TWO IRONWOOD DAILY GLOBE - GOGEBIC COUNTY FAIR SUPPLEMENT FRIDAY, JULY 30, 19oS. Extension Office Serves County Residents in Many Ways Agents Issue Annual Report Of Activities Many services are available to county residents through the Gogebic County Extension Service, according to the annual report issued by Andrew F. Bednar, county extension director, and Miss Carolyn Crowell, county home economics extens i o n agent The report covers the year from July 1, 1964 to June 30, 1965 which is the office's 51st year of service to the county. Following is the report: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS Tlie County's Economy: "Extension Provides Leadership" With the opening of new iron mines In other parts of the nation and the world and with new technological processes both i" mining and in steel Production the deep shaft mines of Gogebic sponsored by the Gogebic Community College was assisted as Interests Are Bascially Agricul-l tural" ! An advisory board of farmers I follows: Planned original course,. . ., _ . . „, . , _~ , . i helps the County Extension Of- of study, furnished work i n g fice determine the needs and in- manual for each student, provided list of government and college reference material and new usable commercial material, held personal conferences with the administration and instructors on evaluating the program, assembled an evaluation questionnaire for students and employers. Grounds Maintenance Course A locally sponsored retraining program for ex-miners and under-employed adults. Twenty- eight adults ranging in age from 17 to 63 undertook and completed the course under the supervision oi the County Extension Director Course fee was only $5 because of the gratis contribution of Michigan State University Extension teaching personnel. Action Committee—For County Supported Community College Dr. Max Smith, M.S.U. Community College Consultant, completed his feasibility study on the proposed college. The , th°e »• jKi.a 1 '"sj-si" n ^i"*u ss^Sd^s,. ™, , ,. .. iirfiii I IVi.Q.U Kuiu.cuii'^ ciiiu *^uuii o t i n operation on the range Wit , , £ committee and the the passing of virgin tlmb e ; * res ponded with an over- tracts, the logging and sawmill i ^ h j ming % ote in favor of a industry has stagnated. Opportu- wneiming voce m lav01 01 a nities in agriculture, particularly dairying, have declined because passing 1nrvn-f»rr n *-i ^4 f n \\1 W\ i 11 ! whelming i county college. ! Development Of Human Re of oul-o"f-state competition, high i sources-"We Need Factual In cost of operation and low financial return to the farmer. formation' This was the theme of a series As job opportunities declined, '• of teaching sessions designed to population of the county dwin-1 acquaint and train community leaders with problems in education and problems of unemploy- dled from 24,370 to an estimated 22,000. Tn March 1965 unemployment was estimated at 13.2 per cent—a figure that has been quite consistent for the past four years. terests of the dairy industry and develops the program of action to be followed through the year. Through the cooperative efforts with other federal agenc i e s , such as the county Agricultural Stabilization and Conservati o n Committee (ASCS), the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), the Soil Conservation District (SCD), Farm and Home Administration (FHA. National Forest Service, and Area Redevelopment Administration (ARA), farmers are provided assistance in many ways. This includes; feed grain surplus programs, j federal cost sharing practices in soil and water conservation,; reforestation, farm loans and other services whi^h provide incentives and encouragement to remain on the farm. Circular letters anr' bulletins of timely information and results of new research are regularly sent to local farmers. In addition news articles are! prepared for the farm page of' the Ironwood Daily Globe, the! Extension News column of t h e I Bessemer Herald and occasional articles to the Wakefi e 1 d News. Twice weekly radio programs are aired over WJMS. The' news media throughout the range have been very cooper-; ative in granting time and space j for public information beyond! the regularly scheduled Exten-l sion allotment. i Rural and urban residents are! served in the field of agriculture. Phone calls, office calls, and letters on a host tof agricultural and related subjects are quickly, courteously and informative-! ment. Sixty adults which m-| ly taken f s n t t , M J clu f d Housewives, teachers and, lizer recommendations, s e e d = People, attended^ the j varieties, insects, insectici d e s „ „„„ ,„ ,„ sessions and passed along the in- Statistics showed that in 1963 I formation gained to *,he organiza- the effective buying income per tne y represented. At least pesticides, farm ponds, cash! crop potentials federal p r o grams, tourist potential, supplies, lawn and tree water prob- j household in the county w a s i 500 persons were , eventually ex$4.698. Out of 83 counties j n j posea to me piogiani. j lems, diseases, pruning, a n rij Michigan, this ranked Gogeb i c i Tourism— "Our New Life" rodent control are just a few ex-: County as 78th in the State. • Economic studies continued samples of the types of inquiries! The median