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									Family Newsletter                                                                                                                  129 Morris Turnpike
Fall 2010                                                                                                                            Newton, NJ 07860                                                                                                                   (973) 948-3040                                                                                                                   FAX: (973) 948-5582

October 16                 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

October 23                 Halloween Happenings

October 24                 Equine Educational Extravaganza

October 30                 Halloween Parade (Branchville)

November 1                 4-H Blood Drive

November 3                 Tricky Tray Meeting

November 13                Festival of Trees

November 20                Wreath Pick Up

November 20                Middlesex County Rabbit, Cavy, Small Animal, Herpetology, and Poultry Show

November 27                Holiday Parade, Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce

January 1                  New Member Registration Deadline

January 8                  NJ 4-H Goat Extravaganza

February 4                 4-H Public Presentation Registration Deadline

February 11-13             Winter Camp

March 11-13                North Jersey Teen Conference

March 26                   NJ Junior Breeder & Young Farmer Symposium

April 2-7                  National 4-H Conference

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Saturday, October 23, 5:00-8:00 p.m
Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp, Branchville (Struble Road off Route 206)

Halloween Happenings is back! Please join us for an evening of fun-filled activities
including pumpkin painting, face painting, a child friendly haunted hay ride, and
trick-or-treating along a torch-lit trail!

You and your club are invited to volunteer, too! If you’re able to coordinate a
Halloween-themed craft activity or bake Halloween treats, these would be great
additions. We also need help setting up, parking, and cleaning up. If you have
other ideas for participation, just let us know.

(4-H clubs also adopt cabins to decorate. This year all cabins have already been reserved. Sorry!)

Please encourage families to join us! There is no cost for this event. The event is open to all; you don’t have to be
in 4-H. Bring along friends who may be interested in 4-H. The more the merrier!

Please call Michelle in the 4-H office for more information, 973-948-3040.

Sunday, October 24

The Gloucester County Trail Riders 4-H club is hosting an Equine Educational Extravaganza at the Gloucester
County 4-H Fairgrounds in Mullica Hill, NJ. The event is free and open to the public and will run from 9:00 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Lectures include Equine Nutrition, Saddle Fitting, Equine Internal Parasites, Tools of the Trade & How to
Pull at Shoe, and The Visual Horse.

For more information, please contact Hilary at or Donna at 856-464-8700.

Saturday, October 30

The Branchville Businessmens Association will host a Halloween parade beginning at 6:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Wallace Butler at 862-268-6005.

Monday, November 1, 2:00-7:00 p.m., RCE Office (Frankford Township)

This year we are partnering with the Sussex County Chapter of the American Red Cross at the Rutgers Cooperative
Extension office (127 Morris Turnpike, Frankford Township). 4-H members who are sixteen years of age may
donate with a signed parental consent form (available at the 4-H office). Seventeen- and eighteen-year-old-

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members may donate as adults. As always we are calling upon our older 4-H members as well as adult volunteers
                             and leaders for help!

                                 Last year the 4-H Blood Drive collected 30 pints of blood. Our goal is to beat this
                                 record--but to do that we need your help! Every two seconds someone in the
                                 United States is in need of blood. New Jersey is in desperate need of blood donors
                                 to keep our communities safe and healthy. Please consider donating.
                                 Appointments are strongly recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome!

                                To schedule an appointment to donate you can visit and
                                find our drive to schedule online or call Abby at 973-948-3040! Please feel free to
call Abby with any questions regarding eligibility to donate or the donation process.

November 13

The Sussex County Farm & Horse Show Foundation is sponsoring its second Festival of Trees fundraiser on
November 13. The New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers Association has donated 25 live trees (3 feet high and
potted) to the auction. Decorating the tree can be done at home or in the Conservatory. If you are interested in
decorating one of the trees, please visit or call 973-903-1742. The festival will be held in
the Conservatory at the Sussex County Fairgrounds and the auction begins at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 20

Middlesex County 4-H Small Animal Council is hosting a fall rabbit, cavy, small animal, herpetology and poultry
show at the Middlesex County 4-H Center. This event is open to all 4-H members. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, please contact Dennis Miller at 732-634-4622 or Fred Offenburger at 732-398-1815.

