2017 Chambers County 4-H Virtual Fishing Competition

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A Merry Extension Christmas

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Chambers County is excited to announce the first annual Merry Extension Christmas event. This event will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the White Memorial Park Community Building (225 White Memorial Park Rd, Anahuac, TX 77514).

We will have presentations by our Agents on food safety and winterizing for animals, booths hosted by many friends of our organization, pictures with Santa and a lot of fun crafts and activities.

We hope to see you there!
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Halloween is Meant to Be Scary, But Not When it Comes to Impaired Driving

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension reminds Halloween Partiers against
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Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to the high number of drunk drivers on the road. In 2015, Texas lost 36 motorists from Friday, Oct. 30, through Sunday, Nov. 1. The Halloween weekend alcohol-related crash fatalities totaled to 12 Texans losing their lives on our roadways.

Texas law enforcement officers remind drivers that they will be out in force looking for drunk drivers. If you do not drive sober, you will get pulled over. Young men are particularly at risk of being involved in a traffic crash as a result of “buzzed” or drunk driving.

“With drunk driving, there’s no trick and there’s no treat,” said Lindy Pitre, AgriLife Extension agent for Chambers County. “We want all of our residents to remember that Halloween is about kids and trick-or-treating — not about seeing how much alcohol they can drink.”

Driving while impaired is a crime that seriously risks your safety and the safety of those around you. Whether you have had one too many or are way over the limit, drunk driving is not worth causing a traffic crash, serious injury, or worse — death.

The legal and financial costs of driving while impaired can be significant. Drunk driving violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, use of an ignition interlock, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work.

Plan ahead so that you don’t turn the roads into a real-life horror show. If you are going to a party, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.

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For information on free alcohol awareness programs available through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Watch UR BAC program in College Station, visit: www.watchurbac.tamu.edu, or call 979-862-1911.

Chambers County 4-Hers Attend Commissioners Court to Recognize National 4-H Week

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Agents Lindy Pitre and Tyler Fitzgerald, along with fourteen Chambers County 4-Hers, visited the Tuesday, September 27, 2016 meeting of the Chambers County Commissioners Court to recognize National 4-H Week.

Jordan Semien, Creek Johnson, Ben Johnson, Julie Johnson, Nathan Boaze, Araceli Guerrero, Kessa Miller, Shelby Pinkston, Anna Hyde, Kaitlyn Hyde, Colton Fant and Isaac Parham – 4-Hers from across Chambers County – represented the Chambers County 4-H Program as a whole as Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia and Chambers County Commissioners Larry George, Mark Huddleston, Gary Nelson and Rusty Senac recognized and presented a signed National 4-H Week Proclamation. Chambers County and its elected officials are a steadfast source of support for the Chambers County 4-H Program and without their assistance and encouragement the program would not be nearly as successful.

The purpose of National 4-H Week is to provide local and county 4-H programs with the opportunity to showcase what they have accomplished and what members gain from their participation in 4-H through activities and events at the local and county level.

The 4-H Youth Development Program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has been providing experience-based education to young Texans for 108 years. The purpose of the program is to provide a learning experience for the whole child – including head, heart, hands and health – and to help them acquire knowledge, develop life skills and form attitudes to enable them to become self-directed, productive and contributing members of society.

Chambers County has eight active 4-H Clubs which offer learning opportunities in animal projects, food and nutrition, fashion and merchandising, photography, arts and may other areas. If you are interested in joining or participating in 4-H in Chambers County, please feel free to contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Chambers County at 409-374-2123 or chambers@ag.tamu.edu.

 

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How to Secure Your Child’s Future

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Every parent wants the best for their child’s future, and one of the best ways to make sure your child will have a bright future is to be sure that you are correctly using the right car seat for your child and that the seat is correctly installed in your vehicle every time. The problem is that keeping them safe in vehicles isn’t as easy as it might appear. Most parents think they are using their car seat correctly, but unfortunately, at least three out of four car seats are used incorrectly. For a car seat to best protect your child, it must be the one that fits your child, your vehicle, and one that you will use correctly every time you travel.

Children are at greater risk than adults in a vehicle crash. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for children. Crash data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration shows that on average, every 33 seconds, one child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash and nearly two children under age 13 are killed, and 308 are injured every day. Unfortunately in 2015, less than half of the children killed in vehicle crashes in Texas were known to be restrained.

What can parents do to secure their child’s future? Take advantage of the opportunity to have a free car seat inspection. Securing your children properly in age- and size-appropriate child safety seats — in the back seat of your vehicle — is the most effective thing you can do to protect them in the event of a crash. In fact, in motor vehicle crashes, child safety seats reduce the risk of a fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers. Misuse of car seats can cause needless injuries and fatalities.

