NYS4-HSS Artist, Molly Pokrzywka, Takes Top Fair Honors!

2016 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Artist of the Year, Molly Pokrzywka, captured top honors in the Fine Arts Division at the Saratoga County Fair held July 19-24 in Ballston Spa, NY. Molly won Best of Show and First Place for these two exceptional oil on canvas paintings shown below.

Molly Pokrzywka's  "Brave" took Best of Show at the 2016 Saratoga County Fair

Molly Pokrzywka’s
“Brave” took Best of Show at the 2016 Saratoga County Fair

Molly Pokrzywka's  "Snowy Day on the Farm" took First Place at the 2016 Saratoga County Fair

Molly Pokrzywka’s
“Snowy Day on the Farm” took First Place at the 2016 Saratoga County Fair

Congratulations Molly!

Molly is presently serving as a Summer Intern at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County under the direction of Capital Mohawk PRISM Coordinator, Laurel Gailor. Molly has been working on several web design and graphic arts projects including this Regional Invasive Species Management program poster, below, that was part of an educational display inside the Forest Ranger Cabin at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds throughout Fair week.

Molly Pokrzywka

Molly Pokrzywka

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Be sure to visit 4-H Shooting Sports at a County Fair near you this summer and the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports booth at the Great New York State Fair from August 25 – September 5, 2016…we’ll be there!

In Memory of Annelore Lehr

With great sadness, we are writing to let our community know that long-time New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer and Artist, Annelore Lehr, passed away on June 30.

To many in our audience, Anne was known for her beautiful Wildflower Art often featured at the annual NYS4-HSS Banquet & Auction events. Incredibly kind and giving, Anne was always there to contribute far beyond her cherished artwork having donated decades of time and devoted service alongside her husband, Instructor Russ Lehr, to the New York State 4-H Shooting Sports and Saratoga County 4-H Programs.

We are exceedingly grateful to Anne for all she has given and done for us through her generosity, her dedication, and the heartfelt inspiration she shared with so many over the years. Anne was loved by all who knew her and she will be most dearly missed.

Our deepest sympathies are with the Lehr Family.

Donations, in memory of Annelore Lehr, may be made to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County Education & 4-H Training Center in care of CCE Saratoga County, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

In Memory …
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Wildflower Candle ~ by Annelore Lehr

Day 4 – 2016 SHOT Show Wrap-Up!

By the end of day 3 of the show, NYS4-HSS Assistant Director John Bowe, Instructor Colleen Kimble and Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee headed back home safely to New York leaving Director Bill Schwerd and Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson to wrap-up the last day of the 2016 SHOT Show for the NYS4-HSS Program.

Day 4 found Bill and Kenyon meeting with numerous industry friends and strong supporters of 4-H Shooting Sports including Baron Technology, Burris Scopes, the Great American Tool Company, New York based companies KutMaster/Utica Cutlery, Empire Pewter, Redding Hunter and many others.

Director Bill Schwerd (R) with Mike Mathews (L), National Sales Manager for KutMaster/Utica Cutlery

Director Bill Schwerd (R) with Mike Mathews (L), National Sales Manager for KutMaster/Utica Cutlery

Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson (L) visiting with Michele Dougherty (R) of Empire Pewter

Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson (L) visiting with Michele Dougherty (R) of Empire Pewter

Bill and Kenyon also met with reps from Spypoint of GG Telecom, a company that is working on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) component of NYS4-HSS programming in areas involving computers and cameras.

Other visits made throughout the final day of the SHOT Show covered several safe storage of firearms booths by companies such as Gun Storage Solutions, Snap Safe, Sentry, Browning and Liberty as well as booths featuring firearms safety related gear and equipment including new lux trends in protective headgear for women. It was a very full day!

Kenyon Simpson, NYS4-HSS Education Specialist, trying out some Vegas bling - lux protective earmuffs from Pack'n Heat Products

Kenyon Simpson, NYS4-HSS Education Specialist, trying out some Vegas bling – lux protective earmuffs from Pack’n Heat Products

Thank you to our 2016 NYS4-HSS representatives, Director Bill Schwerd, Assistant Director John Bowe, Education Specialist Kenyon Simpson, State Instructor Colleen Kimble and Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee for making the trip to Las Vegas and for the many miles you logged on the SHOT Show floors representing the program during the week too.