income of fami- 1 emphasize that the area's future handled by the Extension office. lies in the county was recently j lies in tourism. With this con- As many clients of the office' listed a? $3,749 per family or | cept in mind efforts were ex- ; have put it, "I don't know where 67th in the State. The median i perided to promote the tourist! else I could go in the county to income of rural farm families i industry by conducting hospital- 1 get the information I need." was set at $2,832 or 75th in thejity clinics, "Know Your County! Farm Organizations— "We Ap- State. '""" This brief summary of Better" workshops, training of preicate Their Services' the waiters and waitresses publ i c | The Dairy Herd i ]pprovement county's economy makes it evl- meetings on the importance of, Association (DHIA) formed in dent why the County Extension i ferences with motel and resort 1920 continues to offer farmers office staff devoted a large part j operators^ a nid1 by supplying rec ord keeping service on milk production. The Artificial Breeders Associ-! ation (ABA), organized in 1947,; of its time to projects designed to stem the tide of the declining economy by participating in community, state and national programs County Planning Commissi on: "Our Brain Child" An agency created by the County Board of Supervisors in August 1961 under the leadership of the County Extens i o n offic, worked hard through out the year in the fields of tourism and recreation, transportation, agriculture, finance, forest r y , water and power resources, natural gas, education, industrial and community developm e n t, human resources and empl o y - ment, and mining and minerals. The possibilities of a County Health Department were studied and an official report submitted to the County Board of Supervisors, which recommended no action at this time because of lack of finances and questionable improvement of health services under such a setup. Projects under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 were submitted for all units of local government and county agencies in the hope of providing work, study and retraining opportunities. These efforts are now bearing fruit, some projects are under way and more are expected to be certified in the near future. A tourist-recreation survey was completed. Soon to be released will be factual informa- timely information on a host of subjects essential to the success of a tourist-recreational en- farm enterprises, promoted anr; en- office, reported successful operations—and there :s room for more such ventures. program of artifi-: cial insemination and the use' of semen from proven bulls to i produce high grade offspring, i The two maior s'a hills in the! Last year 969 animals w e r e aria w7re Assisted by providSg! ™ ae ? innthrough artificial ta ' ' 4-V. n «A .*.i4-l~ 4-;*-»Al*. iw^nHW* n4-; n « ~ .-. ! S" 111 1 II Cl ClOn . them with timely information on a variety of subjects as well asj surveying their customers and promoting the ski sport in general. One hundred thousand skiers patronized the *wo hills dur- The Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) continues to fight for better milk prices and better markets for its members. ing the past season. Public Affairs—"We Are Still Part Of A Great State And Nation" Cooperation was given President's Task Force and the Governor's Task Force sent to A new organization, the Na-! (N- 1 and, it too seeks to improve the econ-: omic status of the dairy farmer the j through collective bargaining. ', County Fair — "Show Window the county to study its economic plight and try to determine avenues for receovery. The U.S.D.A. in an official statement cited the local office for its efforts and contributions in Of Our Agriculture" The annual exposition was the major social, educational and recreational event pro-; moted by the County Fair Baord and Extension Commit- the interests of economic recov-itee of the County Board of Supery. ' | ervisors in cooperation with the A Public Relations Clinic was j C o u n t y Extension office o f promoted in the interests the Michigan Department Conservation in an effort help the public understand fish and wildlife program the Department. of [Michigan State University. Thei of | of fice prepared the premium,' to i list, provided the news articles the | and photos for the Daily Globe of, Fair Supplement, prepared the judges' listing sheets, secured; Office Statistics— Farm, firm and home calls, 1,675; office calls. 1,758; telephone calls, judges and clerks, and pro-j vided many other services es-i sential to such an event. 5,024; newspaper articles. 420; I Ideal \veather prevailed tion on just what and kind ofj radio broadcasts, 107; publica- throughout the Fair and at- accommodations Gogebic County, tions distributed. 