That’s why Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent Lindy Pitre is urging all parents and caregivers to make an appointment for a free child safety seat inspection.  As a part of Child Passenger Safety Week, there will be free car seat checkup events statewide as well as inspections by appointment.  Please visit http://www.safercar.gov/cpsApp/cps/index.htm to find out where the nearest car seat checkup event or car seat fitting station is located.  Certified technicians will be available to make sure your child is riding in the proper seat and the seat is secured properly in the vehicle.

For a child safety seat to do its job correctly, it has to be:

  • Appropriate for your child’s age and size,
  • Installed properly in your vehicle, and
  • Adjusted to fit your child securely.

 

Parents are reminded to keep children rear-facing until at least age 2 or until the limit of their rear-facing convertible seat, which is usually 40 pounds or more. Also, children should stay in a 5-point harness system until they are ready to ride in a booster seat. Booster seats are for children who are at least age 4 and 40 pounds or more, and mature enough to sit still in a booster. Finally, keep children in a booster seat until the seat belt fits correctly. This is usually sometime between ages 8 and 12. The average child fits in a seat belt at age 11.

If you’re a parent or caregiver, don’t miss this opportunity to have a free child safety seat inspection by a certified child passenger safety technician. Technicians can provide hands-on advice and instruction. Make sure your children are safe and you are in compliance with the current child safety seat law in Texas. The law requires all children under age 8, unless taller than 4-feet-9-inches, to be in a child safety seat system, which includes traditional child safety seats with harnesses and booster seats. Keep in mind that the law is always the minimum. Car seat technicians will be able to provide education on best practice.

Remember: All child passengers under age 13 should ride securely restrained in the back seat, where they are safest — every trip, every time. If you are not able to attend an event during National Child Passenger Safety Week, you don’t have to wait until next year to check if your car seat is properly installed. To locate a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician in Texas, please visit: http://buckleup.tamu.edu.

Follow these guidelines from NHTSA to keep your children riding safely:

  • Birth – 12 months: For the best possible protection, your child under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats; infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.
  • 1 – 3 years: Your child should remain in a rear-facing car seat until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. This may result in many children riding rear-facing until age 2 or older. Once your child outgrows the rear-facing car seat, your child is ready to travel in a forward-facing car seat with a harness.
  • 4 – 7 years: Keep your child in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until he or she reaches the top height or weight limit allowed by your car seat’s manufacturer. Once your child outgrows the forward-facing car seat with a harness, it’s time to travel in a booster seat, but still in the back seat.
  • 8 – 12 years: Keep your child in a booster seat until he or she is big enough to fit in a seat belt properly. For a seat belt to fit properly, the lap belt must lie snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach. The shoulder belt should lie snugly across the shoulder and chest and not across the neck or face. Children under age 13 should ride in the back seat.

4-H Open House is Huge Success

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Chambers County 4-H hosted its first annual Open House event on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 and attendance was beyond expectations.

Approximately 125 Chambers County residents attended the event which was meant to showcase all of the amazing educational opportunities that Chambers County 4-H offers.

Club managers and other volunteers were on site to represent each of the eight 4-H Clubs in Chambers County and current 4-Hers were available to talk with visitors about what they are learning from the projects that they are participating in. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agents and staff were available to answer questions. In all, visitors had the opportunity to visit 23 booths and were offered educational handouts, snacks and the opportunity to play fun games.

4-H is a positive youth development organization that empowers young people to reach their full potential through education and learning.

If you are interested in joining or participating in 4-H in Chambers County, please feel free to contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Chambers County at 409-374-2123 or chambers@ag.tamu.edu.


 

 

 

 

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2016 Chambers County 4-H Banquet

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Chambers County 4-H Banquet

 

The Chambers County 4-H Program held their annual 4-H Awards Banquet on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the White Memorial Park Community Building in Anahuac, TX.

 

Just over 90 4-H members and their families attended the banquet where more than 220 awards were presented to both youth and adult volunteers.

 

This event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of sponsors who included the Chambers County 4-H Adult Leaders Association, Chambers County FCS Committee, Chambers County Judge Jimmy Sylvia, Chambers County Commissioner Rusty Senac, Anahuac National Bank and Thrif-Tee Food Center. Special recognition was given at the Banquet to the Winnie Tractor Supply Company Store which supports the Chambers County 4-H Program tremendously through the bi-annual 4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser. A water slide and bounce house were also provided for attendees by All Summer Long Moonwalks and Waterslides.

 

The Chambers County 4-H Program had a record year with 215 youth members, 44 adult volunteers and seven Community Clubs. There will also be a new Project Club in the 2016-2017 year. 4-H members participated in livestock, shooting sports, photography, food challenge and fashion projects, to name a few. Notable awards received by Chambers County 4-Hers include Reserve State Champion Drill Team (Chambers County Legend Riders), Reserve State Champion Prevision Team (Chambers County Legend Riders), third place Food Challenge Team at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (West Chambers 4-H Club Senior Team), numerous livestock show awards and many district and state 4-H awards.

 

If you are interested in joining or participating in 4-H in Chambers County, please feel free to contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Chambers County at 409-374-2123 or chambers@ag.tamu.edu.

