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Thanksgiving Fun Facts

In honor of the Thanksgiving Holiday here are a few fun facts about the star of the show!

  • The wild turkey is native to Northern Mexico and the Eastern United States.

  • Wild turkeys were almost wiped out in the early 1900's. Today there are wild turkeys in every state except Alaska.

  • Turkeys are believed to have been brought to Britain in 1526 by Yorkshire man William Strickland. He acquired six turkeys from American Indian traders and sold them for two cents in Bristol.

  • Henry VIII was the first English King to enjoy turkey and Edward VII made turkey eating fashionable at Christmas.
  • In England, 200 years ago, turkeys were walked to market in herds. They wore booties to protect their feet. Turkeys were also walked to market in the United States.

  • Ben Franklin, in a letter to his daughter, proposed the turkey as the official United Statesbird.

  • 88% of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey at Thanksgiving.

  • The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds. A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.

  • The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.

  • In 1920, U.S. turkey growers produced one turkey for every 29 persons in the U.S. Today growers produce nearly one turkey for every person in the country.

  • Forty-five million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving.

  • Illinois produced 2.8 million turkeys in 2007.
  • Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He "pardons" it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.

  • 50 percent of U.S. consumers eat turkey at least once per week.

  • According to the 2002 census, there were 8,436 turkey farms in the United States.

  • Turkey is low in fat and high in protein.
  • Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.
  • White meat has fewer calories and less fat than dark meat

Reminder, our date to make cookies for the VA is right after school December 12.  We have several other activities planned as well!    Have a happy and safe holiday weekend.  For more information about 4-H and 4-H programs please contact Kassy Scates at 272-3022 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Upcoming Events

12/12 Cookie & candle workshop

2/28-3/1 Junior Leadership Conference

One Deceased In White County Crash


The Following Preliminary Information is Being Released by Illinois State
Police District 19:

WHAT:                   Fatal Traffic Crash

WHERE:                  US Route 45, just south of White County Road 550N
(White County)

WHEN:                   11/26/14, at approximately 9:11 a.m.

VEHICLES:                       White 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Truck

DRIVERS:                        Freeman Johnson, age 72, of Norris City,
Illinois (Deceased)

PASSENGERS:             None

CAUSE:                  Under Investigation/Suspected Medical Emergency.

TRANSPORTS:             Johnson was transported from the crash scene by
the White County Ambulance Service to an area hospital.  Johnson was
pronounced deceased at the hospital.

ROAD CONDITIONS:        Both lanes of US Route 45 remained open during the
crash investigation.

PRELIMINARY:            According to the preliminary traffic crash
investigative details, the driver of the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado truck,
Freeman Johnson, was southbound on US Route 45, just south of White County
Road 550N, when he suffered a suspected medical emergency.  Johnson?s
vehicle crossed the northbound lane of US Route 45 and continued to travel
through a yard, before coming to rest in a driveway of a residence.

                                Johnson was transported from the crash
scene by the White County Ambulance Service to an area hospital, where he
was pronounced deceased.  Johnson?s Towing of Norris City removed the
vehicle from the traffic crash scene.

                        ISP District 19 was assisted at the crash scene by
the White County Sheriff?s Department, Norris City Police Department,
White County Ambulance Service, and Johnson?s Towing.

Ridgway CommunityThanksgiving Service

The First Baptist Church in Ridgway will be hosting the Community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 6 PM .  Everyone is invited to come and worship together, Fr. Steven Beatty and Rev. Randy Davis will bring the message.  Light refreshments will be served immediately following the service

Gallatin County Fair Queen Bree Cox Getting Ready for Pageant in Springfield

Gallatin County Fair Queen, Bree Cox recently attended a meeting in Mt. Vernon, IL. to learn what to expect as she represents Gallatin County at the State Fair Queen contest that will be held in January located in Springfield. The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fair held the informational meeting Sunday, November 9th. 
Accompanying Bree were her Mother, Shawna Bosawand Nancy Drone Schmitt who helped not only Bree with hair and make up, but several Gallatin County Fair Queens in the past. 
Great job ladies...!

Keep Your Pets Warm

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The Illinois Home Extension and 4-H release the following on how to take care of your pets in this cold weather.

With the recent cold temperatures it may be time to consider how your pets are handling the frigid weather.  Like people, animals have varying degrees of cold tolerance.  Some seem to enjoy the cold weather and would prefer to stay outside rather than in the home.  Others you practically have to drag outside for a walk.  And just like people, elderly, very young, arthritic or otherwise ill animals will have more difficulty in the cold.

It is true that long-haired, thick coated dogs and cats tend to tolerate cold better than their short-haired counterparts.  However, a fluffy coat isn’t a guarantee that they will be OK in freezing weather.  In addition you have to take their size into consideration.  A short-legged pet tends to get cold faster since their belly rubs the frozen ground more often than a taller animal.

To keep your pets healthy and happy the American Veterinary Medical Association offers a few tips.

  1. 1.Make sure your pet has access to fresh, unfrozenYou can purchase a heated water bowl (make sure the cord can’t be chewed) or change the water in the bowl throughout the day.
  2. 2.Provide your pet shelterIf cat or dog wants to go out of the house, let it; if it prefers to stay in the house allow it to.  If you cannot let your pet stay in the house, provide it with adequate shelter.  An insulated, draft-free, dry area with a raised floor and thick bedding such as straw is needed for your pet to maintain his or her body temperature. The ideal pet shelter is only big enough for the animal to stand up and turn around in.  The smaller size allows for the animals body heat to help warm the space.  Heat lamps and space heaters aren’t recommended due to the risk of burns or fire.
  3. 3.Realize that cold combined with wet isAllow your wet pet to come in to dry off and get warm. A wet animal can’t fully use its fur to stay warm.   The water prevents it from “lofting” to help trap warm air.  Even after an animal has dried off, if the hairs are clumped together they don’t provide enough insulation.  Brush the coats of your animals who have been wet to help their hair “fluff” so they can stay warm.
  4. 4.Recognize what’s normal for yourIf you pet seems to have less energy, is whining, shivering, seems anxious, or begins looking for places to burrow bring them inside.  These are all early warning signs of hypothermia.  Hypothermia can result in a low heart rate, coma, and even death. 
  5. 5.Put on a jacket. Yes, those little doggie sweaters can be more than justJust as your jacket helps keep you warm, a little jacket can help keep your pet comfy when outdoors. 
  6. 6.Realize that pets that stay outside in cold weather may need more nutritionalIf your pet seems to be losing weight you may need to increase the amount of food you feed by about 20% for the duration of winter.
  7. 7.Leave your pets atWe all know that our cars become ovens in the summer.  Did you know your car becomes a refrigerator in the winter?  The rapid cool down of your car in the winter isn’t healthy for your pet.
  8. 8.Make someWarm vehicles are tempting to stray cats.  Consider banging your hood to encourage any cats that might be hiding there to leave.

In frigid temperatures we are often in a hurry to go inside, and avoid being cold and miserable.   Don’t forget your pets who often live outdoors in various conditions.  With just a little consideration, winter can be much less stressful for you and your pets.  If you have any questions or concerns about you pets’ health and safety, it is always best to contact your veterinarian.  

 For those youth who are interested in learning more about their pets, consider joining 4-H and exploring one of the various project areas related to animals.  Call 272-3022 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more about project areas.