Saturday, November 27

Mark your calendars! The annual Newton Greater Chamber of Commerce holiday parade is scheduled for
Saturday, November 27 (the Saturday following Thanksgiving). More information will be forthcoming. Information
will also be available by calling the Greater Newton Chamber of Commerce at 973-300-0433 or by e-mail at

Saturday, January 8

Save the date for the sixth annual New Jersey 4-H Goat Extravaganza! This event is scheduled for Saturday, January
8 with a snow date of January 15 and will include a goat poster contest, goat skill-a-thon, goat art contest, goat
jeopardy, and an ice cream social with prizes! More information will be forthcoming.

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February 11-13

Planning for the 2011 Winter Camp is under way. Sussex County attends camp with Union, Essex, and Hunterdon
Counties. Teens have a blast making new friends and playing winter games. Winter camp is attended by Sussex
County 4-H Teen Council members, but is open to all teenage 4-H members.

March 11-13

The 2011 NJTC conference theme is “Survival of the Fittest”
and is tentatively scheduled to be held at the Clinton
Holiday Inn. Sussex County is responsible for co-chairing
the Saturday evening dinner/dance. There will be an NJTC
planning meeting on Sunday, November 7 at the Morris
County 4-H office. Workshop ideas for the NJTC conference
include It’s Only Life – resuming writing, your finances,
interview skills, college survival, dress for success, first
aid/CPR, time management, fitness and cooking skills; Go
on an Adventure – international travel, camping/outdoor skills, music from other countries, cultures/anime; and
Can You Survive?- car repair, conflict resolution, karate/self defense, surviving a zombie attack, and McGyver basic

Saturday, March 26

Hold the date for the New Jersey Junior Breeder and Young Farmer Symposium! This event will be held at Cook
College, Rutgers University and is sponsored in part by Farm Credit and Northeast AgEnhancement.

For more information, please contact Lynn Mathews at 609-984-4389 or email

April 2-7

It is time for New Jersey to begin the delegate selection process for the 2011 National 4-H Conference. The
conference will take place at the National 4-H Youth Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. National 4-H Conference is
a special meeting hosted by USDA. The purpose of the conference is to bring together youth and adults to help
with strategic planning for the 4-H program nationally. The event is attended by approximately 350 young people
from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Applicants must be enrolled in grades 10-12 as of September 2010,
they must be at least 15 years old, complete an application, and attend a personal interview. Applications are due
to the Sussex County 4-H office no later than Friday, October 22. Interviews are scheduled for November 20.

The application can be downloaded at The
cost of the trip will be approximately $400.00. Letters were sent to eligible 4-H members in September. This is an
excellent opportunity, and we hope that you encourage your eligible 4-H members to apply!

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Sussex Shepherds have been very active in the community this summer. They took lambs and sheep to Camp
Auxilium as well as Skylands Child Care Center and the Lafayette Federated Church. A nice article appeared in the
New Jersey Herald on May 30 with pictures of Rachael Zeberl and Doug Agne showing a lamb to the youngsters at
Camp Auxilium.


The SC Capricians 4-H goat club worked with the Samaritan Inn to sponsor a family in need to a day at the fair.
Summer Blossoms, 4-H Teen Council, and the Sussex Squealers got on board with the Capricians and also
sponsored families for a day at the fair! In total six adults and nine children attended the fair thanks to the
generosity of four 4-H clubs! Donations covered the families’ fair admission and food vouchers. The Knights of
Columbus were kind enough to match the food vouchers with additional contributions.

Other clubs are invited to join the Capricians in this effort next year. Those interested should contact Alice Sensale


Shelton’s Shooters members kept busy this summer. Two leaders and two senior members became certified
shooting sports instructors in the rifle and shotgun disciplines. They did a roadside clean up for Wantage Township
in July and assisted with a benefit dinner hosted by the Colesville Fire Company. Several members attended
summer camp at the Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp for pirate week. Five members gave their presentations in the
Shotwell Building during the fair and three volunteered to be Clover. Most recently, the members of Shelton’s
Shooters held their annual yearend meeting and handed out Certificates of Appreciation to Jim Tavares, 4-H Camp
Director, and the Sandyston Firehouse as well as Helpful Parent awards to Rachel Tremain and Steve French. They
elected new officers for the upcoming project year and are all looking forward to decorating a cabin for Halloween
Happenings and helping to haunt the hayride!


Summer Blossoms 4-H gardening club has a new home at the fairgrounds. Their gardens moved behind the farm
fun building. A dedication of the new gardens and ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Sunday, August 8.
Castners Sawmill, Dave Wright, Three Seasons, Louise Vanderhaeghen, and Mark Musilli donated their time and


Congratulations to the Awesome Alpaca Adventurers club on their first year participating in the fair! The alpacas
were a very popular attraction for many fairgoers. Club leaders Mike and Natalie Burger and club member Grace
Honigsberg joined Mark Musilli (fair manager) and Donna Traylor (Sussex County Tourism) for an appearance on
The Today Show prior to the opening of the fair.

