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OSU Extension plays important role in community Staff | Beacon COSHOCTON COUNTY – OSU Extension has impacted the lives of thousands of community members throughout its 100 years in Coshocton County. Th rough its various programs, OSU Extension has reached and educated people from all walks of life, whether it’s children and teens through the 4-H program, aspiring gardeners through the Master Gardener program, or improving local business through their community development program. “I was in 4-H for, I don’t know how many years,” said Alice Moore. “I didn’t have an agriculture project be- cause at that time, we had an animal but no way to haul it to the fair. I took a huge variety of home economics and nutrition projects.” Moore was an advisor for more than 30 years for the BonAVale Club, which has since disbanded. She has her degree in home economics education and also worked as an extension agent. At one time, Moore and her husband milked 250 cows on their dairy farm, but due to her husband’s disabil- ity, Moore and her family sold the cows and since her husband’s passing, her son raises corn, beans, and hay. Th ey also have 100 beef cattle and sheep. She said they have always had sheep on the farm. “It’s been a huge part of my life,” she said about OSU Extension. “After I had a family, I didn’t work much after that, only when they needed me. One summer, I worked when they didn’t have a 4-H agent. I paid for a girl to attend 4-H camp that year and she babysat my kids for me while we were at camp. My kids got an early start at camp while they were in preschool.” “I’m so proud of the young people we have and 4-H has always been about projects and learning, but the big thing is about leadership. I like to say we have blue ribbon prizes, but we also have blue ribbon kids.” - Alice Moore Contributed Royal Homemakers Club. Helen Rodehaver, Mrs. Clyde Reiss, Donna Rae Young, Nancy Lowe Lonsinger, Martha Young. “I’m so proud of the young people we have and 4-H has always been about projects and learning, but the big thing is about leadership,” she said. “I like to say we have blue ribbon prizes, but we also have blue ribbon kids.” Lorene Schonauer remembers being a part of the homemakers club. She was also an offi cer for the Keene Happy Neighbor Extension. “Several years ago, when my children were young, I was in a homemakers club and we would have projects from the extension,” she said. “We met once a month, had home council and met with the home agent who was Catherine Howard at the time. She was really good to work with and had an outgoing personality. We would go over our goals and took them back to our homemak- ers meeting.” She also remembers having a covered dish dinner once a year with members of the diff erent extension clubs. Martha Young was part of a homemakers club that started in the late 1950s. “Nancy Lonsinger asked if I’d help and I said yes,” Young said. “She took it by the horns and got it setup. JONATHAN IANNIELLO Moore said that her daughter still shows cows at the fair each year and her family is still very much involved Agent in agriculture. C O N G R AT U L AT I O N S 139 South 3rd Street Ste. A Coshocton, OH 43812 ON YOUR ANNIVERSARY! When we formed the group, Grace Kelly got married so we named ourselves the Royal Homemakers. I found the club to be very interesting. It was for all ages and a way for younger ladies who moved into the community to get to know their neighbors.” She remembers learning many things from the meet- ings including how to line garments and make draper- ies. “Th e older ones had done things like this a lot, but they were able to be a help to us younger ones,” Young said. “It was also nice that we could take our kids with us. We met at diff erent people’s houses, had a good time togeth- er and learned something while we were at it.” Her club lasted into the 1990s, but faded away as the members’ children got involved in school activities and some started working outside the home. Th ey did however, get together to celebrate the 35th anniversary of “Country Women” magazine. “Th ere were six of us still around,” Young said. “We had a birthday party and I took pictures and sent them in to the magazine. I was so surprised when we all ended up in the magazine. I would meet people on the street and they would say, I saw you in the magazine.” Young was also involved with extension as a 4-H leader. “Extension is great,” she said. “Th ere are so many self-determined 4-H projects now that there is some- thing for everyone. We are really proud of our extension leaders too. Th ey have knowledge about Coshocton and know what to expect and what is needed.” Bob Buxton has also been heavily involved in 4-H. He lives on a 300-acre farm and said that OSU Extension has always been a part of his life. “Th e extension has always been a part of our lives starting with 4-H and as I got older, with the programs they off er,” he said. “All of their programs have been helpful to all of us in agriculture. Extension has been very important to those in agriculture over the years.” Buxton has been a 4-H advisor for 54 years. He is cur- rently advisor of the Mohawk Valley 4-H club. “Th e biggest change in 4-H is it used to be the boys club and the girls club,” he said. “Now, it’s the 4-H youth taking any projects they want. Boys are taking cooking projects and girls are taking livestock projects.” Buxton’s passion for agriculture runs in the family. His grandmother, mother, father, sister, and brother were all 4-H advisors, as well as his wife. “It’s been a family aff air,” said Buxton. “I consider it a payback to give kids the same opportunities I had.” Congratulations on 100 Years OSU Extension! 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