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Vol. 1 - No. 5

August 31, 2001

Current Events

Tree Care Workshop: Cutting-edge information will be available at a Tree Care Issues workshop on September 5 at the Oklahoma Botanical Garden and Arboretum Educational Building. The information presented during the workshop will be geared toward tree care issues that will keep the green industry professionals apprised of the latest industry practices. Contact Mike Schnelle at 405-744-5405 for more information.

Cut Flower Workshop: Gardening enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn more about becoming entrepreneurs in the specialty cut flower industry at a workshop on September 25 at the Wes Watkins Center for International Trade Development at Stillwater. The workshop is sponsored by OSU’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

Announcements

Help Still Needed: The 4-H exhibits are being displayed in the Made in Oklahoma Building this year. Due to the high traffic flow in this new area, Oklahoma State Fair officials have asked that representatives of Extension be in the building at all times. An "OKC Fair Exhibit Form" requesting assistance has been emailed to all Extension staff. Volunteers are needed for various time frames. Please contact Tracy Branch at 405-744-8888 if you can help out!

Extension Calendar Has Been Moved: The Extension Calendar has been moved to a new location. You can now access it at http://calendar.okstate.edu. Please bookmark this new location to make it easier to post your events and activities. Be sure to leave the username blank. The password is events.

Tulsa State Fair Construction: Construction on the Tulsa State Fairgrounds may lead to some confusion for livestock exhibitors. Sheep will be housed in the new Barn C. Cattle and hogs will be stalled in the same location as last year. Traffic will not be allowed on the south side of the cattle barns. The north side slope has been filled and hard surfaced in order for trailers to back in to unload. Parking lot No. 6 (north of the cattle barns) will not be available this year. If you are bringing both cattle and hogs on the same trailer, put the hogs in the back of the trailer so they can be unloaded first. Contact Sherman Grubb, Creek County Extension office, 918-224-2192, for more information.

Award Winners: Three members of the Extension family were recognized as award winner during the 86th Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents meeting. Jody House, Johnston County Extension Educator, Agriculture/4-H, received the Achievement Award. Nathan Anderson, Payne County Extension Director, and Greg Highfill, Area Extension Livestock Specialist, were the recipients of the Distinguished Service Award.

 

Richardson Selected: Debbie Richardson, Assistant Extension Specialist, has been selected to serve a two-year term on the Healthy Families America State Leaders Advisory Committee. Convened by Prevent Child Abuse America and composed of 14 members from across the country, the committee's mission is to serve as a resource and sounding board for issues related to the development of state systems of Healthy Families home visitation services for new parents. Richardson also has been selected to serve as secretary on the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences' Council for Accreditation.

Funding Received: Cooperative Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences, has successfully obtained FY 2002 funding for several community-based programs. Contracts in the amount of $615,089 were approved by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the Office of Child Abuse Prevention, to continue the Healthy Families programs in Canadian, Delaware, Muskogee, Pottawatomie, and Texas counties. These five programs provide education and support for new parents. During FY 2001, they collectively served 268 families with 330 children, providing over 2,386 home visits and 124 parent education and support groups.

More Funding: The Promoting Safe and Stable Families, Teen Pregnancy Prevention program in Muskogee County, was awarded continued funding in the amount of $52,190 by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. During FY 2001, 188 programs were presented reaching 3,837 youth as well as 66 programs to the community. Since the program was initiated in 1999, the teen birth rate in Muskogee County has significantly declined.

It’s a Girl: Congratulations to Lisa Hamblin, Oklahoma County Extension Educator, and her husband, Dale, on the birth of their first child. Caroline Page was born June 28, weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 19 ¼ inches long.

Condolences to: Barbara J. Case, Extension Sr. Secretary, Woods County, on the death of her mother, Mabel I. Howe, who passed away June 16. Funeral services were held June 21st at Hanston, KS.

Condolences to: Genia Glenn, Jackson County Extension secretary, on the death of her father, Mickey Shriver. Services were held August 1 at the Thomas Street Church of Christ in Altus.

Condolences to: Janie Marrow, Oklahoma County Extension Educator, on the death of her mother, Goldie Crouch, who died August 17. Services were held August 21 at the First Presbyterian Church at Walters.

Personnel Actions: 

 APPOINTMENT

Cindy S. Conner, Ext. Educator, 4-H, Garfield County, 8-6-01

Nikita D. Coe, Specialist – 50% FTE, Ag Ed, Comm, & 4-H, 8-15-01

SEPARATION

Patricia D Durfey, Coordinator, Special Programs & Promotions, 4-H, 8-15-01

Coming Events

September 5: Tree Care Issues Workshop (Stillwater)

September 9-11: Public Policy Institute (Stillwater)

September 9: Illinois River Fair: River Cleanup and Watershed Event (Tahlequah)

September 12: Protecting Your Family, Community, and Environment in Southwest Oklahoma: Recycling and Solid Waste Management Issues and Programs (Lawton)

September 12: Oklahoma State Fair 4-H exhibits due (Oklahoma City)

September 12: Judging Day at the Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City)

September 14-30: Oklahoma State Fair (Oklahoma City)

September 25: Tulsa State Fair 4-H Entry and Judging Day (Tulsa)

September 25: OSU and Oklahoma Soybean Association Annual Soybean Field Day (Haskell)

September 25: Specialty Cut Flower Workshop (Stillwater)

September 27-October 7: Tulsa State Fair (Tulsa)

September 27: Fatherhood: Staying Involved in Children’s Lives (Oklahoma City)

September 27: Coping With Divorce (Oklahoma City)

September 30-October 4: NEAFCS Meeting (Portland, Oregon)

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