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Washington County 4-H Rifle Club Wraps Up For The Year


A Rifle club began in June under the instruction of John LaBusier. Youth meet every other week. Through this program, they learned marksmanship, the safe and responsible use of firearms, the principles of shooting and much more.

At the very first meeting, the lesson focuses on gun safety and the three main rules that will be used through the season. At each meeting after that, the instructor randomly asks the participants, “who knows the 2nd rule of gun safety?” etc.

The youth also get to take turns being the range officer. They read commands to the shooters and inspect the rifles to make sure that they are unloaded and that the OBI safety devices are installed properly. Not only is this a good experience in safety, but it also helps the kids with their confidence and public speaking skills. It gives them a sense of ownership over their club. Youth work on other fundamentals such as sight alignment, sight picture, trigger control, breath control, position and grip. Participants learn about scoring their paper targets, shooting in a standing position at tin cans and eventually advance to small metal silhouette targets.

4-H uses shooting sports to teach youth development. Our programs are valuable for helping young people develop self-confidence, personal discipline, responsibility, teamwork, self-esteem, sportsmanship as well as other life skills. 4-H Shooting Sports Programs provide a positive experience for youth and promote the safe and ethical use of firearms.

Canning Class August 14

Yes You Can Preserve Safely – August 14 at the Washington County Extension Office.

People tend to learn from their own experiences or by observing others. Many people that will come to is workshop already have some knowledge or experience with food preservation. Often this information has been passed down from family or friends, the Internet, magazines, books, classes, etc. However, the information learned and practiced may be outdated or simply not in the best interest of personal food safety – and if canning is not done properly it can have devastating consequences.

This workshop will focus on Water-bath and Pressure Canning Basics – and even though it’s the basics, there is much to be learned by all with differing levels of experience.

Participants will learn:

• The difference between the two types of canning

• To acknowledge the importance of food safety when handling and preserving food

• Proper food handling practices in order to decrease risk of foodborne illness

• To understand up-to-date food preservation recommendations

• To test dial pressure canner gauges to decrease risk of improper processing, which may lead to illness

This workshop will be offered locally at the Washington County Extension
Office on August 14 at 1 p.m.
Cost to attend is $5 per person. You can register online at or by calling the Washington County Extension Office at 618-327-8881.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal
opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881.

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4-H Rifle instructor John LaBusier instructs students as part of the 4-H shooting sports program.

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