Jane Esau News Column

For the latest 4-H news in Gage County from Jane Esau, 4-H Coordinator

University of Nebraska Extension
Jane Esau, Gage County 4-H
February 9, 2018   


4-H and Chocolate are Sweet
        4-H members, parents, volunteers, alumni, and community supporters are sweet during valentine’s month and all year through.  What else is sweet? Chocolate - and it’s that time of year.

            What can chocolate do for you?  Eaten in moderation, chocolate may be good for our health.  Chocolate can make us feel good.  Dark chocolate can expand the arteries and increase blood flow, and may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.  Some of its ingredients stimulate the brain’s pleasure center. Choose your favorite, eat it slowly, add some sparkle to your meal, and savor the flavor!  Go ahead: consume your 11.7 pounds of chocolate this year; it’s a tasty job!

            What can 4-H do for you?  4-H is youth learning leadership, citizenship and life skills, lead by caring  families and volunteers.  4-H challenges youth to grow character.  4-H strengthens and grows families.  February is a great time to join 4-H, volunteer as a leader, or get your business or organization on board as a 4-H sponsor.  Contact the Extension Office.  Online 4-H enrollment deadline is May 1.   4-H and chocolate are sweet, 365 days a year.

Celebrate President’s Day
        My favorite quotes by one of the greatest, Abraham Lincoln... “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be... I will prepare and someday my chance will come...  The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend... Whatever you are, be a good one... You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today... No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar... If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?... I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him...  In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

UNL Red Letter Days
        Experience life at UNL.  High school seniors, learn about UNL and visit the campus  - February 16, 23, March 9, 16, April 2, or 27.  Pre-registration required.

Summer Camping
         All kids are invited to join in the fun and learning at 4-H camps this summer, Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna, and State 4-H Camp, Halsey. Kids Need Camp! Compare these figures: in a typical week's time... 51 minutes spent outdoors by the average kid and 623 minutes at the computer. At a week of summer camp, a child spends 3,600 minutes outdoors and 0 minutes watching TV, talking on a cell phone or playing video games.  Pick up the 2018 brochure at the Extension Office. Registration discount prior to April 15. Kids will come home with new friends, confidence, leadership, outdoor skills, and a lifetime of memories.

            Summer is coming and there's nothing like 4-H Camp Renegade, June 19-20, a     one-night outdoor experience for 8-10 year olds at Camp Jefferson near Fairbury; 4-H enrollment not required. Camper registrations due June 12; fee: $40.00.  Camp Counselors, 4-H teens ages 14-18, lead the sessions and work with the campers. Applications due May 1.

Gage County Fair & Expo
        Come Home to the Gage County Fair, July 25-29, visit with friends and neighbors, bring your kids back, exhibit your best homemade, homegrown exhibits.   Get involved, as an exhibitor, 4-H or FFA family, organization or business sponsor, or volunteer.  4-H features the best homegrown kids, hometown values, and homemade talent.   

            The Gage County Fair is an important part of our history since 1871 and the tradition grows.    We’re looking for 4-H alumni, community businesses and organizations to network in support of our outstanding 4-H and FFA participants.  Contact the Extension Office,    402-223-1384Home is the place you grow up wanting to leave - and grow old wanting to come back to.  Come home to the Gage County Fair!

Quote of Note:   “They say if you become a better person, you’ll have a better life.”  – Charlie Brown