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More than Grades

Young people need more than good grades  to become successful adults and Currituck 4-H can help. In a recent article in the Washington Post, clear indications are given that good grades in school will not completely prepare a young person for the workplace. There are many skills that young people must possess to be successful, both in school and in the workplace; youth development professionals call these “life skills”. These skills include being able to meet new people and have successful interactions with them. In particular, kids need to have some public speaking skills. An individual’s ability to articulate and present himself to a group of people goes a long way. Being able to defend one’s beliefs is a skill young people will need for the rest of their lives. Parents, you can have your kids write a speech and present it aloud to others. They need to practice making eye contact, breathing and speaking slowly. 4-H can help with that! 4-H in North Carolina sponsors a public speaking contest each year. Each county submits entries to the District competition; winners advance to the state competition in July. This year, the District 4-H Public Speaking competition, known as District Activity Day, will be held on May 30 in Franklin County (Louisburg). Transportation will be provided for participants through the county 4-H office. Any youth, ages 5-18 are eligible to participate. Youth must register through the county 4-H office, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC no later than April 23, 2014. Staff is available to assist. For more information, contact Currituck County 4-H, 232-2262.

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the power of youth

More than Grades

Young people need more than good grades  to become successful adults and Currituck 4-H can help. In a recent article in the Washington Post, clear indications are given that good grades in school will not completely prepare a young person for the workplace. There are many skills that young people must possess to be successful, both in school and in the workplace; youth development professionals call these “life skills”. These skills include being able to meet new people and have successful interactions with them. In particular, kids need to have some public speaking skills. An individual’s ability to articulate and present himself to a group of people goes a long way. Being able to defend one’s beliefs is a skill young people will need for the rest of their lives. Parents, you can have your kids write a speech and present it aloud to others. They need to practice making eye contact, breathing and speaking slowly. 4-H can help with that! 4-H in North Carolina sponsors a public speaking contest each year. Each county submits entries to the District competition; winners advance to the state competition in July. This year, the District 4-H Public Speaking competition, known as District Activity Day, will be held on May 30 in Franklin County (Louisburg). Transportation will be provided for participants through the county 4-H office. Any youth, ages 5-18 are eligible to participate. Youth must register through the county 4-H office, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC no later than April 23, 2014. Staff is available to assist. For more information, contact Currituck County 4-H, 232-2262.

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“Volunteer 4
Youth”

The Currituck Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development program has a goal of engaging more of the county’s youth population in life skill development over the next three years. To reach this goal, 4-H is seeking caring volunteers to join us in supporting Currituck’s 4-H youth. 4-H is the largest youth development program in the state, with a long history of providing enjoyable and meaningful educational opportunities that can become the foundation for a lifetime of success. Across the state, 4-H programs provide young people with opportunities to explore new interests, gain new knowledge, enhance their expertise and discover their passion while teaching valuable life skills that prepare them for the future. Available to young people between ages 5 and 19, 4-H programs offer real-world learning experiences and leadership opportunities that enhance a young person’s educational success and inspire community engagement. With more than 240,000 4-H members across the state, none of this would be possible without the help of volunteers who have a passion for educating and encouraging today’s youth. These volunteers are the core of a successful 4-H model; they provide guidance for 4-H members and serve as positive adult role models for the youth with whom they interact. These same volunteers help 4-H members learn critical life skills and direct youth toward a future as engaged and contributing members of our state. Helping build leadership potential in our young people is a win for all. Expected to launch in early January, the Currituck 4-H campaign, “Volunteer 4 Youth” has the goals of informing citizens about the ways adults can volunteer with 4-H and recruiting 100 new volunteers by the end of the year. Key components of the campaign efforts include: recruitment videos, open house for citizens, social media ads, news articles and radio spots. Businesses who would like to support this campaign should contact the local 4-H Agent. Keep an eye out for campaign materials coming to your community, and don’t hesitate to get involved yourself! For more information about becoming a volunteer or Currituck 4-H in general, visit http://currituck.ces.ncsu.edu.

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Currituck County
Earns 2014 Jones Award

Currituck County is one of five local governments nationwide to receive a 2014 Walter B. Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Coastal Ocean Resource Management. These awards are given every two years by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) This award was in response to the Currituck Goes Green initiative, established in 2009 as a partnership that includes NC Cooperative Extension, North Carolina Sea Grant, North Carolina State University, East Carolina University, North Carolina Coastal Federation, the University of North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute and members of the community. The initiative has hosted water quality fairs, rain garden and wetlands restoration demonstrations, and workshops with topics including rain barrels, wildlife gardens and green development Please click on the following link, http://www.co.currituck.nc.us/news-home-ten.cfm, for more information about this prestigious award.

