4-H message seen around the county

WINTERSVILLE – Making the area conscious of the opportunities in 4-H was uppermost in the minds of the many 4-H members who recently decorated the windows of 23 businesses and organizations in Wintersville, Steubenville, Richmond, East Springfield, Tiltonsville, Smithfield, Harrisville and Bloomingdale.

“4-H is a World of Opportunity” was the theme of the Jefferson County clubs, taken from the state motto of the same thought. 4-H Week was celebrated last week.

The clubs were to tell of the opportunities in becoming a member of one of the clubs that offer projects and studies in carpentry, sewing, cooking, managing money, building planes, repairing engines and raising and caring for livestock and pets.

The top 10 windows in no particular order are:

– Dusty Boots at Crestview Veterinarian Clinic. One of the newest clubs, members have done many community projects and had pictures of their endeavors on the decorated window, including a picture of the certificate of Hayden Johnson who received the grand champion market poultry award at the Ohio State Fair.

– Purple Circle at the East Springfield Post Office. The colorful cut-out letters for the 4-H pledge were on the window, along with four members holding their hands on their heads and hearts, holding up hands for the hands segment or touching their chest for health, the four H’s of the organization.

– 43 Ramblers, Glenn Mills Senior and Community Center. The window art tells a story of a rainstorm, the sun coming out and then a rainbow as it leads to a pot of gold.

– Boots and Britches, Smithfield Hardware. With lettering in a lime color, the window portrays kids holding hands around a large globe of the world with the faces of actual members. Nurses, doctors and such had actual faces, too.

– Golden Horshoe, Petrozzi’s Florist, Smithfield. A realistic picture of a glove is featured on a blue background, Members’ pictures were the drivers of airplanes noting 4-H leads to leadership, friendship, camping and self-improvement.

– Country Kids, South Elementary School. Wooden dolls dressed as a doctor, farmer, military member and teacher show 4-H opportunities.

– Liberty Gals and Guys, Joe Corabi attorney. People from many nationalities are featured, as well as a rainbow with a pot of gold that could result in working hard.

– Cross Creek Tomahawks, Steubenville McDonald’s. Celebrities with an interest in 4-H were centered around a huge world. For instance, David Letterman featured a television show about “Clover Power.” Al Gore showed beef cattle. Johnny Carson learned many qualities of life from 4-H. Reba McIntire expressed her talent through 4-H.

– Ridge Hoppers, Center of Music and Art, Wintersville. There were paper chain links wrapped around a map of the world and characteristics learned from the organization.

Warren Ridge Wranglers, Serenity in Tiltonsville. Flags from all nations were made by members and placed around a globe showing continents.

Other clubs with decorations are the Backwoods Gang at the Loading Zone; Bits and Pieces at Jericho Cars; Blazing Saddles at Super C in Smithfield; Country Classics at NAPA in Wintersville; Country Rangers Club from the Richmond/Bloomingdale at Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District; Denim and Dust at U.S. Bank in Smithfield; Free Spirits at McBane Insurance in Wintersville; Friends and Neighbors at the Dove; Lassos and Lace at Meadowbrook Church; Lucky Leaf Livestock at Creative Carpet in Wintersville; Steubenville Spirits at Wintersville DiCarlos; Wildwood Critters at Oklok Insurance in Steubenville; and Windy Ridge at the Harrisville Fire Hall.