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                                  The members of the 4-H Sharpshooters shooting sports club had an eventful
                                  year! Sixteen new members focused on archery and riflery while the four
                                  returning members started shotgun and also refined their archery and riflery
                                  skills. They participated in a 4-H camp clean up, wrote letters to veterans in a
                                  hospital, and conducted a litter cleanup, as well as assisting the YMCA with their
                                  riflery program. All members gave club-level public presentations. Some
                                  members participated in the state postal competition while several members
                                  participated in the state competition. Leaders and parents from the club ran the
                                  individual riflery station at the State Invitational Match last May. They ran the
                                  Crossman shooting booth at the fair this year and will also be running it during
                                  the New Jersey Wild Outdoors Expo this fall.


Welcome to our newest 4-H club, Trapline Trackers. Members of this club will learn about the traditions of tracking
and trapping wildlife. Through outdoor experiences members will increase their knowledge of local forests,
wildlife, and ecology. For more information, please contact 4-H leader Tim Timchak at 862-268-3004 or by e-mail

We would also like to welcome the Fun Stuff 4-H club. Leader Desiree Gray has lots planned for this new group
including, sewing, cooking, crafts, model making, and more!

Many clubs including Trapline Trackers, Adventure Bound, Kitty Katz Kids, Merry-Go-Riders, and Dogs & Paws are
looking for new members! If you know of anyone who is interested in joining 4-H, please have them call the 4-H
office at 973-948-3040!


Levi Gibbs and Zach Freeborn were recognized in the New Jersey Herald for their participation in the FFA Spring
Career Development Event which was held at Rutgers University. Gibbs and Freeborn competed in the New Jersey
FFA Agricultural Mechanics Competition. The team took second overall and Freeborn took third individually and
Gibbs took fourth.

Laura Cariati recently represented Sussex County at the 2010 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) national 4-H
event (July 11-17). The conference took place at the 4-H National Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Cariati was among 24 teens from New Jersey selected to attend this event. CWF provides opportunities for teens
from across the nation to participate in activities designed to help them become active, responsible citizens and

Joey Mitchell, from I Spy Science, participated in the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s Junior Solar
Sprints ( The car that Mitchell’s team built won second place for
Best Use of Recycled Materials and third place for Documentation Portfolio.

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                                    The annual New Jersey State 4-H Championship Horse Show was held at the
                                    end of August. Participants from Sussex County included Kaela Denno, Nicole
                                    Jacobsen, Samantha Elliott, and Lauren Sanders.

                                    Kaela Denno placed eighth in Junior English Showmanship, tenth in Junior
                                    English Pleasure Stock Type Horse, ninth in Junior Western Showmanship &
                                    Grooming, seventh in Junior Western Horsemanship, and fifth in Junior
                                    Western Trail.

                                      Nicole Jacobsen placed sixth in English Halter, fourth in Senior English Please
                                      Stock Type Horse, fourth in Senior Western Showmanship & Grooming, third in
Western Halter Geldings, fifth in Senior Western Horsemanship, sixth in Senior Western Riding, second and third in
Reining, and first and fifth in Senior Western Trail.

Samantha Elliott placed seventh in Junior English Please Stock Type Horse, second in Junior Western Showmanship
& Grooming, sixth in Junior Western Pleasure Horse, and fourth in Junior Western Horsemanship.

Lauren Sanders placed sixth in Working Hunter Horse, fourth in Handy Working Hunter Horse, sixth in Senior
Western Showmanship & Grooming, and eighth in Senior Western Horsemanship.

Congratulations to all!

4-H National Archery Competition (postal match)

Sussex County Sharpshooters participated in the 4-H National Archery Competition Postal Match. Participants
included Wyatt Bohmann, Jennifer Natoli, Clifford Rutter, Timothy Straway, Daniel Hennighan, Kristin Ware,
Chris Pierson, Dylan Thatcher, John Matthews, Matt Wisniewski, and Christian Fragomeni.


Junior Division (9-10) – Timothy Straway placed ninth, Daniel Hennighan placed tenth, and Kristin Ware placed

Intermediate Division (11-13) – Wyatt Bohmann placed nineteenth, Jennifer Natoli placed twenty-first, and
Clifford Rutter placed twenty-second.

