Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan on July 30, 1965 · Page 32
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Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan · Page 32

Ironwood, Michigan
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Friday, July 30, 1965
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TWO IRONWOOD DAILY GLOBE - GOGEBIC COUNTY FAIR SUPPLEMENT FRIDAY, JULY 30, 196S. 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 The 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 in mining and in steel production, the deep shaft mines of Gogebic County have become a thing of the past. Only one mine remains in operation on the range. With the passing of virgin tlmb e r tracts, the logging and sawmill industry has stagnated. Opportunities in agriculture, particularly | dairying, have declined because of out-of-state competition, high cost of operation and low financial return to the farmer. As job opportunities declined, population of the county dwindled 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. Statistics showed that in 1963 the effective buying income peri household in the county was $4,698. Out of 83 counties in Michigan, this ranked Gogeb i c County as 78th in the State. The median income of families in the county was recently listed as $3,749 per family or 67th In the State. The median income of rural farm families was set at $2,832 or 75th in the State. This brief summary of the county's economy makes it evident why the County Extension office staff devoted a large part 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 o n: "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 information on just what and kind of accommodations Gogebic County has to offer the touring public. A new updated County Recreational Map became a reality. Fifty thousand copies at a cost of $2,400 were made available 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 Develop Blent 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 Action Program). Other activities of the Commission included cooperat i o n with Qo-Inc. jn the promotion of new industry, a study of senior citizens' housing projects, lake Inventory survey, cooperat i o n with the Upper Peninsula Committee on Area Progress (UP- CAP), and promotion of an "Opportunities Outdoors" workshop. Gofebie Community College— And Our Cooperative Endeavors" . Cooks and Bakers School * A federal retraining program, sponsored by the Gogebic Community College was assisted as follows: Planned original course of study, furnished work i n g 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 of 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 favorable report required the formation of an Action Committee to promote the propos a 1. As the local representatives of M.S.U , guidance and coun s e 1 was given the committee and the public responded with an overwhelming vote in favor of a county college. Development Of Human Resources—"We Need Factual Information" This was the theme of a series of teaching sessions designed to acquaint and train community leaders with problems in education and problems of unemployment. Sixty adults, which in- Interests Are Basclally Agricultural" An advisory board of farmers helps the County Extension Office determine the needs and interests of the dairy industry and develops the program of action to be followed through the year. Through the cooperative <_fforts with other federal agenc 1 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 inclu d e s feed grain surplus programs, federal cost sharing practices; in soil and water conservation,! reforestation, farm loans and other services whl^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 Bessemer Herald and occasional articles to the Wakefi e 1 d News. Twice weekly radio programs are afred over WJMS. The news media throughout the range have been very cooperative in granting time and space for public information beyond the regularly scheduled Extension allotment. 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 informatively taken care of. Soil tests, ferti- 4-H is more graphic ^IS^i-f: *£*?, «* iizer recommend7tionsr°'s.e e d varieties, insects, insectici d e s and pesticides, farm ponds, cash crop potentials, federal p r o grams, tourist potential, water supplies, lawn and tree problems, diseases, pruning, a n tl rodent control are just a few examples of the types of inquiries handled by the Extension office. As many clients of the office! have put it, "I don't know where j else I could go in the county to: get the information I need." ! sessions and passed along the information gained to t.he organizations they represented. At least 500 persons were eventually exposed to the program. Tourism—"Our New Life" Economic studies continued to emphasize that the area's future lies in tourism. With this concept in mind efforts were expended to promote the touri s t industry by conducting hospitality clinics, "Know Your County Better" workshops, training of were made available to interested parties and are on file at the Extension office. Milk Sales Clinic —"An I m • portant Link" In an effort to promote better' and increased sales of milk, a 1 special training clinic for milk plant employees, route drivers I and employers was conducted. Forty-one attended the session, which was the third annual onei ol its kind. Noticeable resu 11 s assure continuance of this educational program. 