*Gary and Susanne McCollum of Gasport were recently honored as the 2007 4-H Distinguished Award Winners at the annual meeting and dinner of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County.
The McCollums, who own and operate a dairy farm, have been long-term supporters of and leaders in the Niagara County 4-H program. They were both active as youth members of the Orangeport Rangers 4-H Club and have continued their love and support of 4-H throughout their lives. The McCollums' 4-H tradition continues today with their grandchildren.
The McCollum family has given financial support to the 4-H program, has donated equipment for dairy exhibitors and donated straw for animal bedding at the fair, even in years when the straw crop was poor. They also have been ready and willing to help out on short notice, contributing the use of farm equipment and operators to prepare the tractor pull area at the fairgrounds.
The McCollums also are active in the Holstein Association, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, the Western New York Land Conservancy and the American Farmland Trust. They were also instrumental in forming the Committee to Save Farmland and were successful in preventing the loss of prime Niagara County farmland to a railroad right-of-way.
A plaque with the McCollum coat of arms will be on permanent display in the auditorium of the 4-H Training Center at 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport.
*Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County recently recognized several 4-H volunteers who attained milestones of service to the 4-H Program in Niagara County.
Sue Case, Jennifer Bieber, Jesse Bieber, Bob Glidden and Dennis Smith were awarded certificates and pins for serving as 4-H volunteers for 10 years. Robert Groff Sr. received a certificate and pin for 15 years of service, and John Sweeney Jr. was recognized with a certificate and pin for 25 years of service as a 4-H volunteer and leader.
"Our 4-H program would not be nearly as effective in working with young people if we didn't have dedicated and talented volunteers in the program," said Paul Westfall, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County.
To become a 4-H Volunteer with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County, contact Kim Mansfield at 433-8830 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The Niagara Falls Family YMCA announced that a $500 donation was presented to the organization from Chrysler Corp. The check is a result of Chrysler's association with the branch's fifth annual Golf Classic.