Senior Division (14-19) – Chris Pierson placed third, Dylan Thatcher placed fourth, and John Matthews placed


Senior Division (14-19) – Matt Wisniewski placed first.

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Senior Division (14-19) – Matt Wisniewski placed first.


Junior Division (9-10) – Christian Fragomeni placed second.

Congratulations to all who participated!




Name                     Club(s)                                College Attending

Lindsey McKee            Chaps & Breeches                       University of Alabama

Zach Freeborn            SC Milkmakers                          Delaware Valley College

Chelsea Sullivan         Kicken’ Chickens and Summer Blossoms   Sussex County Community College

Stacie Armstrong         4-H Teen Council and Stitch-n-Rip      Albright College

Kaitlin Smith            Chaps & Breeches                       Dean College

Justin Mazur             Bit by Bit                             County College of Morris

Caitlin Vogel            Breeders & Feeders                     Ramapo College

Raechel Eddy             All Star Rabbits                       Montclair State University

Beth Ann Larson          Chaps & Breeches                       Rowan University

Laura Fontana            Breeders & Feeders                     Sussex County Community College

Jennifer Hough           SC Milkmakers                          Sussex County Community College

Melissa McKee            Chaps & Breeches                       University of Alabama

Nicole Jacobsen          Bit by Bit                             County College of Morris

Bridget Stewart          Love on a Leash and Summer Blossoms    Delaware Valley College

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Name                      Club(s)                                     College Attending

Bridget Stewart           Love on a Leash and Summer Blossoms         Delaware Valley College


Name                      Club(s)                                     College Attending

Stacie Armstrong          4-H Teen Council and Stitch-n-Rip           Albright College

Jon Sayre                 4-H Teen Council                            College of New Jersey, Ewing

Kevin Porter              4-H Teen Council                            Virginia Tech


Chelsea Sullivan (Kicken’ Chickens and Summer Blossoms) has been chosen to represent Sussex County as our Ag
Ambassador. She will compete in a statewide contest. Congratulations to Chelsea! We know she will do a great job
representing agriculture in Sussex County.


Kristen Fisher (Chaps & Breeches) has been selected to represent New Jersey in the presentations competition at
the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-Up competition (November 5-7) in Lexington, Kentucky. She will be
competing in the Public Speaking division with her formal speech on Equine Alternative Remedies titled Does It
Really Work?.

We congratulate Kristen on having been chosen, commend her for her hard work in preparation, and wish her the
best in this national competition!


4-H sewing clubs held their annual fashion show on June 9. 4-H members showed their sewing skills by modeling
the garments they had made. All garments shown in the fashion show were judged for
construction and appearance of the garment on the model.

Emily Kazmierski, Alison Masson, Laura Masson, and Teresa Toriello were selected for the 4-H
Honor Court. The Honor Court is selected from 4-H sewing club members who are age 13 and
over who have made a complete outfit such as a dress or prom dress, suit or coat that shows
advanced sewing skills. Those in the Honor Court received high excellent scores on construction
and appearance of the garment on the girl. The 4-H Fashion Show winner was selected from the
honor court. Teresa Toriello was chosen as this year’s 4-H Fashion Show Winner.

During the Fashion Show, participants were judged for their modeling skills. Girls were placed in

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three levels by age. A winner and alternate were chosen for each level. The winner for Level 1 was Julia Pettenger,
alternate was Mikaela Shadwell. The winner for Level 2 was Emily Fisher and the alternate was Mindy Steiger. The
winner for Level 3 was Kim Katzenstein and the alternate was Laura Masson.


50/50 RAFFLE

The summer 50/50 raffle was a tremendous success! Thank you to all the families who sold their book of tickets!
Thank you as well to all who sold additional tickets including Eva Gould, Loretta Krol, Tim Straway, Dan
Hennighan, Candy Church, John Chanas, and Rick Nelson. The winner (Donna White from Newton) received
$2,950.00. This was our largest 50/50 to date! We are now only $20,000 away from paying off the Shotwell

November 26 to December 23

Modell’s Sporting Goods of Newton, Rockaway, and Middletown will be providing us with team week coupons. The
coupon entitles the bearer to a 15% off discount with our 4-H program receiving 5% of the total purchase. We
have done very well with this fundraiser in the past. Coupons will be available at the 4-H office in the beginning of
November. Coupons may be distributed to local schools, sports teams, friends, and family!


