Penn State Extension Service Newsletter for the Week of March 19, 2018

Small Space Gardening Workshop – Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA. Learn techniques to plant your garden in a small area with less work. Registration fee is $10. To register, call 877-345-0691 or visit: Questions can be directed to the local Penn State Extension office at 717-263-9226. The public is welcome.

Master Gardener Victory Garden Series – Mondays, April 23 through September 24 – 9:00–11:00 a.m. Join the Master Gardeners to learn how to create your own “victory garden” from start to finish. Weekly class room instruction will be held in the basement of the Extension Office building followed by hands-on experience across the road in the horticulture gardens. Registration fee for the series: $50 per person. To register, please call 877-345-0691 or visit: Questions can be directed to the local Penn State Extension office at 717-263-9226. The public is welcome.

Herbs from the Garden to the Kitchen Workshop – Saturday, May 5, 2018 – 9:00-11:00 a.m. - Ag Heritage Building, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg, PA. Join us to learn many intresting and helpful facts regarding the usefulness of herbs in the landscape as well as in the kitchen. Registration fee is $10. To register, call 877-345-0691 or visit: Questions can be directed to the local Penn State Extension office at 717-263-9226. The public is welcome.

Franklin County 4-H Member Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

Submitted by Jess Kauffman, 4-H Program Assistant


Hannah Regal, Greencastle, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Franklin County 4-H nominated Hannah for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service with the 4-H Seeing Eye Puppy club.

Hannah states, “This award is proof that my love for service outweighs the illness I have been battling for over one third of my life. I’m proud to have served my club, my community, my country, and my world in the last two years. I look forward to continuing my work in service in the years to come.”

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students across America for outstanding volunteer service.

“The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities,” said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. “By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community.”

“Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate.”

Prudential Spirit of Community Award applications were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network. These schools and officially-designated local organizations nominated Local Honorees, Distinguished Finalists, and Certificate of Excellence recipients. Volunteer activities were judged on several criteria including personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

Franklin County 4-H Dairy Awards Banquet Held

Submitted by Jason Goetz, 4-H Extension Educator


The Franklin County 4-H Dairy Awards banquet was held Saturday, March 3, at the New Franklin Ruritan Community Center. This year’s recipient of the Outstanding First Year Member Award was Mason Fisher, St. Thomas, who is a member of the Western Dairy 4-H Club.

Four winners from each of the three 4-H Dairy Clubs were awarded for their outstanding project books. The winners from Eastern Dairy Club were: (Seniors) Hayden Reichard, Chambersburg and Skyler Reichard, Chambersburg, (Juniors) Rebekah Aldrich, Chambersburg, and Corey Kuhns, Chambersburg. Greencastle-Antrim Dairy Club winners were: (Seniors) Grace Crider, St. Thomas, and Megan Wingert, Chambersburg, (Juniors) Andrew Burkholder, Chambersburg, and Caden Hudson, Greencastle. From Western Dairy Club, the winners were: (Seniors) Brinton Cordell, St. Thomas, Andrew Trostle, Mercersburg, (Juniors) Raelynn Flannery, Mercersburg and Reese Burdette, Mercersburg.

Jason Goetz, 4-H Penn State Extension Educator, presented the awards as Megan Wingert, Chambersburg, served as Master of Ceremonies. Special guests for the evening included Kelli Woodring, 2017 Franklin County Dairy Princess and Caitlin Porter, 2017 Franklin County Fair Queen. Kristie Gregory represented First Community Bank of Mercersburg, a 4-H Dairy Council sponsor, and Dave Koons represented the 4-H Calf Sale Committee.  Andrea Repetz, president of the 4-H State Council gave a presentation on 4-H State Council program and what 4-H can do for you.

Penn State Extension is proud to recognize all of the Franklin County 4-H Dairy Club members on another successful year. If you have questions regarding any of the animals science 4-H programs offered through the Penn State Extension Franklin County office, please contact Jason Goetz at 717-263-9226 or

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