Role model for young shooters, Eva Shockey (L), talking with 4-H Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee (R) during the 2016 SHOT Show

Role model for young shooters, Eva Shockey (L), talking with 4-H Teen Ambassador Logan Kimble-Lee (R) during the 2016 SHOT Show

New York 4-H Shooting Sports wishes to extend our sincere appreciation to the National Shooting Sports Foundation and our many friends, donors and sponsors at the 2016 SHOT Show for their gracious and vital support!

Be sure to follow us here on the NYS4-HSS Blog and on our website at
http://www.nys4-Hshootingsports.org for news, upcoming programs and calendar events including forthcoming information on our biggest fundraiser of the year – the 2016 New York State 4-H Shooting Sports Annual Banquet & Auction – where you just might find some amazing items from this year’s SHOT Show!

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SHOT Show Day 3

There is sometimes a decline in foot traffic around the SHOT Show exhibit halls on Day 3 though this morning there didn’t seem to be any slowdown in the number of people doing business. It’s pretty amazing considering one of the outdoor writers we met said he’d traveled 10 miles the first day inside the show and had logged five miles before lunch today.

The first two days of the SHOT Show, for us, are spent focusing on current partners and donors. We’re able to drop off materials that demonstrate our successes, visit and thank them for their generous support and donations. On day 3 we get to wander around the show more, look at new items and see new companies.

Colleen Kimble (L) and Logan Kimble-Lee (R) with Sandy Chisholm (C) owner of North American Arms - friend and supporter of 4-H Shooting Sports .

Colleen Kimble (L) and Logan Kimble-Lee (R) with Sandy Chisholm (C) owner of North American Arms – friend and supporter of 4-H Shooting Sports .

During today’s walk through the show Logan, Colleen and I visited with Starr at Laughing Rabbit, Inc. (LRI), an innovative woman owned company that’s making great inroads in a traditionally male dominated industry. LRI makes Photon lights which are tiny keychain lights which can be seen up to one mile away. These little lights are an excellent little product at an affordable price.

We also visited with the owner of PFI Mold, the maker of Z-blade knives. This small company retooled a product they had developed for the medical industry. The knife is essentially a scalpel blade with an injection molded handle and they developed a locking cap/sheath to allow it to ride in backpacks, coat pockets, and field coats without the risk of cutting the fabric. The blade is surgically sharp and is demonstrated in a company video that shows field dressing, skinning, and caping elk.

We later stopped by the Red Rock Outdoor Gear booth to look at the many backpacks, carry bags, and gear organizers they had. Colleen, who raises Clumber Spaniels, also noticed their dog leashes and collars.

Meanwhile, Kenyon met the owner of Hogue Grips and as they discussed Shooting Sports, the owner recalled how his daughters had grown into great young women due in part to 4-H which can only happen with the assistance of caring parents who make the time for their kids activities. 4-H is everywhere!

Over at Industrial Revolution, Logan, Colleen, and I met Dave Canterbury, a well-known survival expert who used to appear in Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival and is the owner of the Pathfinder School in Ohio. There we looked at the Light My Fire knife, which is produced for Industrial Revolution by Mora of Sweden.

Assistant Director John Bowe with survival expert Dave Canterbury at the Industrial Revolution booth . IR produces the Light My Fire Brand.

Assistant Director John Bowe with survival expert Dave Canterbury at the Industrial Revolution booth . IR produces the Light My Fire Brand.

Back at the Adventure Medical/Survive Outside Longer booth, the group ordered a number of Urban Survivor backpack kits to use in upcoming fundraisers and with Hunter Education courses. NYS4-HSS may have some extras available if you need an Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) kit.

Last year, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) opened a SHOT Show store. The sales from that store went very well, even better than their staff had expected, which prompted the opening of a second NSSF store for the 2016 show too. Items there included vests, hoodies, polos, t-shirts, hats, and even shotshell shaped shot glasses and wad cutter shaped thermoses.

Project Childsafe is a program that is now being operated by National Shooting Sports Foundation. The project has given away 37 million FREE locks in last 15 years!