 

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Agent Pitre Teaches Health Summer Snacking Class During #SummerBash2016

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6-24-2016 Healthy Snack Program at Wellness Center (16)Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent Lindy Pitre of Chambers County hosted a Healthy Summer Snacking seminar and demonstration during Chambers Health’s Summer Bash on Friday, June 24, 2016.

Agent Pitre educated the 25 youth and five adult attendees on the importance of choosing healthy snacks over “junk” food this summer.

Children sometimes become bored when at home during summer vacation. They tend to want to eat more snacks than usual.

“Food like chips and candy is quick and easy for you to grab, but it’s not doing many good things for your body and your health,” said Agent Pitre, “To offset healthy snacking we need to try to find some healthier options.”

Instead of unhealthy foods, the audience was encouraged to eat fruits and vegetables and youth helped brainstorm some healthy alternatives that they could snack on.

Agent Pitre then demonstrated six kid-friendly recipes for the children including Fish in the River, Vegetable Flowers, Apple “Cookies,” Fruit Skewers, Banana Butterflies and a healthy, nut-less No Bake Cookie and discussed the nutritional benefits of the ingredients in each one.

After the demonstration, children went to each recipe station and created the dish with the help of parents and adult volunteers. They were then able to eat their food masterpieces.

“It can be r6-24-2016 Healthy Snack Program at Wellness Center (7)eally hard for kids to find snacks that are good for them, tasty and still fun,” said Agent Pitre, “our goal was to teach these kiddos that they can actually make delicious, nutritional snacks from items they already have in their own homes.”

All attendees took home the recipes which were demonstrated and created during the lesson, as well as a packet containing information on food safety, healthy recipes and summer exercises for youth.

Contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Chambers County for information regarding upcoming programing.

Big Time in D-9 Results (Chambers County Participants)

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Chambers County 4-Hers performed amazingly well at the 2015 Big Time in D-9 4-H Roundup. Below is a list of our big winners.

4-H SET Poster Contest
Mason Broussard – 1st Place

Fashion Storyboard
Macie Broussard – Senior Wearable – 3rd Place
Anna Hyde – Intermediate Wearable – 2nd Place
Mason Broussard – Intermediate Non-Wearable – 1st Place
Marcel Broussard – Junior Non-Wearable – 1st Place

Produce Judging
Mason Broussard – 3rd Place

Photography
Macie Broussard – Senior Domestic Animals – 3rd Place
Kaitlyn Hyde – Senior Catch All – 2nd Place
Emma Taylor – Senior Details and Macro – 1st Place
Kaitlyn Hyde – Senior Digital Dark Room – 3rd Place
Mack Broussard – Senior Dominant Color – 3rd Place
Stephanie Steele – Senior Nature and Landscape – 1st Place
Hanna Stewart – Senior Nature and Landscape – 3rd Place
Emma Taylor – Senior Marine – 1st Place
Kara Taylor – Intermediate Details and Macro – 2nd Place
Mason Broussard – Intermediate Plant – 3rd Place
Marcel Broussard – Junior Plant – 1st Place

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Emma Taylor – Solo/Band Performance – 2nd Place

2015 Chambers County 4-H Photo Contest Results

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We are excited to announce the results of the 2015 Chambers County 4-H Roundup Photography Contest.

2015 Chambers County 4-H Photography Contest Results

Intermediate Level Black and White Photographs
1st Place – “Windmill” by Kara Taylor
2nd Place – “House in the Snow” by Anna Hyde
3rd Place – “Geese” by Kara Taylor

Senior Level Black and White Photographs
1st Place – “All in a Day’s Work” by Cadee Witherspoon
2nd Place – “Turtle” by Emma Taylor

Junior Level Color Photographs
1st Place – “My Neighbor” by Malcolm Broussard
2nd Place – “It’s Dandy” by Malcolm Broussard
3rd Place – “Flowers Near the Beach” by Malcolm Broussard

Senior Level Color Photographs
1st Place – “Anniversary” by Kaitlyn Hyde
2nd Place – “Strings Attached” by Mack Broussard
3rd Place – “Resting” by Macie Broussard

Senior Special Effects Photographs
1st Place – “A Day on the Ranch” by Cadee Witherspoon
2nd Place – “Setting” by Macie Broussard
3rd Place (Tied) – “The Cowboy Rides Away” by Cadee Witherspoon
3rd Place (Tied) – “Cake” by Kaitlyn Hyde

Two judges scored each of the photographs – final scores were tallied by averaging the total given by each judge. The top three photos had the highest calculated scores in each category. All of the photos entered were very good – both judges repeatedly stated how difficult it was to judge due to the talent of these young people.

We gave ribbons a little differently this year than we have in the past. As we are trying to model our competition a little more closely after the D9 contest we awarded ribbons based on the same point system that D9 uses. To award ribbons we looked at the calculated (averaged) score and the scale listed on the bottom of the score sheet – this determined the color ribbon each photo received.