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Community Briefs- April 2, 2014

Teachers, students honored by FFA

TONASKET – Several area teachers and students have received awards from District VII of the Washington Association of Agriculture Educators and Washington FFA Association.

Tonasket High School teacher Matt Deebach has been named the 2013-14 teacher of the year, and new Mansfield High School teacher Jamie Jo Steele is the rookie of the year.

Steele, a Mansfield native, re-started the school’s FFA chapter in September.

She and Deebach will be honored July 2 at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

For the District VII student awards, John Symonds of Tonasket was named the District Star in Agribusiness and received a proficiency award in equine science entrepreneurship. Cassie Spear of Tonasket was named the District Star Farmer and received a proficiency award in beef production entrepreneurship.

Symonds and Spear are slated to represent the district in May at the Stars of Washington Pageant at the 84th Washington State FFA Convention.

Elizabeth Jackson of Tonasket was the swine production entrepreneurship winner, and Brisa Leep of Tonasket won for placement in outdoor recreation.

Sprayer workshops set in Ferry County

REPUBLIC — Sprayer calibration workshops are planned next week in Ferry County.

Participants can learn how to calibrate a skid/boom sprayer, hand line and backpack sprayer, and learn about weeds.

The Washington State University Extension offices for Ferry County and the Colville Indian Reservation are joining with the Ferry County Noxious Weed Control Board office in offering the free workshops.

Three state pesticide license recertification credits will be available.

Workshops will be offered from 1-4 p.m. April 8 at the Ferry County Fairgrounds, 14 Lawson Way, Republic; 9 a.m. to noon April 9 at the Inchelium Community Center, 9 Hornet Lane, and 1-4 p.m. April 10 at the Kettle River Grange, 25262 U.S. Highway 395 N., Barstow.

Advance registration is required by 4 p.m. Friday through the Ferry County Extension office, 509-775-5225 Ext. 1116.

Goat Day planned in Okanogan

OKANOGAN – Goat Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Caso’s Country Foods, 2406 Elmway.

The event, hosted by the Unlimited Riding of Okanogan County 4-H Club, will include a variety of goat-related information and demonstrations.

Topics include:

• Goats for weed control.

• Goat races.

• Goat meat recipes.

• Milking demonstration.

• Hoof trimming.

• Braiding goat collars.

Goats will be provided for the demonstrations.

– The Chronicle

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