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The Jolly Ranchers 4-H club is well into the holiday spirit.

Club members met Dec. 6 to make holiday centerpieces. The members learned the basics of how to make flower arrangements. They started with a gift box that had floral foam at the bottom. They first added greenery, and then put in a variety of brightly colored plants, including pale green dried hydrangea, brilliant red berries, and spikes of chocolate brown fern seed.

Many members also used seasonal decorations such as jingle bells, glittering snowflakes, or tiny drums. They learned many important points from an experienced flower arranger and former club member.

He told them to make arrangements asymmetrical, to use short greenery around the edge to cover up the unattractive floral foam, and then to make their plant choices gradually taller, till they reached the middle of their container.

The next day the Jolly Ranchers went bell-ringing as a community service project. This was to support the Salvation Army, a local organization who supports the impoverished, especially at Christmas time. Two hours was a long time to stand in the cold, cruel wind but they all stuck it out, for the sake of the needy. They took turns ringing bells, and singing popular Christmas tunes, to encourage shoppers to donate. They were cold, but extremely gratified, by the end of their shift because their kettle was nearly full with the fruits of their labor. They were unanimous in their decision to make this an annual community service project.

To learn more about 4-H and how to join, please contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County at 379-9122.

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