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Vol. 6 – No. 9
May 5, 2006



Musk Thistle Weevil Round-Up Time: Thanks to the success of the musk thistle management program over the past several years, we’re having a bit of trouble finding big enough thistle patches in the usual counties from which we can collect weevils. Currently, we have two confirmed weevil round-ups scheduled. The first will take place May 9 in Grant County. Participants will meet in the Lion’s Club Park in Nash at 9:30 a.m. and travel to the collecting site from there. The second round-up will take place May 11 in Alfalfa County. The group will meet at the mini-mart in Jet and leave for the collecting sites by 9:30am.  More information (including maps) can be found at http://ipm.okstate.edu/ipm/weeds/muskthistle.htm. One or two additional round-ups are possibly in the works for that week, so keep an eye on the Web site. For more information contact Pat Bolin at 405-744-9420, or by email at pat.bolin@okstate.edu.

Blaine County Celebrates: The Blaine County OSU Extension Office celebrated with the other courthouse offices with the Blaine County Courthouse Centennial on April 19. Re-dedication ceremonies for the courthouse took place and a new cornerstone was set by the Masons for the next 100 years. Tours of the courthouse and individual offices took place throughout the day. On display at the Extension office were Program Activity reports from as early as 1925. Major remodeling continues in the Blaine County Extension Office with an Open House slated May 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Roundtable Workshop on Rural Development: A roundtable workshop regarding rural development will take place May 18 in the Frye Auditorium at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Norman. This workshop will involve key individuals and organizations that have had an active involvement and interest in advancing rural development within the state of Oklahoma. The one-day roundtable session is being organized by the Southern Rural Development Center, in partnership with the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service. Partial funding for this event has been provided by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to promote dialogue, planning, and action among individuals and organizations committed to rural development efforts in the south. Additional information is available from Mike Woods at 405-744-9837 or mike.woods@okstate.edu.


Congratulations to: Kelli Barnett, Southwest District Administrative Assistant, on the birth of her grandson. Kyler Lee Akers was born April 23, weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and was 18 inches long.  Kyler's parents are Amber and Damon Akers of Temple, TX

Condolences to: Nancy Tucker, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and Interim CED, Pushmataha County, on the death of her mother-in-law. Lois Tucker passed away April 20. Funeral services took place April 22.

Condolences to: Marlene Buck, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, Garfield County, on the death of her father-in-law. Joe Buck passed away April 21.  Funeral services were held April 24 at the First Christian Church in Cherokee. Memorials may be made to the Circle of Love Hospice, Cherokee Manor Activity Fund, or the Cherokee Ambulance Fund.

Condolences to: Condolences to Rusty Gosz, State 4-H Youth Livestock Specialist, and wife Heather, on the death of his mother-in-law. Darci Boyd passed away on April 29. Services were held May 2 at the First Baptist Church in Stillwater.

Condolences to: Don Stotts, Interim Director/Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services, on the death of his grandfather. Donald Vance Stotts passed away May 1. Graveside services will take place May 10 in Pawhuska.

Good News

Mills Earns CTM: Gale Mills, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator, Washington County, recently earned her Certified Toastmasters Member designation. She currently serves the group as vice president of membership/public relations.




Friendly Employee: Donna Richard, Administrative Assistant, Ottawa County, was named "Friendliest Employee" by the Miami Chamber of Commerce.



Casey N. Russell, Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H Youth Development, Coal County, effective      4-28-06

Robert D. Elmore, Assistant Professor, Forestry, effective 5-15-06

Title Changes/Transfers

None to report


Lynda G. Burns, Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences/4-H Youth Development, and CED, Harmon County, effective 6-30-06


May 5: Cooperative Conversations (Online)

May 6: Northwest District Invitational Trap Shoot (Enid)

May 6: Northeast District Public Speaking Contest (Cherokee County)

May 6: Southeast District Shooting Sports Contest (Ada)

May 8-9: Eastern Oklahoma Joint In-Service Training (Lake Tenkiller)

May 12: Cooperative Conversations (Online)

May 12-13: Northeast District 4-H Horse Show (Claremore)

May 13: State 4-H Trap Shoot (El Reno)

May 19: Cooperative Conversations (Online)

May 23: State 4-H Project and Scholarship Interviews (Stillwater)

May 24-26: State 4-H Roundup (Stillwater)

May 26: Cooperative Conversations (Online)

June 1-2: CNEP/Healthy Families State In-Service (Stillwater)

June 2-4: Southwest District 4-H Horse Show (Chickasha)

June 3: Northwest District 4-H Horse Show (Woodward)

June 6-7: Oklahoma Youth Expo Dairy Show (Stillwater)

June 7-8: Child Development: 3-12 CORE (Stillwater)

June 10: Oklahoma Gardening Summer Gardenfest (Stillwater)

June 10: Lane Research and Extension Center Field Day (Lane)

June 14: Leadership Team Retreat (Stillwater)

June 15: Family Resiliency 2006-2010 Impact Team In-Service #2 (TBA)

June 22-24: State 4-H Horse Show (Enid)

June 22-July 2: Citizenship Washington Focus (Washington, D.C.)

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