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Patty Close Named 2015 Wisconsin 4-H Key Award Winner

Patty Close, of Wood Creek 4-H Club, has been selected as the Burnett County Wisconsin 4-H Key Award winner for 2015.

Patty Close, Wisconsin 4-H Key Award 2015 Recipient

Patty Close, Wisconsin 4-H Key Award 2015 Recipient

The prestigious Key Award, one of the highest recognitions a 4-H member can receive, honors a select group of 4-H participants annually.  The youth receiving this award are those who have demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H involvement, developed and applied their leadership skills, and actively participated in their club and community.

According to Burnett County 4-H Youth Development Educator, Beth Rank, Patty exemplifies the goals and values of the Wisconsin 4-H Program.  An 11th grader, Patty is in her 8th year as a 4-H member.  She has been awarded Winter Camp, Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference, Citizen Washington Focus, and National Congress trips.  She is an active member of Burnett County Junior Leaders’ Association.  Patty’s projects include Foods & Nutrition (8 years), Horse (8 years), Youth Leadership (5 years), and Photography (3 years).

Key Award recipients are high school students with at least three years of experience in 4-H and one year as a youth leader.  In Burnett County, youth apply for the Key Award by submitting a resume, cover letter, and interviewing with the Awards Committee.

Burnett County UW-Extension congratulates Patty for the recognition of her 4-H achievements and for winning the Wisconsin 4-H Key Award.

Jolly H 4-H Club Earns Community Service Award

The 2015 winner of the Club Community Service Award was announced at the Achievement Celebration on November 1.  Jolly H 4-H Club was chosen for their participation in Adopt-A-Highway, National Night Out/Grantsburg, Pasture Sale for the Grantsburg Fair Board, and for the large flower boxes they made from recycled materials and donated to the Grantsburg Ambulance Service and Grantsburg Fire Department.  Thank you Jolly Hers for your contributions to your community!

Jolly Hers and their recycled wood planters

Service projects are part of Burnett County 4-H culture.  A few other projects include: Wood Creek 4-H Club’s dog pull toys for the Humane Society, Orange 4-H Club’s Salvation Army bell ringing, and Wood River Beaver 4-H Club’s caroling at Grantsburgs Continuing Care Center.

2016 Plat Books Now Available

The 2016 Burnett County plat book includes road and property maps, as well as aerial photos, for each township.  All profits go towards supporting 4-H youth programs.  Plat books may be purchased at the University of Wisconsin-Extension office in the Burnett County Government Center for $32 (includes tax).  Plat books may also be purchased by mail for $38 (includes tax and shipping).  Please make out your check to “University of Wisconsin-Extension” and mail it to:  Plat Book, 7410 County Road K #107, Siren, WI 54872.  Private vendors who will also be selling the 2016 plat books include: Big Mike’s (Siren), Log Cabin Store (Danbury), Burnett Dairy (Alpha), Burnett County Sentinel (Grantsburg), and Inter-County Leader (Siren and Frederic).  For out-of-state and tax exempt information, contact the University of Wisconsin-Extension at 715-349-2151, extension 5.

Care and Mainenance of Residential Septic Systems

University of Wisconsin-Extension Publication B3583

  • Diagram of residential septic system
  • How septic systems work
  • Maintenance and Pumping
  • Sludge and scum build-up
  • Non-degradable materials
  • Waste water volume
  • Bacteria
  • Additives
  • Drainfield
  • Warning signs

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