WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Vermont 4-H dairy members competed in a series of dairy contests at Eastern States Exposition Sept. 12-15.
Ryanne Nadeau, of Derby, was named 4-H Dairy Queen of the Milky Weigh, an honor bestowed on the individual with the dairy animal that produces the most milk over the four days they are at the fair to compete.
The Vermont team took second in the clipping contest. In this timed competition, judges awarded points for preparation, teamwork, technique, the animal’s overall end appearance and the team’s ability to explain the steps they took and why they choose to fit their animal as they did. Members of this team were Abagail Carson, Newbury; Caroline Kirby, East Montpelier; and Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge.
Keenan also competed on Vermont’s Quiz Bowl team, which placed fifth. Other team members were Maya Jerose, Fairfield; Caleb Palazzo, Pomfret; and Tamara Tyminski, Wallingford. For individual scores, Maya was fourth overall and Caleb seventh in quiz bowl competition.
All dairy participants, including 30 Vermont 4-Hers, also took part in the general dairy knowledge contest. In the Senior Division (ages 15-17), three Vermonters finished near the top with Aislynn Farr, Richmond, coming in second; Caroline Kirby, East Montpelier, third; and Hillary Mitchell, Morrisville, fourth.
In addition, Vermont won the Raymond Huling 4-H Dairy Herdmanship Award, judged on criteria including overall appearance of their designated barn area; cleanliness of animals, stalls and storage area; stall decorations and presentation of information; and courteous attitude of delegates and willingness to interact with fair-goers to answer their questions.
Regional dairy show
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Thirty 4-H’ers represented University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H at the regional dairy show at Easter States Exposition Sept. 14-15.
Several fitting and showmanship classes for juniors (ages 12 to 14) and seniors (ages 15 to 18) were held. The top winner in each class competed for grand and reserve championships in their division. Hillary Mitchell, Morrisville, was named Reserve Senior Champion with Molly Callan, Enosburg Falls, earning Honorable Mention Senior Champion. Colby Simpson, Sutton, was named the Junior Champion.
4-H’ers placed as follows in their respective fitting and showing classes:
Seniors: Group A: Molly Callan, Enosburg Falls (first); Abigail Reen, Lincoln (second); Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge (third); Group B: Caroline Kirby, East Montpelier (first); Ellie Ramirez-Richer, Shelburne (second); Katie Blake, Sutton (sixth); Benjamin Boutin, Williston (seventh); Group C: Ryder Hoffman, East Montpelier (first); Courteney Simpson, Sutton (second); Averie Brown, East Montpelier (sixth). Group D: Julie Parent, St. Albans (first); Ryanne Nadeau, Derby (11th); Group E: Aislynn Farr, Richmond (third); Group F: Alissa Hill, Underhill (fourth); Brianna VanderWey (ninth) and Averi Salley (10th), both from Ferrisburgh; Group G: Hillary Mitchell, Morrisville (first); Abigail Armstrong, Granville, New York (sixth); Tamara Tyminski, Wallingford (seventh).
Juniors: Group A: Natalie Atkins, Lincoln (seventh); Group B: Erica Goodhue, Fairfield (first); Abagail Carson, Newbury (fifth); Sam Callan, Enosburg Falls (11th); Blakelee Hoffman, East Montpelier (12th); Haley Michaud, East Hardwick (13th); Group C: Colby Simpson, Sutton (first); Sarah Hill, New Haven (second); Elisabeth Crawford, Whiting (eighth); Group D: Nathan Parent, St. Albans (third); Group E: Carter Hoffman, East Montpelier (ninth).
In conformation, arranged according to age and breed of the animal, the focus is on the body condition and appearance of the animal. Placements for these classes were:
Ayrshire: Junior Champion, Reserve Grand Champion and Supreme Heifer Champion: Aislynn Farr, Richmond; Honorable Mention Junior Champion: Elisabeth Crawford, Whiting. Fall calf: Elisabeth Crawford, Whiting (first). Spring Calf: Sarah Hill, New Haven (first). Summer Yearling Heifer: Aislynn Farr, Richmond (first); Brianna VanderWey, Ferrisburgh (third).
Brown Swiss: Junior Champion and Reserve Grand Champion: Ellie Ramirez-Richer, Shelburne. Fall Calf: Alissa Hill, Underhill (third); Averi Salley, Ferrisburgh (fourth). Fall Yearling Heifer: Ellie Ramirez-Richer, Shelburne (first). Spring Yearling Heifer: Erica Goodhue, Fairfield (first). Winter Yearling Heifer: Keenan Thygesen, Tunbridge (first).
Holstein: Reserve Senior Champion and Grand Champion: Benjamin Boutin, Williston; Honorable Mention Senior Champion: Ryanne Nadeau, Derby; Reserve Junior Champion: Nathan Parent, St. Albans. Fall calf: Molly Callan, Enosburg Falls (second); Averie Brown, East Montpelier (third). Winter calf: Caroline Kirby, East Montpelier (first); Courteney Simpson, Sutton (second). Spring yearling heifer: Ryder Hoffman (first) and Carter Hoffman (second), both from East Montpelier; Katie Blake (third) and Colby Simpson (fourth), both from Sutton; Blakelee Hoffman, East Montpelier (fifth). Vermont swept the top five spots in a field of 10 entries in this highly competitive class. Summer yearling heifer: Nathan Parent, St. Albans (first); Sam Callan, Enosburg Falls (second). Winter yearling heifer: Julie Parent, St. Albans (second); Haley Michaud, East Hardwick (third). Three-year-old cow: Benjamin Boutin, Williston (first); Ryanne Nadeau, Derby (second).
