Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day! April 22, 2010. Be Green!

Happy Earth Day Troopers! Today is the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day. Did you know more than one billion people in 190 countries that are taking action for Earth Day? Ukraine, Venezuela, Philippines, Spain, United Kingdom and Canada also celebrate Earth Day.

There are many ways you can be "green" too. Every little thing you do helps, no matter how small!! Here are 10 simple ways to begin helping the environment:
1. Turn off your computer at night - save 40 hour-watts of energy per night.
2. Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth - save up to 5 gallons of H20 a day.
3. Print double-sided whenever possible - you can even default this setting to cut your paper usage in half.
4. Don't use plastic grocery bags - many stores have very cheap, stylish reusable bages...leave some in your trunk so you never forget them.
5. Choose natural cleaners - prevent chemicals from harming the environment & yourself.
6. Save energy & money - turn your heat down by 2 degrees & your AC up by 2 degrees.
7. Unplug your chargers when they're not in use - chargers continue to drain energy from outlets.
8. Invest in a BPA-free bottle & a reusable coffee cup - Why buy water when you can refill & get it for free? Prevent plastic bottles and styrofoam cups from ending up in landfills by reusing cups.
9. Replace your old lightbulbs with CFL bulbs - 1 bulb reduces CO2 by 1000 lbs & saves money on energy.
10. Recycle used ink cartridges - save the earth & save money!

Have a great Earth Day everyone. And remember, every little bit counts.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The next Trenton Trooper 4-H Club meeting will be on April 30th right after school. We will be cleaning and planting flowers in the courtyard at El Dorado Nursing Home. Please bring a rake, shovel, gardening gloves or leaf trash bags for yard work. Each family also needs to bring one 6-pack of flowers to plant. It might be a good idea to wear clothes that are alright to get dirty.

If anyone is interested in attending the State 4-H camp "Summer Fun" in Halsey (Camp #405), Jasmine Hamilton, Tara Oberg and April Wagner are planning to attend. The dates are from June 21-23. This camp is 3 days and 2 nights. The cost is $175.

April 29th at 6:30 pm at the park in Culbertson, Pam Hamilton will be helping a few kids from the Twin Rivers 4-H Club train their dogs. Any Troopers interested in learning to train their dog should attend. This is a great way for you and your family to improve your relationship with your 4-legged family member.

Upcoming events:
Hayes 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest- May 13, registration starts at 4:30pm
Youth Animal Science Field Day- Curtis May 27

4-H Bowling Contest

Congratulations to everyone that attended the 4-H Bowling Contest, 8 Troopers attended. Our Clover Kids, Aimee Merrill and Aaron Oberg, received rainbow ribbons. There were six Troopers in the Juniors division: Laynee Merrill, Wes Merrill, Booke Scott and Kyleigh Scott received Blue ribbons; Jasmine Hamilton received a purple; Tara Oberg received Reserve Champion. Great job everyone!!