Please continue to drop off your old ink cartridges to be recycled at the 4-H office! This environmental initiative
has been very successful and to date we have recycled over 200 ink cartridges! You can also drop off your old cell
phones, too!



National 4-H Council is please to announce its partnership with Tractor Supply Company. Tractor Supply Company
(TSC) will provide support to 4-H nationally and locally through various retail fundraising events and offer special
discounts and other opportunities to 4-H’ers. Some of these events will include:

         4-H Memory Contest—win a TSC gift card by submitting your favorite 4-H memory

         Out Here with Animals—October 2 to kick off 4-H week

         Fall Paper Clover Promotion—November 5-14

         TSC Reusable Bags—in stores now!

For more information about the TSC and 4-H programming, please visit our local Tractor Supply Company stores in
Blairstown and Sussex.

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If you are interested in applying for a 2010-11 Junior Breeder Loan, please contact Debra Moscatiello, Technical
Assistant, Agriculture, at 609-984-8265. The Junior Breeder loan program is a great program for young adults
already participating in 4-H or FFA to acquire livestock via a low-interest livestock loan.



Clover the 4-H Rover says thanks to all the 4-H members who brought him to life during the fair this year: Jessie
Johnstone, Derek Torres, Bill Demarest from Shelton’s Shooters, Beth Ann Larson from Chaps & Breeches,
Theresa Wilson from Krafty Krafters, and Brian Flaherty from Newton Robotics.


Congratulations to those elected to represent their 4-H club at the fair!

Sheep                            Doug Agne

Rabbit                           Rachel Lawrick

Horse                            Katie Wall

Beef                             Tiffany Redding

Poultry                          Chelsea Sullivan

Goat                             Tommy Sensale

Swine                            Matt DePiano

Dairy                            Kyleigh Little

4-H Round Robin Winners were Michelle Schafer for the Senior Division and Nicholas DePiano in the Junior
Division. Both are members of the Capricians 4-H Goat Club. They will each receive $100.00 US Savings Bonds from
the Sussex County 4-H Foundation.

4-H Best of the Best Awards are given to 4-H members whose fair projects represent the best accomplishments by
a 4-H member in a specific area. Awardees receive an engraved silver plate commemorating their achievement.
This year’s winners include:

         Teresa Toriello – Clothing & Needlecraft                     Newton Robotics (accepted by Brian
                                                                        Flaherty, Horyreh Uddin, and Hamza Uddin)
         Tim Mitchell – Crafts & Hobbies                               – Construction Engineering

         Mackenzie Hyland – Food & Nutrition                          Molly Pershouse – Nature

         Laura Masson – Art & Photography

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Thank You to the members of the Newton Robotics club and the Shelton’s Shooters 4-H club for assisting with the
Shotwell Building set up! We had enough people that set up was done in about two hours!

We also want to thank all of the volunteers who helped us break down and store all of our displays for next year.
Many hands make light work!


Thanks to everyone who volunteered at this year’s fair. Your efforts help make ours the largest (longest!) and most
successful of all the fairs in New Jersey! Some highlights of what you accomplished:


The money made at the Agricultural Division’s Food Booth helps to support agricultural activities at the fair. It is
the largest fundraising effort for the Agricultural Division of the fair each year. This year, of the 40 total shifts in the
food booth, 4-H members, parents and leaders helped with more than half of all the shifts (20 !) prepping food,
cleaning tables, or lending a hand wherever needed.

Thanks to the following clubs who volunteered for shifts. (If we missed your club, please let us know!)

        All Star Rabbits                                                  Furry Friends

        Four Seasons                                                      4-H Teen Council

        Wantage Hustlers                                                  Awesome Alpaca Adventurers

        SC Milkmakers                                                     SC Capricians

        Chaps & Breeches                                                  Sussex Squealers

        Bit by Bit                                                        Hands on Learning

        Four Legged Friends
Some clubs and a number of 4-H members returned to work extra shifts whenever they had time. We especially
appreciate their volunteering!

CeCe Pattison, Debbie Guidi (manager) and Allison McDermott (assistant manager) who coordinate the volunteer-
run food booth thank everyone for their dedication and help!


Sussex County 4-H clubs donated 317 pounds of food to the NORWESCAP Food Bank
and collected $210 in cash. For each dollar donated 14 pounds of food may be
bought. Combining the cash value and food, 3,257 pounds of food was collected to
support the food bank!

This was an outstanding effort! Thanks to everybody who contributed this year and
thank you to Susan Murray-Flaherty for leading this effort.

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