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4-H instructor updates Alcona board with MSUE activities

June 6, 2012
The Alpena News

HARRISVILLE - In anticipation of the August primary election and its MSU Extension millage in Alcona County, Alcona 4-H instructor Les Thomas provided the Alcona County Board of Commissioners with an update on Wednesday of MSUE's activities and thanked the board for its continued support of the program. If the millage does not pass in August or November, the county likely will lose MSUE and its peripheral programs altogether, including 4-H.

Thomas said 159 Alcona students recently completed a series of water quality classes on Alpena's glass-bottom boat and NOAA facilities, and MSUE distributed over 350 books to local youth in an effort to expand their personal libraries. MSUE is also touting its upcoming "4-H Exploration Days," a three-day, two-night youth conference June 20-22 on Michigan State University's campus to get students excited about post-secondary education; a six-county overnight summer camp with outdoor survival, canoeing, composting, leadership, crafts, swimming, archery, and other activities; and a day trip to the Henry Ford Museum and Comerica Park in July.

"I know there has been a lot of press leading up to the upcoming millage, and I want to personally thank the board members for their support of Alcona 4-H, and by extension MSU Extension," Thomas said.

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