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NC Cooperative Extension Service

Faces of Agriculture

Ninety-eight percent of farms are family farms. Here are just a few of the family farms operating in the Albemarle Region of Northeast North Carolina. Cooperative Extension assists these and others with research-based information you can trust. http://youtu.be/Ot_XyGZ6EQI

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Home Orchards -
Winter Chores

You may not be thinking about those fresh peaches and plums, but preparations made now can ensure a bountiful and quality harvest later.  If you have fruit trees, mid-winter is the time to begin preparing to perform two important chores in your home orchard. Now is the time to plan and prepare to prune and apply dormant oil to fruit trees while they are still in dormancy. Pruning: Pruning and training fruit trees is one of the most important chores that needs to be performed to ensure the health and life of the tree, as well as the fruit quality.  Most fruit trees need some pruning and training – even from the first year they are planted.  A good time to prune home orchards in northeast North Carolina would be around mid-February to early March, after most of the severe cold weather has passed. The trees will still be dormant and the possibility of any cold damage occurring to fresh pruning cuts will not be a concern. Tools for pruning should include lopping shears, hand pruners and a pruning saw. They should be sharp to make clean pruning cuts.  As pruning and methods of training fruit trees species can be different, the Cooperative Extension Guide is a vital resource, go.ncsu.edu/pruning-fruit-trees Application of Dormant Oil: Dormant oil may be one of the most important sprays applied to fruit trees.  All fruit trees may not require the application of dormant oil, but it is a good practice and benefit for the home orchard.  Although classified as an insecticide dormant oil, a refined petroleum product, has been used for over a century in commercial orchards and is one of the least toxic sprays a homeowner will use.  When applied, dormant oil acts by coating over-wintering insects, mainly mites and scale hiding in the cracks and crevices of bark, with a suffocating layer of oil.  This oil spray will suppress, but not totally control these insects. Most likely, along with other insects, you may need to apply other controls later in the growing season. As with pruning, dormant oil sprays should be applied around late February to early March while the trees are dormant and the buds have not swelled.  The dormant spray should thoroughly cover the entire tree and be applied when the temperatures are above freezing (40-45°F) for at least period of 24 hours.  This should be done preferably when there is no possibility of rain.  Dormant oils are readily available at garden centers.  One should follow all label directions for the product being used. If you need more information on the care of a home orchard, please contact the Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension, 232-2262.

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Northeast North Carolina Daffodil Society Spring Meeting

Spring Daffodil Membership Meeting and Artistic Design Class Co-Sponsored by North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center and the Currituck County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Theme:           “Preparing for the 2015 Daffodil Show” Date:   MORE »

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Community Health Assessment Listening Session

Albemarle Regional Health Services (ARHS) and their community partners, including North Carolina Cooperative Extension, are preparing for the 2016 Community Health Assessment. The Community Health Assessment provides valuable information to identify the health MORE »

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Master Gardener of the Year

North Carolina Cooperative Extension would like to congratulate Kerie O’Toole as the 2014 Currituck Master Gardener Volunteer of the Year. Kerie has only been a Master Gardener for two years. In the short MORE »

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Eat Smart Move More Weigh Less popular

Are you looking for a way to stick to your New Year’s Resolution this year? The Currituck County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will be offering a 15 week weight management program MORE »

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Master Gardener Volunteer Training Class

Master Gardeners are members of the local community who enjoy learning, gardening and volunteering. Master Gardeners receive intensive training from their local Cooperative Extension center. In return, they volunteer to help Extension staff MORE »

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Staff MeetingMon Jan 26, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM— Tomorrow
FCS Staff ConferenceMon Jan 26, 2015
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM— Tomorrow
Soybean FestivalTue Jan 27 - Tue Jan 27, 2015 - ALL DAY— 2 days away
Master Gardener Volunteer Training ClassTue Jan 27, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917
— 2 days away
Annual Soybean Festival Tue Jan 27, 2015
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Where:
Kermit White Center, Elizabeth City State University
— 3 days away
Soybean Production MeetingWed Jan 28, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension, 120 Community Way, Barco, NC 27917
— 4 days away
Eat Smart Move More Weigh LessThu Jan 29, 2015
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM— 5 days away
4-H Staff ConferenceFri Jan 30, 2015
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM— 5 days away
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