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4-H club digs landscaping

By Staff | Jul 23, 2009

Question: What do you get when you have a conscientious and community-minded 4-H club that has received $1,200 in grants along with a gentle, sunny day at the Emmet County Nature Center?

Answer: A massive yet gorgeous landscaping project that beautifies the new facility.

Wednesday’s perfect summer weather allowed some of the Ellsworth Go-Getters 4-H members to spend time in the great outdoors to complete the project in one afternoon.

One of the club’s leaders, Phyllis Martens said that member Cydnie Jo Anderson made the landscaping suggestion. Her dad is Eric Anderson, Emmet County Conservation director.

“Annually 4-H groups apply for the Pioneer grant from Pioneer Hybrid International. This is the first time that Ellsworth Go-Getters applied,” Martens said, also noting this marked the first time the club made application for the Emmet County Community Foundation grant.”

The leader said girls also have raised some money for this specific project with fundraising efforts.

“When we first thought of the landscaping project, we applied for the Pioneer because it was a nice idea that we contribute to the nature center.”

The club, planning a pretty big landscaping project, decided to apply for both grants.

And the landscaping project has become reality because the club was awarded both grants. From the community foundation, the club was given $1,000; from Pioneer, $200.

Martens recalled the wonderful comment made at the community foundation’s award ceremony. “Sue Nelson told how we were asking for money to benefit another entity in Emmet County. We appreciate that they decided to give us the money for this project.”

On Wednesday, the girls dug holes, positioned plants and flowers and did everything else that was required for a perfect landscape job under the watchful eye of Mary Ellen Martens, owner of Four Seasons.

There are 21 Ellsworth Go-Getters 4-H members at the present time. Donna Probst is the other leader and Barb Schacherer is a “great parent volunteer.”

A few members were willing to express their thoughts on the project:

n “I like helping out others and I like gardening so this seems like a good project to me.” Gretchen Probst.

n “This is a good project, one that is helping the community and benefitting everyone. I want to thank the Emmet County Community Development Foundation and Pioneer for awarding the grants that have made it possible to undertake this landscaping project at the nature center.” Molly Martens

Expressing appreciation on behalf of the nature center is Anita Fisher, Emmet County naturalist. “The Emmet County Conservation Board thinks that its wonderful the Ellsworth Go-Getters thought of this project to help the nature center, and that through the grant process received money from the Emmet County Community Development grant and Pioneer Hybrid International. This project shows the dedication of the kids and their community support for the nature center. This landscaping project will teach kids skills along with leadership and community development skills that will help them in the future along with making one more piece of the nature center project complete.”

4-H club digs landscaping

By Staff | Jul 23, 2009

With shovel in hand, Trisha Nelson digs the last hole for the last plant. Jordan Stille, Gretchen Probst and Phyllis Martens at right scoop up the mulching material. EDN photo by Mary Ann Menendez

Question: What do you get when you have a conscientious and community-minded 4-H club that has received $1,200 in grants along with a gentle, sunny day at the Emmet County Nature Center?

Answer: A massive yet gorgeous landscaping project that beautifies the new facility.

Wednesday’s perfect summer weather allowed some of the Ellsworth Go-Getters 4-H members to spend time in the great outdoors to complete the project in one afternoon.

One of the club’s leaders, Phyllis Martens said that member Cydnie Jo Anderson made the landscaping suggestion. Her dad is Eric Anderson, Emmet County Conservation director.

“Annually 4-H groups apply for the Pioneer grant from Pioneer Hybrid International. This is the first time that Ellsworth Go-Getters applied,” Martens said, also noting this marked the first time the club made application for the Emmet County Community Foundation grant.”

The leader said girls also have raised some money for this specific project with fundraising efforts.

“When we first thought of the landscaping project, we applied for the Pioneer because it was a nice idea that we contribute to the nature center.”

The club, planning a pretty big landscaping project, decided to apply for both grants.

And the landscaping project has become reality because the club was awarded both grants. From the community foundation, the club was given $1,000; from Pioneer, $200.

Martens recalled the wonderful comment made at the community foundation’s award ceremony. “Sue Nelson told how we were asking for money to benefit another entity in Emmet County. We appreciate that they decided to give us the money for this project.”

On Wednesday, the girls dug holes, positioned plants and flowers and did everything else that was required for a perfect landscape job under the watchful eye of Mary Ellen Martens, owner of Four Seasons.

There are 21 Ellsworth Go-Getters 4-H members at the present time. Donna Probst is the other leader and Barb Schacherer is a “great parent volunteer.”

A few members were willing to express their thoughts on the project:

n “I like helping out others and I like gardening so this seems like a good project to me.” Gretchen Probst.

n “This is a good project, one that is helping the community and benefitting everyone. I want to thank the Emmet County Community Development Foundation and Pioneer for awarding the grants that have made it possible to undertake this landscaping project at the nature center.” Molly Martens

Expressing appreciation on behalf of the nature center is Anita Fisher, Emmet County naturalist. “The Emmet County Conservation Board thinks that its wonderful the Ellsworth Go-Getters thought of this project to help the nature center, and that through the grant process received money from the Emmet County Community Development grant and Pioneer Hybrid International. This project shows the dedication of the kids and their community support for the nature center. This landscaping project will teach kids skills along with leadership and community development skills that will help them in the future along with making one more piece of the nature center project complete.”