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March 6, 2019 Page 7C iReporter By Caitlin Bennett Jackson Monroe County Extension Coordinator Monroe County 4-H'ers Lola and Coheh Talton exhibited their breed- ing doe breeding ewe projects at the 2019 Georgia Junior Livestock Show, which Was held Feb. 20-23 at the Georgia National Fairgf6unds in Perry. Thousands of 4-H and FFA members attended the show to exhibit their sheep, goats, pigs, and beef and dairy cattle, and came home with lots of awards and great memories. In the breeding doe show Cohen Talton placed fourth in first grade showmanship and fifth in weight class. Pictured is Monroe County 4-H'er Lola Talton with her Reserve Champion Georgia Born Dor- set at the Georgia Junior Livestock Show in Perry Feb. 20-23. Lola Talton placed fourth in sixth grade showmanship and placed first and t. d in weight classes. After rec.eiving first, Lola's doe "Fancy" went on to win Division 1 Reserve Champion. In the breeding ewe show Lola placed second in sixth grade showmanship, fourth place in class four of the commercial black face ewe. She won first place in the Regis- tered Dorset class, which advanced to be awarded fifth overall Dorset and Re- serve Champion Georgia Born Dorset. For more information about youth livestock projects, please contact the Monroe County Extension Office at 478-994-7014. Col. (Retired) Rod Calla- han of Monroe County vis- ited his daughter, Rhonda Lechaire, in Switzerland Feb. 2-14. Rod and Rhonda are pictured in front Eden House, a center for natu- ral birth and pregnancy planning co-founded by Rhonda. Several midwives work with Eden House, and the rhythm method of planning pregnancy is taught. It took two years to get all the permits and other things needed to open Eden House. A child was born at E ien House on Feb. 13, the day before Rod left to come home to Forsyth. Eden House is two-story with offices upstairs and the birthing room and rooms for family downstairs. Depending on the tim- ing of the birth, families are served dinner and/or breakfast. There is a hospi- tal less than seven minutes away. Many regulations dictate when a mother must be transferred from Eden House to the hospital. ' Rhonda l']as two chil- dren, a five-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy. Rod said the children are learning both French '%- Rod Callahan, left, and his daughter, Rhonda Lechaire, stand in front of Eden House, a birthing and education center Rhonda co-founded in Lausanne, Switzerland where she lives with her husband and two children. Callahan and The Reporter visited them in FebruarY/. and English. Rhonda, her enjoyed visited a church in husband and children live Zurich founded in 825 as in Lausanne. In various partly a convent. It became parts of Switzerland, the a Protestant church in the predominant language is 1500's. German, French, Italian .Rod said that although or Romanesque. Rod said the cities in Switzerland are English is the second lan- densely populated, there guage in Zurich. Among is breathtaking scenery other landmarks, Rod throughout the countr)n e e Pictured are the 2019 GrassMasters graduates. Monroe County Exten- sion hosted the University of Georgia GrassMasters series for Middle Georgia counties in Forsyth. tis four-week course consisted of seven programs focused on forage production for grazing and hay in Georgia. Topics included selecting forage varieties, fertiliza- tion, pest management, hay production, forage quality, grazing management, and soil health. All program presenters were members of the UGA Forage Team, a group of Extension agentS from across the state working in conjunction with UGA Extension For- age Specialist Dr. Dennis Hancock, as well as NRCS personnel. Thirty-five participants from 14 counties attended the UGA GrassMasters series and received certifi- cates for attending at least five of the seven dasses. Participants also received a notebook with handouts and reference materials, a copy of "Southern Forages" and "Management Inten- sive Grazing" and a grazing stick. Middle-Georgia Cattlemen's Associa- tion sponsored program refreshments. (Courtesy of Caitlin Bennett Jackson, Monroe County Extension Coordinator) Terry Emlet, left, is Forsyth Con- vention & Visitors BUreau's new Welcome Center Tourism Special- ist. Brandon Ogletree, far right, is the new at-large member on the Forsyth CVB board of directors. He was sworn in at the Feb. 26 meeting. Pictured, left to right, are City Attorney Bobby Melton, CVB board member Faysal Ka- padia, CVB board member Kerri Swearingen, CVB executive direc- tor Gilda Stanberry, CVB board member Amy Knight, CVB board member John Howard, Ogletree. 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