Council recognizes Delco 4-H Club

for teaching kids ‘by doing’ on the farm


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Down on the Farm with Delco 4-H

Delaware County Council recognized the volunteers and members of the Delaware County 4-H program, which is hosting a Summer Fair Aug. 5-6 at its Farm and Education Center in Newtown Square. Shown are, front from left, Liliana and Madalena Del'Orifice and Vincent Dykes, second row, Bud Bryan, Raymond Pierce, Ava Del'Orifice, Margaret Trautz, Council Vice Chair Colleen Morrone, Heather Sciubba, Samantha Dykes, Tia Del'Orifice and Adrianna McCarty, and back row, Yolaine Kaupas, Nicole Sciubba, Council members Mike Culp, Chairman Mario Civera Jr., John McBlain, Dave White and 4-H volunteer Anton Del'Orifice.

Next month, on Aug. 5 and 6, Delaware County residents will have the chance to learn about livestock, farming and animal science…up close with live pigs, horses, cows and chickens.

That special event is the Delaware County 4-H Summer Fair when local 4-H members demonstrate all of the skills they've developed working with the 4-H throughout the year. The Fair is held at the farm at the Garrett Williamson Foundation at 395 Bishop Hollow Road, Newtown Square.

At its July 20 meeting, County Council recognized the work of the 4-H, which is organized under the Penn State University Cooperative Extension. 4-H is the nation's largest youth development organization. The leaders work with youth ages 8-19 to learn not only about agriculture and farming, but about leadership, civic involvement, food and nutrition and many more life skills.

"The important thing is they learn by doing," said County Council Vice Chair Colleen Morrone.

More than 2,600 young people in Delaware County are involved in 4-H. Statewide more than 90,000 youth participate.

The national 4-H organization is over 100 years old. The 4-H Farm and Education Center in Newtown Square was established in 1987.

This year, two local 4-H members, Heather Sciubba of Newtown Square and Brendan Quinn of Drexel Hill earned scholarships from the Pennsylvania Farm Show Foundation. Heather is attending Penn State University majoring in animal science. She was president of her Poultry Club and secretary of the Sheep Club. Brendan is attending Widener University studying mechanical engineering. He was president of the Sheep Club, treasurer of the Poultry Club, and a member of the Beef and Dairy Clubs. For his Eagle Scout project, he constructed a sheep shed at the 4-H Farm in Newtown Square.

"Heather, Brendan and all of the 4-Hers are yet another example of what outstanding youth we have here in Delaware County. I congratulate all of you here today," Morrone said.

"The 4-H is a success because of the dedicated volunteers that work with the young people and we also want to recognize them. We have some of them here today including one volunteer, Bud Bryan, who has been with the Delaware County 4-H for 60 years! I understand that Bud was a new college graduate when he became a 4-H agent in Delaware County back in 1956. Today, at 81, he's still an active beef club member," Morrone said.

Members of the 4-H organization in attendance included volunteers Nancy Sciubba, Yolaine Kaupas, Anton Del'Orifice and Bud Bryan. 4-H members included Samantha Dykes, Vincent Dykes, Adrianna McCarty, Ava, Liliana, Tia and Madalena Dell'Orifice, Margaret Trautz, Raymond Pierce and 4-H scholarship winner Heather Sciubba.