10,131: circular! tracted 10,322 paid admissions. has to offer the touring public. A new updated County Recreational Map became a reality. letters written, 101; train! n g meets held, adult work, 17, youth work, 23; other meetings attend- Fifty thousand copies at a cost j ed, adult, 163, youth 92 of $2,400 were made available; Agriculture to the public. ' The Planning Commission assumed the responsibility to serve as the Action Committ e e to promote and act on projects submitted to state and fede r a 1 agencies under the Economic Opportunity Act. It is also part of the Small Business Development Committee (SBDC) newly created to act on loans to small businesses in the county. It provided the leadership and part of the personnel to serve on the Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency, Inc., which will direct programs and activities under Title II of the E O. A (Community Acti o n Program). | Other activities of the Com-j mission included cooperat ion; with Go-Inc. in the promotion of! new Industry, a study of senior citizens' housing projects, lake Inventory survey, cooperat 1 o n with the Upper Peninsula Committee on Area Progress (UP- CAP), and promotion of an "Opportunities Outdoors" workshop. Gofebic Community College— And Our Cooperative Endeavors" Cooks and Bakers School A federal retraining program I Although agriculture is regarded as-declining in the county, this is only true in regard to the number of dairy farmers and the number of milk cows that remain. With better farm management practices, modern technology an:! better milk producing animals, it takes fewer farmers to meet the consumers' needs. Milk production on the range today exceeds that of 20 years ago when we had more Four hundred seventy-three in-, d i v i d u a 1 s made entries and • earned $4,792.50 in pre m i u m awards. The annual exposition gave farmers, home gardeners, homemakers, 4-H Club Me m - bers and other youth an o p - j portunity to exhibit their live-! stock or other ware and achievements and also to engage in friendly competition, as well as have their exhibits evaluated by competent "outside" judges. Demonstration Plots —"Herein Lies the Truth" Demonstration plots, long a teaching and research technique in Extension to determine were made available to interested parties and are on file i at the Extension office. , Milk Sales Clinic —"An I m • portant Link" In an effort to promote better and increased sales of milk, a special training clinic for milk plant employees, route drivers and employers was conducted. Forty-one attended the session, which was the third annual one oi its kind. Noticeable resu 11 s assure continuance of this educational program. 4-H CLUB WORK AND OTHER YOUTH Objectives of 4-H Although it is more graphic to show accomplishments of a 4-H Program through projects completed, it is important to realize that this is only a portion of the reason for 4-H. The boy and girl in growing up must learn the democratic way o f living, which is the underlying thread of being a participant in a business meeting; evaluating a project; completing a job agreed upon; sharing the use of a piece of equipment. Volunteer Leaders —"Backbone of 4-H Program" Adults willing to give of their time and talents to young people as 4-H leaders make a 4-H Program possible. Sixty- five men and women worked with 648 boys and girls in their 45 local clubs during the winter and s u m m e r and at county events. Planning the scope of a project and evaluating the p r o - gress with each member, teaching the value of record keeping, and training members t o give demonstrations are some of the teaching techniques used. Chib Officers Trained The training of local 4-H Club officers was combined with the presentation of county awards to outstanding members. Over one hundred boys and girls learned how to be better leaders in their club, as well as see and hear about some of the already accomplished members. Clothing: and Handicraft Featured Selection, construction and how to wear your clothes was the most popular 4-H project. Two hundred thirty-two girls and boys modeled in Dress Revue with 376 other 4-H'ers exhibiting knitting, food, electricity, conservation, and other projects. One hundred twenty- six boys learned carpentry skills in handicraft. Over 1,150 people came to view these accomplishments at district Achievement Days in Ironwood, Wakefield, Marenisco and the county Achievement program at the Ironwood theatre. Local leaders and other adults served as judges to evaluate the projects exhibited and conduct the a c companying program. Dur i n g the summer 33 members cared for gardens in addition to food, dairy, photography and horses. Older Youth Development Discussions on career o p - portunities and parent-teen r e- iations, leading a club of younger members, clerking a t Achievement Days and county fair, all give youth valuable experiences. These were some of the responsibilities and interests of the 52 youth enrolled in 4-H Service Club. Seven youth and an adult advisor presented a two-hour live radio program on W. J. M. S. during Michigan Week. It i n eluded youth presentations o f job and scholarship opportunities, historical facts and r e - creational activities available. Outdoor Education Being in an area where living outdoors four seasons of the year is both work and play, young people need to be aware of the ways to take full a d vantage of the opportunities. For personal enjoyment, as well as serving the tourist industry, a variety of 4-H activities has given 4-H'ers experiences. Outdoor meals, camp fire safety, ski instruction with emphasis on control, winter sports day, exchange of used equipment, wild flower study, a n d conservation have all