Some applause for youth, events

I am amazed and delighted at the way the youth of our area take an interest in doing things to help others.

Take the situation with Amanda Boring, daughter of Dave and Julie Boring, a member of the Country Friends 4-H Club. She performed duties around the Boring home to earn an allowance that her mother assumed would be used to go shopping at her favorite store, Justice, after she amassed $50.

But no, she had taken part in a Play Date program at the Fort Steuben Mall, where young people made a pillowcase in interesting prints to go to either a sick child, someone going through dialysis or to assure a World War II vet he was not forgotten.

It was from there she got the idea to use her money to buy fabric in a patriotic print and donate it to the Amazing Grace Pillowcase Ministry, founded by Mary Albaugh.

When a call came to donate military pillowcases to World War II veterans at the Jefferson County Veterans Memorial Day program, Amanda came along to pass them out.

When making the presentation to Art Panepucci, 94, former Dillonvale American Legion commander and county veterans member, a veteran who had been injured in World War II, the look on his face said it all. He was very touched, as was Amanda who received more than $50 in pleasure through doing something for others.

Relatives, from those in strollers, to pre-teen and teens, mothers and grandmothers, came out for the Brightway Center Hope in Motion walk/run in support of Josephine Omaits, who is in remission from colon cancer.

They walked the required 3-mile course on a chilly-rainy day to show support for the great lady.

Yvonne Fair died this past March but lives on in wonderful memory to those who knew and loved her. She was named Ohio Association of Community Colleges Distinguished Alumnus for 2015, nominated by former EGCC President Laura Meeks.

Along with serving in volunteer fire departments in New Alexandria, Mingo Junction, Brilliant, Toronto and Neffs as an EMT, aide at Maplewood Manor and student youth adviser for the Jefferson County Farm Bureau through the years, she was given two years to live from a cancer that kept returning.

Yvonne continued to work toward a college degree at Eastern Gateway Community and graduated posthumously in May.

Other activities during her time of illness were to teach cardiopulmonary resuscitation at Belmont Tech and area nursing homes, serve with the Brilliant American Legion and attend Brilliant Christian Church.

She was a member of the Air Force until she received a medical discharge in 2011.

Although often in pain, she kept going with a smile on her face. I am proud to have known her for about 15 years.

The Harrison County Fair is gearing up for six days of 4-H and FFA programs, projects and livestock production starting Monday and let us hope the rain is gone by that time.

“Building Our Future” is the fair theme, and it truly has been a time of building, with the new market hog and goat barn and livestock arena now standing proudly in place of one of the oldest structures on the grounds.

The county agricultural society has every reason to be proud of its accomplishments in raising $300,000 to fund the structure. More was needed for the water and electric, a vital part in taking care of the 4-H, FFA and open class livestock.

Several years ago, it was the Dairy Producers who rebuilt a concession stand where their milkshakes and soft ice cream cones were sold. On the other side, the 4-H committee sells the popular taco in a bag, sandwiches, breakfast, snacks and cold drinks.

The fair is small, but it packs much hard work and dedication into every inch of the grounds. Many 4-H and FFA members have helped in this end.

I like programs the 4-H puts on. One year, it was dedicated to senior citizens, and residents of Gables Care Center arrived by van for some music of their generation and food.

I remember a year when queen candidates rode up to the stage in a large pumpkin carriage. I can’t remember how it was moved but think the king candidates did the pulling. This was the brainchild of Julie Robinson when she was 4-H educator.

For those who see Scott Campbell do crazy stunts on television to advertise his M&M Hardware business, try to image him in a green velvet robe and a crown on his head. That was his attire while serving as Harrison County Junior Fair king. The title is a big deal, and I know he worked hard to gain it.

Doug Caldwell and the dairy association make useful baskets that go for bid in the livestock auction. Some go as high as $1,200, purchased from Roni Caldwell, Germano Community member, in her last year of 4-H.

There are all types of cheese, sour cream, butter, ice cream cones, ice cream certificates, chocolate bars, canned whipped cream, homemade caramels, fudge topping, household items, jewelry and food products. This is piled into useful containers, sometimes a basket, an old-fashioned milk container, tool box or homemade magazine rack.

This is done because 4-H and FFA members taking dairy projects don’t put their milk cows up for auction. This is a way for them to earn money, like those selling their market animals.

The livestock sale brought high prices last year. A pen of three market rabbits brought $1,350, up from $500 in 2013. Judge Matt Puskarich made the purchase and commented, “I have purchased rabbits before but never at that price.”

For those not getting a bid near $400, Lois Wright made donations to raise sales up to $400. This included five members who were happy with Wright’s generosity.

Grand champion market broilers sold for $2,000 to Darrin Young of D&E Electric and Mike Toland of Toland Trucking. Much higher than previous years. There will not be poultry this year because of the Ohio Department of Agriculture declaring that all birds be banned due to the possibility of a virus.

Those taking poultry projects will be allowed to compete in the showmanship classes without the bird.

The Puskarich Library has a children’s program on the last day of the fair. In 2013, it was about learning how to milk a cow and other farm duties. Children loved this. There is another program this year too. The librarian is a former 4-H member.