Purple ribbon success stories

Ashtyn Humphreys of Wymore received state 4-H approval for her Diamond Clover, level six service learning project. Level six is the highest level in the Diamond Clover program and requires more than 100 hours of service for completion. Ashtyn is carrying out a vertical gardening project in the Diller-Odell elementary classrooms, as well as a summer Gage County 4-H project.

Jetta Harvey of Beatrice was named Nebraska’s top high school youth volunteer in the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community awards, which is based solely on volunteer work.

Congratulations, Gage County 4-H

Two Gage County 4-H clubs celebrated milestones in 2018. Best Foot Forward was organized in 1958 and continues a wonderful tradition of learning and service after 60 years, and Three Gs 4-H Horse Club celebrates learning through their 50 years as a club.

Celebrate the good life in 4-H

4-H is the educational youth program of the University of Nebraska. 4-H grows happy, healthy kids and families by helping children learn important life skills while developing character, teamwork, responsibility, creativity, curiosity, respect, leadership and so much more. 4-H focuses on life skills, leadership and community service to prepare youth for college and life.

4-H members and families have been "making the best better" for more than 100 years. Hands-on experiences change peoples' lives, and they can change yours! Enrollment is open for children who are second grade students, all the way up to age 19. The fee is just $10 per year. Online enrollment is due on May 1 and can be found online at ne.4honline.com. Call 402-223-1384 or email jesau2@unl.edu for more information.

UNL Red Letter days

Experience life at UNL. High school seniors are invited to learn about UNL and visit the campus on March 9 or 16, as well as April 2 or 27. Pre-registration is required.

Summer camping

All kids are invited to join in the fun and learning at 4-H camps this summer at the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center in Gretna and the state 4-H camp in Halsey. Kids need camp!

Compare these figures: in a typical week's time, 51 minutes are spent outdoors by the average child while 623 minutes are spent at the computer. During a week of summer camp, a child spends 3,600 minutes outdoors and zero minutes watching TV, talking on a cell phone or playing video games.

Pick up the 2018 brochure at the Extension Office. Registration discounts are available prior to April 15. Kids will come home with new friends, as well as confidence, leadership and outdoor skills, and a lifetime of memories.

Summer is coming, and there's nothing like 4-H Camp Renegade, which will be held on June 19-20. It is a one-night outdoor experience for children ages 8-10 at Camp Jefferson near Fairbury. 4-H enrollment is not required to attend. Camper registrations are due by June 12 for a $40 fee. Camp counselors, 4-H teens ages 14-18, will lead the sessions and work with the campers. Applications are due May 1.

Spring nationals will open Beatrice Speedway season

Beatrice Speedway opens for the 2018 season with Spring Nationals from March 8-10. Support your local racers and enjoy the talents of drivers from across the country. Then support your local track at the Friday night races throughout the season. Visit the website at www.beatricespeedway.com.

Community invited to soup dinner this March

Rolling Hills 4-H Club invites you to a soup dinner on Sunday, March 11 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clatonia Community Center. Free will donations will be accepted, and funds will go to support Clatonia Cares and the Wilber-Clatonia Backpack Program.

Simple inspirations

“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” -- Sam Ewing.