contributed toward a broader knowledge of the outdoors. The annual 4-H Club Encampment ai; the Gogebic Extension Camp provided 49 youth with pleasant outdoor experi - ences for a four-day period at a cost of just S6.00 per person. Other 4-H Activities Club members participated in the County Fair, exhibited at the U. P. S t a t,e Fair, participated in National 4-H Club Week, held a 4-H Talent C o n test and provided goods and services to the needy. The 4-H Council, an advisory body of 12 adults, gave valuable counsel to the 4-H P r o gram. It also sponsored the publication of an updated Land Plat Book —proceeds of which will! be used to promote 4-H and! other youth activities. j 4-H Statistics (1964) — num-1 1 ber of 4-H Clubs, 49; number of j i different members, 712; number j | of projects undertaken, 913; num i ber of volunteer leaders 71. i HOMP ECONOMICS AND FAMILY LIVING Leadership Development ! Training leaders in subject ; matter and leadership techni-1 | ques are major goals of the Ex-1 ! tension program. By presenting j lessons to local study groups ! and assisting the training o f other leaders, as four women , did in teaching the lesson, "Hoi- j Iday Breads", the women gain self confidence and pass on information learned to others. Machine Care Saves Time And Money In learning the mechanical functions of .s e, w i n g machines I by cleaning and adjusting them,; 35 women not only can take better care of their own equipment but in turn can train) others. i j Except for a house, the family! ; car is probably the most expen- j sive item in the family b u d-i ; get. Women spend a good dealj of time using it and found the lesson on car maintenance, safe-; ty and function of various parts' very enlightening. Nutrition For You I When homemakers are aware j of what makes up a well b a 1-; | anced meal and how it can be i ] served attractively, . fam i 1 i e s; 1 eat nutritious meals. Some-: j times family members baulk at', I eating "what is good for them" I because an issue is made of it. 1 Adequate nutrients as well as 1 the over-publicized calorie, for all members of the family were discussed in this lesson. A special presentation of this I information was given to a I class of 19 practical nurses a t Grandview Hospital. Selecting: And Fitting: Slip Covers By careful measuring, knowledge of fabrics, chair design and construction features, 2 6 women found that re?)dy-m a d e slip covers are very satisfactory for their homes. It may take ! some shopping around, but, i when time and skills are con| sidered for a professional look- i ing job, most of the women ) would rather leave the making i of slip covers up to someone ! else. ' Youth In Our Time j Several other ariults besides Home Extension women f o u n d this discussion of today's youth, their problems, opportunities and responsibilities very interesting. Business Facts For Families By being knowledgeable and! making use of services provided i iby banks, Post Office, and other such places, 16 leaders | learned how families can handle ! business dealings with others more efficiently. The "Record of Important Family Papers" made people aware of what papers are important and where they can be found at a moment's notice. Family Enrichment To add enrichment to family •TATE OF MtOHMMH •vrtcc or Tvr •OVEMO* L^KNSINO W ITS (STICIKLS MD PATMKS Of THS FAIR) Ooco again it i* ay prlviloto to extend to yoo n offiettl *el««w to tha 1965 fair. Bichigin haa b«CT »ndc<»e<i Ijj- onr creator »ith an unmatched v.-,»- blnation of nalurnl resources, clinate, and people that haa natis this state a leader in agriculture, In itKluytry, and as aa KKXccllcd place to live, work, and play. Michigan baa roallr been OB the DOVC. Our industrial prosperity continues to. soar to new heights; mir agriculture provides aa »ith •n ever greater abundance oi an amatinp variety or food at a lo»or real cost than ever before in the history of nankindj our later- Winter Wonderland continue* to attract an avor greater number of Ylaltors each 7car. Tairs «uch M this provide us an opportunity to proud!;- dtuplar the /ruits of cwir labor and enterprise—to show others how •sriculturn and industry BO hand in hand to cake ours tl» »o*t 4jmanic, the Kost procrcesiv* state In the nation. life, several special events provided information on life in Finland, art appreciation, and Christmas ideas. Selecting and framing pictures, hair styl i n g, and relaxation at Women's Camp was a portion of the program attended by 37 women. Reaching Other People A monthly newsletter. to which Home Extension stu d y groups contribute, goes to 307 women. It contains Extens 1 o n activities, timely household hints and other items of interest to homemakers. A weekly radio program on WJMS brings up-to-date information to many people. Some of the topics covered were careers, sewing machine care, "Walking in Comfort," buying T-shirts, irradiated foods, Christinas safety and food poisoning. j Home Economics Extensi o n ! Statistics— Number of study groups. 