Project Childsafe is a program that is now being operated by National Shooting Sports Foundation. The project has given away 37 million FREE locks in last 15 years!

At almost every booth we visited, family was an important part of the success. Even in a time when smaller companies have ties to or are becoming parts very large corporations, there are still strong family ties in the industry. Many of these companies have several generations, or extended family members, engaged in different parts of manufacturing or sales. There is so much comradery at the SHOT Show that in a way, it is like one big family in and of itself. Importantly too, many of these families have connections to 4-H in one way or another.

Richard Baron (L), Colleen Kimble (CL), Logan Kimble-Lee (CR) and Emily Baron (R) at the Baron Technology Booth.

Richard Baron (L), Colleen Kimble (CL), Logan Kimble-Lee (CR) and Emily Baron (R) at the Baron Technology Booth.

Until Day 4, safe travels!

John Bowe
NYS4-HSS Assistant Director

Warren County Surpasses Goal & Turns John Pink!

Congratulations to Warren County 4-H for surpassing their goal of reaching $1000 for 4-H and the CR Wood Cancer Center in Glens Falls, NY by September 30 at exactly 4:31 PM for the Think Pink, Live Green Challenge.

John Bowe goes pink for the cause

John Bowe Goes Pink for the Cause

John said he is a man of his word and had his hair dyed pink for the cause on Friday October 3. (The ladies who cut his hair refused to do his goatee, fearing his chin would be permanently colored pink…thus he had to pass on that option.) You’re a good sport, John, and we think you look great in pink!

Thank you to everyone who contributed!

2014 NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event

Please join us for the 2014 NYS 4-H Shooting Sports Banquet & Auction Event at Fort William Henry Resort in beautiful Lake George, NY on Saturday April 26, 2014.

This premiere annual event raises vital funds that help ensure our commitment to excellence and growth in educational 4-H youth shooting sports statewide programming. We are exceedingly grateful to all our sponsors, donors, friends and supporters who continue to make this event and our goals possible. We cannot do it without you.

Reservations for the 2014 Banquet & Auction Event are still open and Special Overnight Packages are available. For more information or to register, please see visit our website at nys4hshootingsports.org or contact New York State 4-H Shooting Sports at 518-885-8995.

We hope to see you there!

Fort William Henry & Museum

NYS 4-H Shooting Sports – Direct from the 2014 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV

Wally Gardner (L), President, Canal Street Cutlery (Ellenville, NY) with Kenyon Simpson (R), NYS 4-H Shooting Sports, at the 2014 SHOT Show.

Chip Hunnicutt (L), Crosman Corporation (Bloomfield, NY) with Bill Schwerd (R), Director of NYS 4-H Shooting Sports, trying out the new Benjamin Break Action Air Rifle at the 2014 SHOT Show’s Media Day at the Range in Boulder City, Nevada.

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Abigail Jordon at the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors meeting – October 16, 2012

Abigail Jordan stepped up to the podium at the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors meeting on October 16, 2012 to thank them for their support of Cooperative Extension and the 4-H Youth Development Program.  Abigail has been actively involved in 4-H for 10 years and is a member of the Burning Arrows 4-H Club.  In addition to acquiring knowledge and mastering the skills of archery, Abigail’s participation in the 4-H Archery Project has fostered the development of her public speaking skills through the public presentation training requirement.  Abigail is also a 4-H Choose Health Teen Ambassador.  She is seen (left) below with her younger sister, Lily, and Chairman of the Board, Tom Wood, Supervisor from the Town of Saratoga.

Abigale Jordan - Saratoga County Board of Supervisors meeting on October 16, 2012

Abigail Jordan with her sister Lily and Chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors, Tom Wood (Town of Saratoga).

First Full Day – Game Drive

Overcast & HUMID! about a half hour out we found a Fresh Kill by a Chetta not far off was the Mother & her 4 cubs. Great picts. Many of the antelope species some Buffalo & “George” the star of Planes Of Africa.
The evening drive – Aah thats better- stars a Blk Rino Bull; Elephants; Blk Rino Muther & Young, Wart Hog Mom & Young one, & of course more of George.

Getting up at 5AM for our 6AM drive in the morning so Night Night.

Jack