4-H CLUB WORK AND OTHER YOUTH Objectives of Although it 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 summer and at county events. Planning the scope of a project and evaluating the p r o - gress with each member, teach- ihg the value of record keeping, and training members t o give demonstrations are some of the teaching techniques used. - CUib 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. Farm Organizations—"We Ap-! Two hundred thirty-two girls preicate Their Services" _-_ and boys modeled in Dress Re- waiters and waitresses, public] -j^ Dah , y Herd Irpprovement; vue with 376 other 4-H'ers ex- meetings on the importance of Association (DHIA) formed inhibiting knitting, food, electri- ferences with motel and resort operators and by supplying timely information on a host of subjects essential to the success of a tourist-recreational enterprise. The three farm vacation enterprises, promoted anr; encouraged by the local Extension office, reported successful operations—and there :s room for more such ventures. The two major ski hills in the area were assisted by providing them with timely information on a variety of subjects as well as surveying their customers and promoting the ski sport in general. One hundred thousand skiers patronized the f wo hills during the past season. Public Affairs—"We Are Still Part Of A Great State And Nation" Cooperation was given the President's Task Force and the Governor's Task Force sent to 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 the interests of economic recovery. A Public 1920 continues to offer farmers record keeping service on milk production. The Artificial Breeders Association (ABA), organized in 1947, continues to provide better dairy animals in the county through its program of artificial insemination and the use of semen from proven bulls to produce high grade offspring. Last year 969 animals were serviced through artificial insemination. The Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) city, 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, continues to fight for b e 11 e r i dairy, photography and horses. milk prices and better markets for its members. A new organization, the National Farm Organization (N- Older Youth Development Discussions on career o p - portunities and parent-teen r e- iations, leading a club of young- Relations Clinic was Fair Supplement, prepared the i vear is botn work and play promoted in the interests of the Michigan Department of Conservation in an effort to help the public understand the fish and wildlife program of the Department. Office Statistics— Farm, firm and home calls, 1,675; office calls, 1,758; telephone calls, 5,024; newspaper articles. 420;j Ideal weather prevailed radio broadcasts, 107; publications distributed. 10,131; circular through collective bargaining. County Fair — "Show Window Of Our Agriculture" The annual exposition was the major social, educational and recreational event p r o - moted by the County Fair Baord and Extension Committee of the County Board of Supervisors in cooperation with the County Extension office o f Michigan State University. T he office prepared the premi u m list, provided the news articles and photos for the Daily Globe FO), has made its imprint, and, er members, clerking a t it too seeks to improve the econ-1 Achievement Days and county omic status of the dairy farmer, 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 letters written, 101; training meets held, adult work, 17, youth work, 23; other meetings attended, adult, 163, youth, 92. Agriculture 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 and 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 farmers and dairy cows. In terms of dollars, the dairy industry is bigger than it ever was and, therefore, is an important segment of our economy. Promoting Agriculture—"Our; judges' listing sheets, secured judges and clerks, and p r o vided many other services essential to such an event. throughout the Fair and a t - tracted 10,322 Four hundred paid admissions, 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 - portunity to exhibit their livestock 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 the feasibility of certain crops and seed varieties in an area, were carried out in strawberries, field corn, oats and week control in cooperation with local farmers. Results of the p 1 o ts COAL TWIN CITY FUEL CO. 323 So. Lowell St. Ironwood Mrs. Jos. Kange'rV, Prop. 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, and 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 $8.00 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-M 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. 4-H Statistics (1964) — number of 4-H Clubs, 49; number of different members, 712; number of projects undertaken, 913; num ber of volunteer leaders 71. HOME ECONOMICS AND FAMILY LIVING Leadership Development Training leaders in subject matter and leadership techniques are major goals of the Extension program. By presenting lessons to local study groups and assisting the training o f other leaders, as four women did in teaching the lesson, "Holiday Breads", the women gain self confidence and pass on information learned to others. Machine Care Saves Time And Money ' In learning the mechanic a 1 functions of ,s e, w i n g machines by cleaning and adjusting them, 35 women 'not only can take better care of their own equipment but in turn can train others. Except for a house, the family car is probably the most expensive item In the family b u d get. Women spend a good deal of time using it and found the lesson on car maintenance, safety and function of various parts very enlightening. Nutrition For You When homemakers are aware of what makes up a well b a 1- anced meal and how it can be served attractively,. fam i 1 i e s eat nutritious meals. S o m e times family members baulk at eating "what is good for them" because an issue is made of it. Adequate nutrients as well as the over-publicized calorie, for all members of the family were discussed In this lesson. A special presentation of this information