18; number of members,; Safety Program Should Be Part Of Vacation Plan A systematic safety program should be introduced into family vacation travel, advises Louis y. Twardzlk, park and recreation administration specialist «t Michigan State University. Twardzik reports that saf e t y I devices on cars or on roads can | be meaningless if parents don't plan for a safe trip, especially if children are along. By making safely a part of family participation and fun, Twardzik says, a safety program need not detract from travel pleasure. He makes these suggestions: * * * While traveling, one member of the family should be assigned to keep the driver "company," so he won't doze. "Comp a n y" could amount to singing nonsense songs or blowing in the driver's ear—almost anything to keep the driver alert. The buddy system of water safety fame should apply to families when visiting strangfi places. Members of the fam 1 1 y should pair off and be responsible for each other's whereabouts. This system works as well in crowded city parks as it does in a wilderness area. Assign a member of the family to collect ideas on what to do when lost in the woods and see that each member of the family shares this information. The teacher will have a captive audience for dispensing such information while the family is traveling. Poison ivy, oak and sumac probably account for as many ruined vacations as any other cause. Assign one of the younger members of the family to learn what these plants look like. * * * "The best rule," Twardzik says," is to stay away from wishes' for Oieliiccess "of "the Go- P lants with tnree leaves. They SENDS GREETING — Gov. George Romney of Michigan has sent his greetings and best 256; number of project leaders, 1 S ebic Count i' 36. grow almost everywhere." Assignments for family safety Many Pay High Interest Costs often true on purchases of and lepaiis. "In our survey, we found that getting the children interested only about 40 per c e n t of deal- ! and enthused in the project. The ; et | on iy by parents' ingenuity in er's parts and repairs business is on a cash business," reports is to ™ ke ^ responsibil- enjoyable. This in turn EAST LANSING — "Many Michigan farmers are payi n g higher interest costs for farm t machinery financing than they realize," asserts John R. Brake, Michigan State University agricultural economist. iLJ Wll M \w-tt Oil *Vl.lkJ*llV<hJkJ, i Vj h^Wi <^U , . , Brake. "About 40 per cent is hfel P s mak ? fthe youngster aware i paid within 30 days, and about ct tne need ffor thinking and act.-- - • .- -~' ing in a safe way. 20 per cent ran longer than days. 30 '•About one out of every eight who st _ the dealers gave a discount' roads to fee] "There isn't too much that can be done for the individual on park and forest . . to feel wild bears or for cash, allowing some farmers f pictures wltn tnem . to make immediate savings in Best rule: watch animals from the purchase price. a safe distance," Twardzik concludes. "In a recent survey, we found " On the other hand ' most dea1 ', that many of the machinery fi- i f rs made charges for accounts i nancing plans carried a c t u a 11 tnat ran over 30 davs - A con> | interest rates of some 12 to i4i mon charge was 1 per cent a, per cent. This included a charge '• montn ' or aDOUt 12 P er cent P er i for credit life insurance and; y ear - ] property insurance, but even i "Then there were other deal-| so, the rates were still much'ers," says Brake, "who charge i higher than the farmer m i g h 11 as high as two per cent per expect." Brake said one way to geti counts that ran over around this cost is to visit a! If a farmer makes a number of different lenders t o having a large account see what they charge to finance• such a dealer, he would be bet- j gas gauges to eliminate guess- a purchase. j ter off borrowing from a good work in refueling, safe, easy "I found that it is not unu- 1 lender at six or seven per cent systems for cleaning the under- sual for a borrower to be able, and paying off those 12 to 24 side of the mowers without to save as much as $100 a year ; per cent accounts." i turning them over while they on a $4,000 loan, simply by shop- Brake notes that there a r e j are running, ping around and getting the enough sources of credit to do', There will be about 4,3 m 11- money from a different source," a good job of serving Michigan lion new power mowers Joining Hove More Power What's new in the world o f power mowers for 1965? The month on parts and repairs ac- prices are expected to r e m a In 30 days, i about the same as last year but habit of some manufacturers are adding with; extras, such as grass catchers, exclaims Brake. Another way to save terest charges is, of course, pay cash when possible. This is i get. farmers. But he emphasizes that in trimming suburbia's lawns on in- i farmers can and should be this year, raising the total In to! choosey about the terms they , use to more than 25 million, ao- i cording to one manufacturer. farmers and dairy cows. In (the feasibility of certain crops terms of dollars, the dairy in- j and seed varieties in an area dustry is bigger than it ever was were carried out in strawber-! and, therefore, >s an important r ies, field corn, oats and week' segment of our economy. control in cooperation with local I Promoting Agriculture—"Our j farmers. Results of the plots! FUEL Oil COAL TWIN CITY FUEL CO. 323 So. Lowell St. Ironwood Mrs. Jos. Kongery, Prop. 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