Jersey: Junior Champion: Abigail Reen, Lincoln. Fall calf: Abagail Carson, Newbury (first); Hillary Mitchell, Morrisville (second). Winter calf: Tamara Tyminski, Wallingford (seventh). Summer yearling heifer: Abigail Reen, Lincoln (first). Fall yearling heifer: Natalie Atkins, Lincoln (second).
Milking Shorthorn: Spring calf: Abigail Armstrong, Granville, New York (second).
Awards also were given for the best state herd for each breed. Vermont took first place for its Ayrshire, Brown Swiss and Holstein herds and second for its Jersey herd.
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Thirty-eight University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H club members were selected to entertain, through action exhibits, stage presentations, a team demonstration, illustrated talk, fashion revue and smart shoppers, at Eastern States Exposition. Representing Vermont were:
Action Exhibits: How to Make Chicken Treats, Caspian Critters, Greensboro (Ryder Curavoo, Berlin; Emma Rowell, Natalie and Warren Hill, all from Greensboro); Lava Lamps, Eden Eagles, Eden (Emma Durand, Jenna Limlaw, Lillian Pastina, Justyse Perron, Hunter Thompson, all from Eden); Slyme Time, Leprechauns 4-H Club, Johnson (Jamien Lupien, Johnson; Luke and Ruth Vincelette, Lowell).
Demonstration (Team): Katey Stone and Jasmine Mooney, both from St. Johnsbury (Free Falling: Horse Diving).
Fashion Revue: Adam Messier, Braintree (onesie); Breanna Munger (top) and Samantha Senn (pants), both from Benson.
Illustrated Talk: Samantha Provost, Milton (Viking horses).
Smart Shoppers (modeling an outfit put together on a budget): Emily and Mariah Ingalls, Johnson.
Stage Presentations: Viola Brown, Vernon (flute selections); Annabel Carson, Windham (violin selections); Aden Cushman, Barre (saxophone solo); Ella Dubin, Northfield, Massachusetts (poetry recitation); Kassie Merriam, Eden Mills, and Isabella Sargent, Eden (gymnastics routine); Isabella Sargent, Eden (hip-hop dance); Alexis Taylor-Young, South Royalton (signing a song); Adeline White, Pittsford (singing).
The Flying Hooves 4-H Club, Colchester, also did a stage presentation, performing an original skit about Willy Wonka and his Candy Factory. Participants were Emma and Ruby Bates, Jillian and Tucker Murdough and Rosie Tylenda, all from Essex Junction; Summer Le, Sophia Schifilliti and Karmen Wilbur, all from Colchester; Alex Montgomery, Williston; and Addie Ploof, Westford.
In addition, Julia Desroches, Newport, and Laura Mount, Westfield, were selected to be stewards for 4-H dog show at Eastern States. Both are active in the dog project as members of the Underdogs 4-H Club in Newport.
A girl, Lucille Abigail Goodwin, was born July 19, 2019, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, to Kirstin and Benjamin Goodwin, of Williamstown.
SHELBURNE — Registration is open for the UVM Extension Master Gardener Program statewide annual conference, “Caring for People, Plants and Our Planet,” to be held 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Shelburne Museum’s Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, 6000 Shelburne Road in Shelburne.
Cost to attend in person is $70 ($60 for Master Gardeners) or watch the conference online for a $58 fee ($48 for Master Gardeners).
MONTPELIER — Tree stands get hunters out of sight and smell of wary deer, but they can also get hunters into trouble. Here are some Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to help stay safe and get the most out of your tree stand hunting experience:
Choose a live, straight tree.
Buy smart. Only use stands certified by the Treestand Manufacturers Association (TMA).
Inspect them each time you use them.
Know the rules. On state lands, it is illegal to place nails or other hardware into trees or to build permanent structures. On private lands, you must have landowner permission to erect a tree stand, cut or remove trees or other plants, or to cut limbs. All stands, including ground blinds, must be marked with the owner’s name and address.
Always wear a full-body safety harness, even for climbing. Most falls occur going up and down the tree and getting in and out of the stand.
Don’t go too high. The higher you go, the vital zone on a deer decreases, while the likelihood of a serious injury increases.
Never carry firearms or bows up and down trees. Always use a haul line to raise and lower all gear. Make sure your firearm is unloaded.
Familiarize yourself with your gear before you go. The morning of opening day is a poor time to put your safety belt on for the first time.
Be careful with long-term placement. Exposure can damage straps, ropes and attachment cords. Also, the stand’s stability can be compromised over time, as the tree grows.
For more information, visit www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/TreeStandSafety.pdf.
BARRE — Barre Elks Lodge #1535 together with Montpelier Elks Lodge #924 hosted their Annual First Responder Appreciation Night on Sept. 12, in conjunction with Patriotism Week. Twenty first responders representing Barre City, Plainfield, Marshfield and Berlin attended the turkey dinner. All departments were presented certificates of appreciation from the Elks. Fire Chief Doug Brent and Firefighter Jim Ward, both of Barre City, were honored for their 46 and 40 years of service; each received a gift certificate donated by Ladder One.
U.S. Air Force Airman Robert H. Nally graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Nally is the son of Matthew Nally, of Cabot, and a 2019 graduate of Cabot High School.