was given to a 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 ready-m a d e slip covers are very satisfactory for their homes. It may take some shopping around, but, when time and skills are considered for a professional looking job, most of the women would rather leave the making of slip covers up to someone else. Youth In Our Time Several other arlults besides Home Extension women fo 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 by banks, Post Office, and other such places, 16 leaders learned how families can handle business dealings with others I more efficiently. The "Record of j 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 •ovtwvca •TATE Or MtOHMAM * or ntt •OVIIHW* LAHSIHO 70 IBS CFKCIAU J00> PATRWB Or m FAIR) Ootw again It i« «jr prlrilog* to «t«m<l to yoo n efflelrt to tho 1965 Fair. Michigu bu been endwwf by ear creator vlth an una«tch»d combination of natural rnourcas, cllnate, and p*opl« that hM sid« this itate a l««dcr in agriculture, In industry, and a< am •nflxcelled place to live, work, and piny. Ktehigu haa roollj bean on the »ove. Our Industrial pro»p«ritr oontinnos ta. soar to new heights; our »srlciiltur» proridoi ni »lth an «w greater abundance at an amazing variety of food at a lo*or real cost than ever before in the history oi nankind; oar fater- Wlnter Wonderland continue* to attract an ever greater number of Tisitors each J«ar. Tain euch M thl« proride » an opportunity to proudly dllplar the fruits of our labor and enterprise—to ahov others how Mlchigatt agriculture and Industry go hand in hand to Bake ours the moet eynanlc, the »oet progressiTe 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, Christmas safety and food poisoning. Home Economics Extensi o n SENDS GREETING — Gov. George Romney of Michigan has Safety Program Should Be Part Of Vacation Plan A systematic safety program should be introduced into family vacation travel, advises L o u i • F. Twardzlk, park and recreation administration specialist at Michigan State University. Twardzik reports that saf e t y 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 safety 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 stra n g e places. Members of the fam i 1 y should pair off and be responsible for each other's whereabouts, i This system works as well in j 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 j family shares this information, i The teacher will have a captive \ audience for dispensing such in| formation 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," Twardz i k Statistics- Number of study sent his greetings and best I says " Is; to stas'away from prnnns is- rmmhpr nf mpmhBr/ i wishes for the success of the Go- P lants wlth tnree leaves. They groups, 18; number of members, 256; number of project leaders, 36. Many Pay High Interest Costs EAST LANSING — "Many Michigan farmers are pay! n g higher interest costs for farm machinery financing than they realize," asserts John R. Brake, Michigan State University agri- gebic County Fair. grow almost everywhere." Assignments for family safety often true on purchases of parts and repairs. | et i on i y Dy parents' ingenuity in "In our survey, we found that | getting the children interested only about 40 per c e n t of deal-1 and enthused in the project. The er's parts and repairs business i kev is to ™ ke "\ e responslbll- 1s on a cash business," reports i ! ties enjoyab e. This in turn Brake. "About 40 per cent is helps make tne youngster aware cultural economist. paid within 30 days, and about 20 per cent ran longer than 30 days. "About one out of every eight of the dealers gave a discount for cash, allowing some farmers to make Immediate the purchase price. In a recent survey, we found ! " On tne otner nand> most dea1 ' that many of the machinery fi-j ers made charges for accounts nancing plans carried actual! tnat ran over 30 davs - A com interest rates of some 12 to 14 mon charge was 1 per cent a per cent. This included a charge I month, or about 12 per cent per for credit life insurance a n d | year "Then there were other dealers," says Brake, "who charge as high as two per cent per month on parts and" repairs accounts that ran over 30 days. If a farmer makes a habit of having a large account with such a dealer, he would be better off borrowing from a g o o d lender at six or seven per cent and paying off those 12 to 24 of the need for thinking and acting in a safe way. "There isn't too much that can be done for the individual who stops on park and forest roads to feel wild bears or poses for pictures with them, savings in, Best rule: watcn an i ma i s from '-e safe distance," Twardzik concludes. property insurance, but even so, the rates were still much higher than the farmer might expect," Brake said one way to g e t around this cost is to visit a number of different lenders t o see what they charge to finance a purchase. "I found that it is not unusual for a borrower to be able to save as much as $100 a year Mowers Hove More Power What's new in the world o f power mowers for 1965? The prices are expected to r e m a in about the same as last year but some manufacturers are adding extras, such as grass catchers, gas gauges to eliminate guesswork in refueling, safe, easy systems for cleaning the under- per cent accounts." side of the on a $4,000 loan, simply by shop-; Brake notes that there ping around and getting the enough sources Of credit to do mowers without over while they money from a different source," exclaims Brake. Another way to save on interest charges is, of course, to pay cash when possible. This is turning them a r e | are running. There will be about 4.3 mll- a good job of serving Michigan ! lion new power mowers Joining farmers. 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