Teens wanted for research study!

Our team at Kent State University is now recruiting adolescents (ages 13-18) for an online research program that focuses on helping teens to reduce stress, improve health, and achieve a healthy weight. This free program includes 16 live, interactive, online group sessions and teaches teens ways to improve their health through a focus on healthy eating, physical activity, and may include strategies to reduce stress. All sessions will take place over secure videoconferencing software. This study also includes three online assessment periods. There is no cost for participation, and eligible adolescents will receive up to $175 as compensation for participating in this study.


If you are interested in participating or would like more information about our Healthy Eating, Activity, and Reduction of Teen Stress Program (HEARTS), please have a parent/caregiver call us at (330) 672-2231 or email us at teenprojecthearts@gmail.com. A member of our research team will provide more information about our project, complete a phone screening with the parent/caregiver to determine if the interested teen is initially eligible to participate, and will answer any questions. We sincerely hope that you will consider participating!



Free Rooster to Good Home!

My name is Noel Novicky and I live in Peninsula, Ohio. I recently ordered a “sexed” chick from Meyer Hatchery which is not a pullet but in fact a cockerel. I cannot have him here as I already have an old and docile rooster in a small flock. I’ve attached a picture of him, he is 11 weeks old.  I have a receipt from the hatchery, including Marek’s vaccination certificate. Free to a good home.




Noel Novicky


(call or text) at 440-668-3375


Job Available – Help needed!

Farm in Portage County looking for help putting up hay.

5 minutes from the Portage County Randolph Fairgrounds.

Pays $12 an hour cash on the same day as you work.

For more information contact Christopher Stone  216-789-1563.

Statewide and County 4-H Project Evaluation for non-livestock

Attention Portage County:

This information can be used to prepare for County level judging. County level judging is required in order to be selected for the below statewide judging. This information will be included in a state fair packet when you are selected as a delegate for state.

Reminder Dates:

Life skills Grade Day – July 17th at Fair 

  • Food and nutrition from 9-12pm
  • All other Life skills is 1pm-4pm
  • Awards at 6pm (Information will be sent out at a later date, depending on the current restrictions)

Sewing Grade Day and Style Revue – July 22nd at Fair

  • Judging – 12-4pm
  • Style Revue at 7pm (Information will be sent out at a later date, depending on the current restrictions)

        Sign-up for grade day judging’s will be sent by the end of June!


Project Completion Requirements can be found here!



Statewide level 4-H project evaluation for 2021 will look different than it has in the past.  Once 4-H members have completed their judging, they are encouraged to return home or visit sites of interest around Columbus.  There won’t be anything to see at the state fairgrounds.

Based on current guidelines, we are sharing the following information as part of the State Fair 4-H Guidebook:



  • Masks must be worn and social distancing will be maintained.
  • One parent may accompany each participant.
  • Parents will have a designated seating area.
  • Participants should only bring what they (member) can carry in; a poster or notebook can be used to depict large items.
  • All youth will receive a participation ribbon. Awards (Outstanding of the Day and Clock Trophies) will be announced at a later date.
  • If youth have been ill in the 24 hours preceding their judging or exposed to someone with COVID, contact Sally McClaskey (mcclaskey.12@osu.edu) before their judging day to make alternate judging arrangements.


We will not be holding an award ceremony as we have had in the past at the conclusion of each day’s judging activities.  Winners will be announced but no ribbons/trophies will be handed out during the state fair. We understand that the wearing of masks is a moving target and seems to change daily.  Your patience is requested as we work through all the details.


All Portage County Participates will be scheduled for 2:30pm on their day at state fair.


4-H State Fair Guidebook



State Skillathon

Ohio Youth Skillathon information for VIRTUAL and IN-PERSON sessions is now online at: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-youth-skillathons

  • Rules for both are attached as well as a flyer for virtual skillathons


VIRTUAL Skillathon Registration is due by JUNE 14th, 2021!


A few important notes:

  • Those exhibiting at OSF and want to be eligible for Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) awards MUST participate at the IN-PERSON skillathons at the state fair


  • Those exhibiting at OSF and want to be eligible for Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor (OBE) awards MUST participate in the VIRTUAL skillathons online

2021 Skillathon Rules

2021 Virtual Skillathons Flyer

Skillathon Rules and Dates

Mask Update – June 1st

URGENT: Face Masks Update

Effective immediately, June 1, 2021, we have been given university approval to follow local guidance for our statewide campuses with regard to masks.


What this means for OSU Extension, in general:


  • Facemasks are not required to be worn inside or outside at 4-H camp (day or overnight) for ALL employees AND clientele
  • Facemasks are not required to be worn inside or outside at any OSU Extension (including 4-H non-camp) programs and activities for ALL employees AND clientele
  • Face masks are not required to be worn inside or outside at county offices for ALL employees AND clientele
    • Face masks are strongly recommended for those who are not yet fully vaccinated (strongly recommended means the individual chooses to wear a mask or not)


All other health and safety guidance is still in effect, such as physical distancing and sanitizing.


Local guidance (i.e., local health department, local landlord or building requirements, etc.) prevails, if there are more stringent requirements.

Individuals and/or family members may not attend if they or anyone living their household is experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste or smell, or as been directly exposed (confirmed or suspected) to COVID-19 if they are not fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccinations are our best current protection against infection and a fatal outcome. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face mask, however we strongly recommend eligible, but unvaccinated, individuals to continue to properly wear a face mask when social distancing cannot be maintained.


A reminder: As the case has been to date, know that these guidelines may be modified at any time if conditions change, and/or if the guidance is not followed, and/or if a local health department issues more stringent requirements.

Speaking Contest – Portage County

This years speaking contest for Portage County will be Friday, 18th from 6-8pm. This will be at the Extension Office Meeting room 101 at 705 Oakwood Street, Ravenna.


Rules and information about the different speeches can be found here:

Communication Days

Health and Safety Speaking Contest


Cloverbuds can also join by reciting the 4-H Pledge!


Contact Pat Allen for more information and to register: allen_home@hotmail.com


Everything Under The Sun Community Service Project!


Everything Under The Sun 4-H club has been working with a non profit organization- Rural Relief Mobile Food Pantry.  They are associated with the Akron Food Bank but are servicing areas in Portage county.  Currently, they have 3 distribution sites scheduled but are working on more sites and also have free food give away.  In May we collected Toothpaste and toothbrushes.  In June, we are collecting soap and feminine hygiene products. These will be packaged to give to those in need.

For more information on how to get involved personally or with your club, check out the flyer below for June!

RRFP June flyer!


Great job, EUTS!