympics Spring Games, through the Special Olympics basketball team and Camp Seratoma, a five-week camp for teens and adults. The club loves to work with the special needs population. They have learned that people with special needs may be different in some ways, but they are also like them in many ways. One can see the big impact it has had on one member in the above quote. The impact the club has made on the community can be clearly seen in all of their projects.

Janet Haynes, facilitator, started the club because she wanted to work with youth and help them see that they can make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. The 20 youth members, ages 5 to 18 years, have been very busy making a difference and developing relationships with people in need for the past four years.

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Posted by Natalie at 02:19 PM

April 10, 2008

Currituck County opens new Extension center

ribbon cutting photo
Margaret Painter, sister of Elizabeth P. Sanderlin, was present to cut the ribbon and open the Sanderlin Auditorium to the public.

A large crowd of residents, elected officials, county staff and invited guests enjoyed a behind-the-scenes look at Currituck County's new Cooperative Extension Center during the facility's "Grand Opening Celebration" on Monday, April 7.

Extension Director Rodney Sawyer Jr. presided over a dual ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the main Extension building and the Elizabeth P. Sanderlin Auditorium. The $6.6 million facility was completed in March.

During the initial ribbon cutting, County Commissioners Barry Nelms, Owen Etheridge, Gene Gregory and Janet Taylor joined Cooperative Extension officials to officially open the center. Immediately afterwards, Sawyer introduced a special guest to dedicate the Sanderlin Auditorium.

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Posted by Natalie at 02:16 PM

April 04, 2008

Water conservation tips from Cooperative Extension

Tune in this weekend to hear Cooperative Extension's own Mitch Woodward of Wake County discuss how to conserve water during dry conditions and how to make the most of limited water supplies in your lawn and garden. Join Woodward and Bruce Ferrell, host of the North Carolina Report, this weekend at stations across the state. If there's not a signal near you, the show will be posted for one week on the same Web page that lists the affiliate stations.

Posted by Natalie at 03:57 PM